Grand Canyon — Round Two! (2/3)

Photography

A paddle trip through the Grand Canyon is many things. It is daily life, such as eating and sleeping. It’s learning to fight through waves with teamwork and camaraderie. It’s history — natural and human. Most of all it’s the exploration of the unknown. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Canyon — Round Two! (1/3)

Landscapes, Photography, Sports, Travel

Early this year the unthinkable happened. On January 11, exactly one year after hiking out of the Grand Canyon (as blogged about just a few posts ago), I hiked back down and floated the second half!

The serendipity was striking. Get additional details in the full write-up I did for the News-Miner. 

 

 

 

 

Atigun to Sag, Accomplishment (3/3)

Alaska, Landscapes, Photography, Sports, Travel

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Reaching accomplishment creek on the Sag River is indeed an accomplishment. Fully out Alaska’s snowy Brooks Range and into the seemingly endless arctic tundra. 

However, accomplishment and completed are not synonymous. Another very full day awaits – half on on whitewater and half in a car.

But what better way to reward an accomplishment than Alpenglow reflected in a tranquil rock garden in a truly wild place. 

Atigun to Sag (2/3)

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After a full day of technical water in the Atigun canyon, and a half day of flat floating on the Sag River, vast expanses appeared on the north side of the Brooks Range, far in Alaska’s Arctic.  Here, The Sag  cuts through the frame during a very strenuous side hike. 

Almost immediately after this hike, white water turned up for the next day-and-a-half. 

Atigun to Sag (1/3)

Alaska, Landscapes, Photography, Sports, Travel
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Fall and winter collide in the Atigun River Gorge. Sept. 2, 2017.

It seems my life is being drawn toward rivers significantly more in recent years. I don’t necessarily go searching, but don’t turn them down either. 

Such a situation arose last fall, when I got the opportunity to float the Atigun and Sagavanirktok rivers. They are extremely remote class II-IV rivers, far above the Arctic Circle, flowing north out of Alaska’s Brooks Range.

It’s a nine hour drive north from Fairbanks just to the put in — cell phone service is unavailable after about 45 minutes of driving. Don’t forget to add a few extra hours for the car shuttle. 

Needless to say, the trip is extraordinary. 

Grand Canyon (2/3)

Landscapes, Photography, Travel

Be sure to check out the full-length article full-length article I wrote about my trip down the Grand Canyon for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. 

Grand Canyon (1/3)

Landscapes, Photography, Travel

The year is quickly coming to an end, which makes me think about all the great activities it was filled with — none more monumental than paddling the first half of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, which fittingly started on Jan. 1. 

Check out the full story with photos I wrote for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

 

 

 

Olympic Peninsula (3/3)

Landscapes, Photography, Travel

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Only a few hours drive from the beach leads to the Hoh Rainforest, one of the largest temperate rain forests in the U.S.

My grandma — who inspired the trip around the peninsula — didn’t advise visiting Hoh Rainforest for the very appropriate reason of rain and big trees being all too easy to find in Washington. But it was close, so I went and enjoyed a rare sunny afternoon walk. 

The depth and patterns created by luminous leaves made for lovely photographic subjects.