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.
(This piece is posted with permission from Trustees for Alaska.) The Western Arctic needs protection. Migration routes and subsistence foods are at risk.