Hiking and travel guide to Alaska. Mostly in the Fairbanks and interior region of Alaska, but always expanding to new areas!
Stories of adventures and living in Alaska. Science related to atmospheric optics and aurora. Photography, cooking, gear reviews, whatever I feel like.
Alaska wildflower guide with many photos and galleries of photos with identifying information, nomenclature and taxonomy, uses, and links to more references.
Tutorials on general and auorora photography. How to shoot the northern lights, how to edit photos in post-processing with a focus on FOSS software programs.
23 11 2020
When and why you should (or shouldn't) shoot in raw. Photography and aurora photography tutorials.
21 11 2020
I've heard a few stories recently about disappointed "aurora tourists" around the world. Do the photos really look like what you see in social media? My article on honesty in aurora photography.
12 11 2020
My review of the Gregory Alpinisto 35 and 50 liter backpacks. These are great packs for skiing, snowshoeing, or any winter sport with lots of useful features for a pretty streamlined pack.
27 09 2020
A basic, yet comprehensive explanation of what causes the aurora. Tying together the solar wind, geomagnetic field, Van Allen belts, atomic energy states, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
26 09 2020
My review of the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. A great lens for aurora and night sky photography! Gallery with some sample images.
20 09 2020
Mountain death camas is a lily-like white flowering plant in moist grasslands. The whole plant is very toxic to humans and livestock.
07 09 2020
The following are a few examples of how to create a simple plot in Matlab/Octave, Python3, and Julia. I made a similar look between all three programs, trying to keep each as close to the...
06 09 2020
Late summer day-hiking near Fairbanks in 2020. Photos from the Gulkana Glacier, Nome Creek, Creamer's Field, and Angel Rocks.
05 09 2020
Photos and brief description of ice crystal growth in an R-channel, or Röthlisberger style subglacial channel in winter - Castner Glacier - Alaska Range
30 08 2020
In late July, Cat and I attempted to hike Mt. Healy via Bison Gulch, just south of Healy, Alaska. It gets added to the list of failed attempts on my list for 2020. This just...
24 08 2020
A few of the brands I trust - Since I am writing gear reviews on equipment I use, a few brand names will keep reappearing. Here's a few points on picking brands and staying unbiased...
18 08 2020
The wood frog is the furthest north living amphibian on the planet. It has the remarkable ability of being able to freeze solid over winter and re-wake after thawing in the spring.
08 08 2020
My Review of the Nikon AF-S FX 200-500mm f/5.6E lens. Great for wildlife or sports photography!
08 08 2020
Description for a few backcountry hikes possible near the Worthington Glacier starting at 2-miles and up. Maps, photos, and information.
02 08 2020
Map and descriptions for numerous trails near the entrance and Visitor Center to Denali National Park. Trails for all walkers and hikers.
27 07 2020
Keystone Canyon is a gorgeous 3-mile long canyon with enormous waterfalls and cliffsides near Valdez, Alaska. There are numerous hiking trails in the area.
25 07 2020
At the beginning of July, we spent a weekend in Denali, camping for 2 nights at the Riley Creek Campground. For a change, we weren't off for big adventures, but I had the goal of...
25 07 2020
The MSR Windburner is an exceptional personal stove system made by Mountain Safety Research. My review, tech specs, and recommendations for use.