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Polar Explorer Makes First Solo January Summit of Alaska’s Mount McKinley

17,200ft to 11,200ft – Denali January 12, 2015 Photo: West Buttress Ridge – by Lonnie Dupre Dupre called today at 15:57(CST) via his satellite phone at 14,200ft. He started his ascent from 17.2K to the summit at 5am Alaska time, arriving at 20,320ft(Summit) 2pm and arriving back at 17.2K at 5:15pm. For the summit, Lonnie…

Behind the Shot: Skier Cody Townsend in Alaska’s Tordillos to Film Days of My Youth

Bravo to skier Cody Townsend on winning Powder Magazine’s award for the Best Ski Line of the Year, seen in the video clip above from the new ski film Days of My Youth. Here Cody tells a little about this shot from the making of the new ski film and schools us in the delights of Alaska’s…

Alaska: Hike Lost Lake

  Find your bliss in the Land of the Midnight Sun by backpacking one of the most scenic trails on the Kenai Peninsula. What Is It? This 15-mile moderately challenging point-to-point route begins at mile post 5 on the Seward Highway and climbs 2,000 feet. After the first 7.5 miles, you’ll link up with the…

Kilian Jornet on Going Up and Down Denali in Less Than 12 Hrs. Next: Elbrus, Aconcagua

Mountain endurance athlete Kilian Jornet set a new speed record on 20,322-foot Mount McKinley, or Denali, in Alaska, on June 7, 2014. The 26-year-old Catalonian’s ascent and descent took 11 hours and 48 minutes, which was five hours faster than the previous record of 16 hours 46 minutes set by Ed Warren in 2013. Jornet used skis…

Alaska’s Lost Coast: Dog Sharks, Bears, and Cape Fairweather

See Cameron Lawson’s previous dispatches on Alaska’s Lost Coast >> Thousands of dead dog sharks are scattered along the beach from a high tide that vanished hours ago. The sun is intense today and the fish are literally baking in the heat. Wafts of decay fill the salt air as we weave around twisted carcasses…

Alaska’s Lost Coast: The Mighty River and Mountain Sanctuary

See Cameron Lawson’s previous dispatches on Alaska’s Lost Coast >> With our bikes strapped tightly to the bow, we wedge ourselves into puny Alpacka rafts, and get ready to cross the mighty Alsek, an enormous river that empties into Dry Bay at an average flow of 80,000 cubic feet per minute. Before shoving off, we…

Alaska’s Lost Coast: Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Iris runs her finger along the wrinkled topographic map as we get our bearings along the Lost Coast approximately 50 miles southeast of the Yakutat airport. The maps were produced in 1961, and we soon discover that some of the features—such as rivers—have shifted, dried up, or been replaced with dense vegetation. “Hey Cam, the…

Alaska’s Lost Coast: Welcome to the Last Frontier

See Cameron Lawson’s previous dispatches on Alaska’s Lost Coast >> A twinge of nervous energy flowed through my body as I entered the small, metal airport terminal in Yakutat in search of my companion for the Lost Coast expedition ahead. Amongst a dispersed crowd of tourists dressed in chic outdoor gear and a handful of…

Skiing Denali: The Fast Way Down

Gripped, edges in on the 60-degree slope, and terrified beyond my wits, it slowly occurred to me that skiing Denali’s Rescue Couloir had not been the best idea in these conditions. Looking down the gullet of Rescue from just below 17,000-ft. camp, the idea of descending through the thin chute, lined with jagged shale incisors…

Alaska’s Lost Coast by Bike and Packraft: Blind Date, Alaska Style

Read Cameron’s previous posts on Alaska’s Lost Coast >> Before departing for Alaska’s Lost Coast, my partner and I had never met, and we certainly didn’t know if we’d make good traveling companions. We had a 200-mile journey through remote Alaskan wilderness ahead of us, and we both had a lot of questions brewing in…