Category Archives: Alaska

Too Much High Tech In The Woods

Let Google’s Street View Trekker hike the path for you? No thanks, we’ll pass even if it means we might get a blister on the back of our heel. In this Trail Talk blog we ponder when is so much … Continue reading

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Skiing at Minus 3? No Sweat!

Sure it’s been sub-zero throughout much of the state this week. But in this Trail Talk blog Jim DuFresne discovered cross-country skiing in such Arctic temperatures can be a warm experience. Rather think about summer? On Saturday March 7 Jim … Continue reading

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A Fishing Tale: Brown Bears & Big Sockeyes

Brown bears and big fish are the highlights to a fly fishing adventure on Alaska’s famed Russian River. Continue reading

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Sally Jewell: She’s No James Watt

Sally Jewell, the CEO of REI, has been nominated to be the next Secretary of the Interior and that’s great because she’s one of us, somebody who maintains their sanity by escaping outdoors. Continue reading

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A Trusted Friend: My Dana Backpack

For 25 years and around the world Jim DuFresne used his Dana Design backpack to carry what he needed to survive in the wilderness. Continue reading

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Lessons From Alaska’s Chilkoot Trail

You’ll learn a lot hiking the Chilkoot Trail. You get a history lesson on the Chilkoot and a sense of the feverous attraction gold can have on men. You learn a little about personal perseverance as you struggle over the … Continue reading

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Riding The Alaska State Ferries To Adventure

Editor’s Note: Jim DuFresne, the main contributor to MichiganTrailMaps.com, just filed his second blog entry from his summer of wanderlust in the Last Frontier. We really hope he comes back some day.   I’m eating lunch at my favorite restaurant … Continue reading

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