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Deadly deception

February 12, 2014
Avalanche danger is not just a threat to those seeking out big adventure, such as climbing Denali. Danger can be as close as well-traveled ski slopes or even the snow on your roof. By Andy Hall

Avalanche danger a risk not worth taking   By the time you read this, snow will almost certainly have killed someone in Alaska. It happens every year. In the winter…

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Camping – not

January 20, 2014
The Cricket Pop-up Trailer is the newest excuse for camping, and the latest example of Americans gone soft. crickettrailer.com

REI’s latest craze a sad statement on American recreationalists SEATTLE – The star holiday attraction of 2103 at the REI mothership here was a pop-up travel trailer. Little could say…

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Light up the night

December 23, 2013
LED headlamps improve night exploration in Alaska

Thanks to LED technology, we can love December again Time was when December was, aside from the holidays, the worst month in Alaska. Where America has it’s “hump day” to…

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Love of the hunt

October 28, 2013
Lars retrieves a duck, one of many, during a recent outing with his human, Craig Medred.

‘Noble’ is knowing your animal, and knowing you’re an animal   Somehow there comes just a tinge of unease at the realization that one’s fondest memories are of the Killing…

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Pooch protection

September 30, 2013
Lars’ deep-throated growl was enough to warn Craig Medred that a bear was likely near. A well-trained dog can offer peace of mind in the backcountry. Craig Medred

Well-trained dogs can be a great defense against bears   One deep-throated bark said it all: “Heads up!’’ I looked up from clearing brush in an alder thicket to see…

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Canine cautionary tale

July 15, 2013
A yellow Labrador hikes the Johnson Pass Trail in the Chugach National Forest in the Kenai. Matt Hage-Alaska Stock

Heat of summer spells danger for dogs This is the season dogs die in Alaska. Forget everything you’ve ever heard, read or seen about the “grueling” Iditarod Trail Sled Dog…

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