The evanescent Iditarod Trail

The evanescent Iditarod Trail

Somewhere at latitude 63.87N on the shores of the Bering Strait, a practicable 80-mile long valley connects Alaska’s western shores with the Interior, between coastal mountains. Used by humans and animals for thousands of years, we know it today as the Kaltag portage. It is one of the better used portions of the heterogeneous Iditarod […]

Reframe for infinity

Reframe for infinity

Life has lots of climbs. Make them yours. Love them.

Thrive at the Edge

Thrive at the Edge

A couple of hundred miles into the Yukon Arctic Ultra race, it is night again. 30 degrees below. My sled slides silently behind me as I run evenly across the surface of yet another frozen lake. My early hamstring injury is holding up, with the help of a KT tape fix I found works. I […]

The Arctic Delivers Clarity

The Arctic Delivers Clarity

After three days of an all-out effort, the team had not found an access route from the frozen sea to Coronation Glacier. We were north of the Arctic Circle, we had a science agenda to execute, and we were running out of time. It was only reasonable to acquiesce to the situation. We agreed we […]

Eleven days before take off

Eleven days before take off

We are living the knowledge economy. We sit and ponder about narrower and narrower topics, neurons within a superb yet spiralingly complex lattice of sensors, sense-makers, and deciders. With that backdrop, it is a welcome change of pace to work with my hands, modifying sleds, building cooking tables, labeling equipment bags, folding a large and […]

19 days to Baffin

19 days to Baffin

Little by little the Penny Ice Cap Expedition is taking over my mind and my time. Abstractions and generalities about a great adventure turn into a thousand details that matter. The easy details are taken care of, and the tough ones are now front and center, as the clock ticks away towards our scheduled take […]