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“Not all those who wander are lost”

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings


What is lost? The dictionary defines the state of being lost as “having gone astray or...

What About West Peak?

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If you love being outdoors in Juneau, then you are familiar with most of the local mountains that are popular day hikes. There’s Mt. Juneau, obviously, then Gastineau Peak, Mt. Roberts, and Sheep...

Thunder Mountain traverse - now and then

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Yes, I have been hiking. No, I have not been writing about my hikes. I have been approached by quite a few people over the past 11 months (has it been that long since my last blog?), asking me...

My PFD Came One Day Early On Blackerby Ridge

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Every time I looked at the weather forecast, I had to rub my eyes. The rain followed by showers followed by more rain was easy to believe. But what was this sunny weather predicted in the middle...

A Real Juneau Hiker

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Most of the low lying trails around Juneau involve hiking out and back. We are surrounded by saltwater on one side and the Juneau Icefield on the other, with glacier carved valleys hemmed in by...

Summer Hikes: Part II

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Summer Hikes, continued-

Summer Hikes: Part I

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Ah, what a summer it’s been so far. My goal this year as a newly retired person is to get outside and do something active every day, rain or shine. At first I had this crazy idea that I would be...

Winning the Weather Lottery: Kayaking in Berner's Bay

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The weather towards the end of June was cloudy and rainy, with not much hope for improvement any time soon. We squeezed in some good bike rides and hikes when we got the chance, but for the most...

Pick a Ridge

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“We need to do a ridge hike,” I told Scott. “We haven’t done a good ridge hike yet this summer.”

He looked surprised as he replied, “Sure we have. We hiked Gold Ridge and up Mt. Gastineau...

Rainy Day Hike

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One of the methods I use to fall asleep is to hike up the Spaulding Trail and over to Muir Cabin in my mind. I try to be as detailed as possible. If I find that I’ve skipped ahead or missed a...


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