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We northerners live in a wondrous world of ice

Our world of ice is beautiful. I can remember as a child in Seward staring at the colorful prism created by sunlight striking ice sickles.

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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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With no wind, Eklutna Lake was glass, mirroring the snow-capped mountains and the emerging green on their lower flanks.

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It was a sunny, blistering hot day at Seward July 4 where about 1000 runners participated in the 91st Mt. Marathon Race.

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Supreme Pet Peeves and our ability to cope

There are the minor pet peeves, such as ketchup that won’t pour from the bottle despite aggressive tapping and shaking that suddenly releases a wet avalanche upon the plate. There is incessant internet spam on our computers. And how about telephone robo-calls? But with perseverance, we can learn to deal with these kinds of annoyances.

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Memorial Day came and went a month ago. It was celebrated with picnics, barbeques, and furniture store sales. But for some, Memorial Day is all about honoring and remembering the servicemen and women who have given their all for the freedoms we all so very cherish.

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