Safety Matters

Be prepared in the backcountry

April 8, 2015
Korey Holland and his family practice constructing a makeshift shelter in the event of an unexpected night out. Debra McGhan

Classes help teach basics so you’ll never say, ‘I should have stayed home’ Every year the Alaska State Troopers respond to dozens of search-and-rescue calls. When they do, they call…

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Crossfit comeback

December 1, 2014
Lynn Reynolds of Denali Crossfit in Wasilla demonstrates a tap swing. Debra McGhan

After car accident Wasilla woman turns to full-body exercise trend Jennifer Hoffman of Wasilla struggled to stay alive after a serious car crash left her fighting to breath. “I’m an…

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Harrowing hunt

September 29, 2014
Kelly scrambles over the rock cliff where she and her husband fell. KELLY CLINGMAN

After one small misstep, adventure turns near deadly Fall is that beautiful time of year when the leaves turn colors and thoughts of filling the freezer draw out hunters. People…

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Life balance

March 21, 2014
The Varidesk active desk will keep you moving while you go about business. COURTESY DEBRA MCGHAN

Sitting still undermines our health goals   For those of us who thought recess was the best subject in school? Looks like we were right all along. To avoid injury,…

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Ready, set to go

February 12, 2014
Participants learn critical skills for locating a buried avalanche victim. By Debra McGhan, courtesy of NAOI

Preparedness in the backcountry can be key to survival   Alaska, especially in winter, is often a harsh and unforgiving environment. On foot, skis, or snowshoes , you can be…

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Smart survival

October 28, 2013
Davey with a display of survival bracelets ready for sale. DEBRA MCGHAN

Close call inspires 12-year-old to create wilderness tool   Grayson Davey of Anchorage isn’t your typical businessman. He’s just 12 years old. Yet this entrepreneur found inspiration to start his…

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