Alaska Tag

Capitol Christmas Tree, Charitable Giving, On Assignment / 23.11.2015

The first significant snowfall of the year was apparent as my plane touched down on the tarmac of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Once again I had dodged the weather. Having fallen the day before I was happy to see the ice and snow melting in the sunshine of a clear afternoon that would not delay my return flight home to Madison, Wisconsin. After almost four weeks on the road and more than 6,000 miles of travel this was just one of the many wonderful things in my...

Capitol Christmas Tree, Charitable Giving, On Assignment / 18.11.2015

Chillicothe Ohio, population 21,899, likely drew the most inspiring crowd we’ve seen so far. The Capitol Christmas Tree cruised to stop in front of Mount Logan Elementary School. To the sheer delight of several hundred children the massive semi-truck arrived driven by a man in a bright red coat that bore an uncanny resemblance to Santa Claus. The moment John Schank, 2014 Alaska Truck Driver of the Year, descended the steps of his customized Kenworth big-rig the kids swarmed around to get their pictures taken with him and...

Capitol Christmas Tree, National Forests, On Assignment, Special Events, Video / 02.11.2015

Sharon Isaak (right) is an elder in the First Nation Kenaitze tribe of Alaska. She and her family were among the many who created original ornaments for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. With great enthusiasm and excitement she made a special trip to Seward Alaska to witness the harvest and preparation of the People's Tree for its long journey to Washington D.C. "With all that goes on in the world," she said "it's just fun to see everyone smiling over a tree." Kenaitze Elder Smiles Over Captiol Christmas Tree...

Capitol Christmas Tree, National Forests, On Assignment / 29.10.2015

On October 27, 2015 the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree​ was harvested in the Chugach National Forest​ near the town of Seward, Alaska​. This spectacular Lutz Spruce will stand on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. as a timely symbol of peace and unity for the American People. The meticulous process of carefully selecting, cutting and transporting the People's Tree on a journey of more than 3,000 miles over land and sea represents the hard work and dedication of hundreds of men and women across...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Film Festival, Film preview, Interview, Paragliding, Skiing / 30.01.2015

Red Bull Air Force athlete Jon DeVore is riding high on the momentum of an emerging adventure sport. Combining his love of big mountain skiing and skydiving he and his teammates are putting themselves into some of the most inaccessible or inescapable terrain on the planet. Riding steep-angle lines on skis through hard to reach places with the help of a paraglider he’s on the cutting edge between two worlds. In his new film out this month at Red Bull On-Demand, DeVore pushes the boundaries of skiing beyond...

Adventure Activism, Expedition Denali, Expedition News, Life Out Loud / 29.06.2013

Even as the Expedition Denali team made their way off the mountain their enduring legacy of excellence took its first steps. On June 28 at the University of Alaska Anchorage several youth groups gathered for a solidarity hike to celebrate the distance the climbers aimed to travel from their High Camp at 17,200 feet to the 20,328-foot summit, a distance of about 5 miles. Get Outdoors Alaska, a grassroots advocacy organization for environmental protection, was just one of many supporters across the country who put together similar events...