Safety Matters

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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Lessons from life in hell

September 24, 2013
After the accident. Cyndy Freese

After serious four-wheeler crash, Tracy Bennett appreciates life anew At 41, Tracy Bennett felt like he had the world by the balls. He feared nothing, and could do anything he…

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Training tomorrow’s leaders

August 19, 2013
Instructor Shelley Plumb works with a group of Native youth as they prepare for adventure during a wilderness safety challenge game in Barrow. Debra McGhan

Wilderness safety classes put to use just hours after being learned For two days in May, snow fell endlessly, making air travel from the village of Anakatuvuk Pass impossible. A…

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Complacency a sneaky stalker

June 25, 2013
A lone skier treks across the lower flanks of the Gulkana Glacier. Debra McGhan

Being comfortable outdoors is good; too comfortable is dangerous We’re all guilty of it at some point – that bad habit of getting so comfortable with doing something, we forget…

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