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This is the seven month road trip that turned into my way of life. The story of two years in pursuit of Alaska. Ferryin up, drivin down, taking up roots and driving back to stay.

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At first, I didn’t really know what to expect so I brought everything.

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It didn’t make sense to leave such an amazing ski in/ski out style cabin in the hills, surrounded by friends and indoor heating, but there was a indescribable pull to leave my comfort zone and make sense of myself in a new environment.

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The Hotelement in prime condition. Living in your whip is the sort of thing that gets easier with time.

 

As I look back, I ask myself, “how do I recount two whole years of human experience?” It has been a long, strange trip and the stories I could tell are even longer and stranger.

Instead, I have decided to make a series of posts based on location that is not about me and my accomplishments but rather the places I visit and the people I meet that make everything possible in the Far North. What I want to share with you is the unimaginably large world that exists out there and the potential it holds for adventure.  Attempting to indulge in my fascination with capturing a fleeting moment of beauty has brought me to one of the most dynamic regions of our planet. But I am nothing without the mountains that inspire hope and the people who always drive me forward. If it wasn’t for the warm hospitality of the Alaskan people who showed me their ways or took me in and fed me when I was hitting rock bottom, I don’t even know where I would be today. This is a piece to show off the Great State in all forms.

For some, AK is more than just the 49th state. It stands proud as a symbol for something that is long lost in most of the world today.

The Alps began their mountaineering history as early as the late 1800′s, the western US soon thereafter. Alaska did not see it’s first alpine pioneer until Brad Washburn started his unmatched streak of first ascents among the highest peaks in the 1930′s. Every mountain range seems to have had it’s golden age come and go and left in it’s wake are mythicized stories of mere mortals turned legends. Alaska has a rich history but unlike the industrialized and heavily trodden slopes of  lower latitudes, the shear inaccessibility of the North  still holds in tact a landscape with a history that is yet to be written. This will be the story of my generation.

The following is seven 11-image teasers for full-length trip reports I am going to post throughout the new year.

These are the places that have drawn me in…

~ CHAPTER I: THE CHUGACH RANGE ~

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~ CHAPTER II: THE TORDRILLO MOUNTAINS ~

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Reese Doyle in the Tordrillo Range, Alaska

 

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~ CHAPTER III: THE PAN HANDLE ~

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~ CHAPTER IV: THE KENAI PENINSULA ~

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~ CHAPTER V: THE ALASKA RANGE ~

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~ CHAPTER VI: THE ARCTIC AND INTERIOR ~

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~ CHAPTER VII: IN BETWEEN ~

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Biiig thanks to my friends pictured above…

James Gustafson, Reese Doyle, Travis McAlpine, Dustin Fric, Tony Pavlantos, Chris Coulter, Neil Provo, Ian Provo, Steve Job, Scott Adamson, Zack Giffin, Chris Williams, Titus, Gareth Brown, Laurie Heckman, Jake Soplanda, and Owen Laine