My Faith in Humanity

Violence, greed, corruption, and oppression of people seem unending, but I now have a robust and enduring faith in humanity.

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Alaska Women in the Mountains

What follows are female mountaineers, primarily Alaskans, who have and are continuing to make extraordinary achievements in the mountains.

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Hike on Hope Point Trail Offers a Respite from the Political Season

I’ve always loved the quietness of Hope, which I can guess is the exact opposite of what it was like back in the early 1900s

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Connecting with the past: My discovery

I later re-named it Mount Kennybaker, but my formal application did not receive enough Seward support to be approved by the State of Alaska.

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Curry Ridge Trail Offers Stunning Views of Denali

I’m slowly hiking the trail up to Curry Ridge in the Alaska Range with my friend Carl Portman. Behind us is a palpable presence.

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Reconnecting with my father at “King Midas Mine”

During the summers of 1949-50, my dad, Kenneth D. Baker and Forrest Davis hiked to the north fork of Spruce Creek to work the claim.

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Viewed in a single lifetime, changes to our landscape have been significant

I have seen some striking changes to our Alaska landscape. You need not achieve “geezer” status in age to notice the glacier rapid retreat.

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Knowing when to turn around is crucial in outdoor survival

The motto of Alaska outdoor survival and rescue instructor Brian Horner is “Learn to Return,” and I fully embrace that philosophy.

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Canada’s Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park offers a splendid hiking getaway

My friend Mark Fraker and I had begun our hike from Cathedral Lakes Lodge in the Cascade mountains, about 235 miles east of Vancouver, B.C.

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Bear encounters sharpened my awareness

I know of a bear biologist who spent some 40 years tromping around Kodiak Island, often without a gun; who never had problems with bears.

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