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Other Voices...

Kellie Okonek brings a contemporary and spiritual perspective to her accounts of living and moving through the natural environment. Her website is rich with reflections, trip reports, and resources for those interested in exploring Alaska.

Kellie Okonek: Adventure, Growth, & Discovery

Medred  tackles survival, politics, management science, and the satisfaction of being outdoors in this blog. An avid hunter, hiker, and bear attack survivor, his topics should be of interest to anyone looking for a perspective on the highs and lows of moving through the  Alaska wilderness.

Craig Medred

This private Facebook page lets anyone in and focuses almost entirely on trip reports of hikes taken by its members around the Anchorage area. Hiking in Alaska is an excellent source for ideas on where to go, what to bring, and, sometimes, what not to do.

Hiking in Alaska

Film:

Touching the Void

This well-set and recreated docudrama chronicles a climbing accident and subsequent self-rescue of an alpinist who takes on one of the highest peaks in Patagonia.

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Minus 148 Degrees

Into the Wild

Epic Solitude

TrailLink Alaska

Real-life Adventures....

This public website is a helpful index of trails, trail conditions, events, public use cabins, and other resources for enjoying the outdoors. Sections include trails for biking, running, and dog-friendly adventures.

Alaska Bear Tales

This multi-volume series draws from first-person accounts and official records to details the many bear attacks of humans that have been recorded in the far north. The victims of bear attacks frequently survive to one degree or another and the accounts of perseverance and resourcefulness that follow the initial attacks are often primers in determination and survival.

Mountaineering:

The Freedom of the Hills

This expansive and frequently updated manual covers all aspects of moving safely through mountainous terrain. It is well-illustrated, clearly written, and has been a roadmap for those seeking to challenge themselves in alpine regions for more than forty years.

This first-person account chronicles the 1967 first winter accent of Denali, the highest mountain in North America. The expedition consisted of a loosely organized band of climbing bums. While members of the team eventually summited, another lost his life and others suffer permanent injury. Art Davidson’s account is mountaineering adventure at its best.

This non-fiction work tells the story of a young man who loses his life seeking himself in the Alaskan wilderness. In addition to being a compelling, although debatably accurate, profile of its subject, along the way the reader can pick up many do’s and don’t of traveling and planning trips into the backcountry.


Katherine Keith and her husband moved to a remote cabin in Alaska which moved Keith to write this account of finding herself in the Alaska wilderness. The book is a fine reflection of entering the woods and becoming lost in order to find one’s self.