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

23 11 2020
Shoot in RAW

When and why you should (or shouldn't) shoot in raw. Photography and aurora photography tutorials.

Honesty in Aurora Photography
21 11 2020
Honesty in Aurora Photography

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.

Review: Gregory Alpinisto Pack (35 and 50)
12 11 2020
Review: Gregory Alpinisto Pack (35 and 50)

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.

aurora borealis over fairbanks alaska
27 09 2020
What Causes the Aurora

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
Review: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens

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.

Mountain death camas – Anticlea elegans
20 09 2020
Mountain death camas – Anticlea elegans

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
Plotting Simple Functions

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...

A hiker on the Gulkana Glacier
06 09 2020
Late summer day hikes around Fairbanks

Late summer day-hiking near Fairbanks in 2020. Photos from the Gulkana Glacier, Nome Creek, Creamer's Field, and Angel Rocks.

Ice Crystals in R-Channels
05 09 2020
Ice Crystals in R-Channels

Photos and brief description of ice crystal growth in an R-channel, or Röthlisberger style subglacial channel in winter - Castner Glacier - Alaska Range

Mt. Healy, High Blood Pressure, and Not COVID – July 2020
30 08 2020
Mt. Healy, High Blood Pressure, and Not COVID – July 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
Brands I Trust

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...

Wood frog in Fairbanks, Alaska
18 08 2020
Wood Frog – Lithobates sylvaticus

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
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
08 08 2020
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
02 08 2020
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
27 07 2020
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.
25 07 2020
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
25 07 2020
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.

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