(This piece is posted with permission from the Patagonia Cleanest Line blog.) Bernadette Demientieff, the Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee: “For us, this is a matter of physical, spiritual and cultural survival. It is our basic human right to continue to feed our families on our ancestral lands and practice our subsistence way of life.”
Richard Spener sits on the board of Alaska Wilderness League, and first visited Alaska in 1987 where he and his wife, Toni Armstrong, sea kayaked in Glacier Bay. Since then they have paddled and hiked in Alaska a total of 12 times, including five unguided trips to the Arctic Refuge.
Recently, I was lucky enough to be part of a small group that landed on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The sun had not set for nearly a month, and the temperatures were still hovering around freezing.
(This piece is posted with permission from ROL Cruises.) Everything you need to know about staying safe in the wild.