150 Mile River Trip through Canyonlands National Park

photo: Meg Smith

This fall, Nick Langowski and I took a 150 mile river trip down the Green River into the Colorado River. We launched from Ruby Ranch, Utah to begin our journey through Canyonlands National Park. Being in the desert was a treat to us. Finally, we don’t have to wear a drysuit! Warm weather and sun on our skin! In Alaska, that is hard to come by. As we started to head into Labyrinth Canyon, there was a feeling of total bliss and freedom. We were on a 14′ raft loaded for... Read The Rest →

SheJumps – Whitewater Kayaking on Six Mile Creek, Alaska

SixMileCreek - SheJumps - 1

On Sunday, August 10th 2014, I organized and brought together a group of 10 amazing women, few of which knew each other, to paddle Six Mile Creek in Alaska. Six Mile is a beautiful river located on the Kenai Peninsula, that offers class II-V rapids. Females of all abilities were welcome and thats exactly what we got!  There was a wide range of experience from beginners to expert whitewater kayakers that joined on the sections they felt comfortable paddling.                     We started off... Read The Rest →

SheJumps Whitewater Kayak Roll Clinic

SheJumps Kayak Roll Clinic - Kelly, Peggy, Olivia, Liz, Katie and I

This past Tuesday, 13 Alaskan women came together for a SheJumps Far North whitewater kayaking roll clinic that I taught. It turned out to be an extremely warm, gorgeous day! Who would have thought we’d be with a group of amazing women wearing bikini’s in a lake in Alaska rolling kayaks?! Here is the article from SheJumps… We started off the clinic by learning how to properly outfit yourselves into a kayak. From there we all got on the water and learned different paddle strokes, plus when to use them on... Read The Rest →

A week in the Wrangell St.-Elias Mountains Ski Camping

Mount St. Elias

This April I got lucky enough to do a ski mission in the Wrangells. A good friend, Rene Welty, called me up and threw out the idea for this trip. I was in! In my mind, there was no way I could pass up an opportunity like this. Rene is a badass climber and pilot that grew up in McCarthy, Alaska in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Her dad, Don Welty, is an amazing pilot and he flew us in there. After a 9 hour drive from Girdwood, we arrived at... Read The Rest →

Valdez ’13

Chillin at the cabin, soaking in the sun.

In the beginning of the month, I skied Valdez for a week with Molly Etters. Last season, I had spent over a month in Valdez and had spent 2 weeks of it ski camping. this season, I had a sweet, cozy cabin to stay in at mile 46. It is a friends cabin who was in the Tordrillo Mountains skiing. It was really nice to come back to a warm cabin everyday. Being in the elements definitely wears you down and is pretty hardcore. Molly and I had a fun... Read The Rest →

Winter in the Chugach 2012-2013

Henry on top of the world! A-1

Here are some photos from my winter in the Chugach Mountains, Alaska. Thanks to all my touring partners for so many incredible days in the backcountry. I love you all! And thank you Alaska, for being so amazing!

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