Alaska Guide

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 Wildflowers

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.

Latest Posts

Review: Nikon AF-S FX 200-500mm f/5.6E

My Review of the Nikon AF-S FX 200-500mm f/5.6E lens. Great for wildlife or sports photography!

A moulin on the Worthington Glacier
Worthington Glacier Hikes

Description for a few backcountry hikes possible near the Worthington Glacier starting at 2-miles and up. Maps, photos, and information.

Reflection at Horseshoe Lake, one of the Denali National Park Entrance Trails
Denali National Park Entrance Trails

Map and descriptions for numerous trails near the entrance and Visitor Center to Denali National Park. Trails for all walkers and hikers.

Bridal Veil Falls in Keystone Canyon near Valdez, Alaska
Keystone Canyon – Valdez Sightseeing

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.

Park visitors speak with Denali National Park Rangers and staff outside the Visitor Center which is closed for the 2020 summer season due to COVID-19.
Weekend in Denali – Year of COVID-19

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...

Review: MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System
Review: MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System

The MSR Windburner is an exceptional personal stove system made by Mountain Safety Research. My review, tech specs, and recommendations for use.

Smugmug – Not Just For Professional Photographers

SmugMug is an excellent photo service, whether you are just looking for an inexpensive cloud option for back-up or a seasoned pro photographer wanting to make a beautifully presented portfolio.

Alaska SeaLife Center
Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a phenomenal non-profit research institution, rescue and rehabilitation facility, and public aquarium all rolled into one. Sadly, due to COVID-19 they are at risk of closing permanently, see what you...

LaTeX in WordPress – Part 1

My documentation on learning to use LaTeX in Wordpress.

Gorgeous and endless views of the White Mountains from the summit
McManus Mountain Hike

McManus Mountain is an excellent hike through tundra and alpine terrain near the twelve-mile summit off the Steese Highway. The area is covered in wildflowers in June and July.

Mt. Prindle and Wind Chimes, large tors on a ridge
Mt. Prindle via Nome Creek

Trail description and map for a popular 2-3 day hike up Mt. Prindle from Nome Creek in the White Mountain National Recreation Area. Great views of tors and valleys.

denali viewed from the thorofare ridge
Mt. Thoro and Thorofare Ridge – Hiking Guide

Route information for hiking Mt. Thoro and the Thorofare Ridge. Both hikes are off-trail, although fairly easy to navigate through rocky alpine tundra.

Water and Ice

Water and ice seem to possess a never-ending range of color and texture. This project involves capturing images of the detail, complexity, and range of color of water and ice.

View of clouds over Wander Lake at the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary in Fairbanks, Alaska
Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Trail

The nature trails at the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary are a wonderful quiet spot to walk around Wander Lake and a perfect spot for birdwatching near town!

hiking in nome creek
Alaska Spring 2020 – Hiking in the Year of COVID-19

I don't need to say that the spring of 2020 has been . . . interesting. For everyone. Here in Fairbanks, we finished off one of the coldest winters since I moved here ten years...

Alaska Guide Map (Full)

Map to travel and hiking locations around Alaska. Each location has a link to a guide on that spot with more detail and things to do or see.

Twin Bears Trails
Twin Bears Trails

The Twin Bears Trail is a relatively easy day hike at mile 29.5 Chena Hot Springs Road. The approximately 5-mile hike gains over 1300 ft. in elevation.

Review: Garmin InReach Explorer+

The Garmin InReach Explorer+ is a handheld GPS and Iridium satellite communication device. It has a long battery life and great navigational capability.

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