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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What Not To Do On a Hike

This was the third time we'd hiked this trail, and I was not really paying attention to how far we’d gone, when we crossed a little creek.

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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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Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue three hikers at Denali Park

Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued three hikers Aug. 6 in the Denali National Park.

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Dew Mound Hike

Guided Hike (Registration required) Join volunteers John and Madelyn Tyson for a loop hike to Dew Mound Lake returning via Echo Bend (6 miles roundtrip). Hikers must be in good

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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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Teens Hike to River

Teen Program (Registration required) Teens – do you get cabin fever during summer vacation and just need to get outside? Today we’ll hike to the Eagle River where we’ll have

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The trailhead at the Eagle River Nature Center opens the pathway to spring. As you set out down the trail, the sweet scent of fresh green pines baking in the sun is strong. It’s a unique alpine announcement that spring is in the air.

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Summer activities bring schedule-juggling woes

We all welcome summertime and the chance to get outdoors. At the same time, the variety of activities being offered bring with it the stress of fitting everything into our busy schedules. Salmon are running, the wilderness bids us to venture out and explore, the backyard hammock beckons on a sunny evening, and summer sports are in full sway.

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Book Review: Denali Ranger, by Lew Freedman

Denali Ranger is an inspiring biography about a man who dedicated most of his life to North America’s highest peak, Denali, and the land surrounding it. In many ways, it is a love story. As a national park ranger on 20310-foot Denali for nearly 40 years, Roger Robinson became a major figure in the mountain’s history by pioneering a new environmental ethos in climbing management: removing waste from the slopes, or “cleaning” the mountain.

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