Spruce, Not Cedar

[In the Prince of Wales article, May 2018], the 5,000-6,000-year-old basket referred to as cedar is actually spruce root. Dave Putnam discovered the Thorne River Basket while working for the Forest Service in the summer of 1994. He and I led the recovery effort and had the basket transported to the...

Acknowledging Knowledge

I live about two pick axe handles from the post office. When I walk it, it seems like two miles. But whether I drive or walk (my George Attla hand-made sled hangs upside-down on my back porch), I never leave the post office until I have thumbed through my Alaska magazine and found “On the...

Denali Details

I enjoyed reading about my late neighbors Ginny Wood and Celia Hunter in the March [2018] edition. However, you did get one thing wrong. Woody did not summit Denali in 1947. My father, Gordon Herreid, was the leader of that expedition and they had to turn back at around 17,000 feet, as Woody was...

Alaska Style

Clothing to get down and get it done. [by Bjorn Dihle] Despite popular belief, Alaska has a sense of fashion as cutting edge as SoHo in New York City. The difference is we go for practical rather than pretty. Sure, men and women alike wear sexy knee-high boots, but they’re made of rubber and...

Land of Wolves and Bears

The hunt for the perfect photo. [by Nick Jans] IT’S 1981, a mid-August evening on the spine of the Kobuk-Noatak divide, 70 miles above the Arctic Circle. It’s hard, wind-scraped country: tundra valleys webbed with caribou trails, rolling away beneath a wide sky.

Preserving the Pack

Wolves of the Alexander Archipelago [by Emily Mount] CRUNCH, CRUNCH, SPLASH, CRUNCH!” I hear them before I see them as I paddle my kayak around a rocky point in Glacier Bay National Park: 12 wolves feasting on a bed of mussels at low tide. They smack their lips, tearing bivalves from the rocks,...

Monsters from the Deep

Exploring the appeal of Alaska’s strangest gamefish [by E. Donnall Thomas Jr.] You don’t need to travel far across Sitka Sound before you begin to fall under the spell of true maritime wilderness—Baranof Island’s convoluted outer shoreline unspools a long way from civilization. Many places...

A New Season

Stillpoint Lodge opens to adventure [by Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan] As the helicopter pilot angles the chopper for a closer look at a glacial crevasse, I think how much Stillpoint Lodge has changed since it opened in 2003. Once a contemplative-retreat center, Stillpoint recently transitioned to a...

Palmer

Home of the Alaska State Fair and freakish veggies [By Susan Sommer] The traffic light pulsing like a heartbeat at the intersection of Alaska Street and Evergreen Avenue gives Palmer a definite small-town feel. And though nestled in Alaska’s fastestgrowing borough, the town retains its charm and...

Among the Bears

Exploring Katmai’s wild coast [by Emily Mount] Our floatplane skimmed low over a grassy headland. I pressed my nose against the window to see a family of brown bears ambling along a game trail below.