Alaska Range Book Update

The Alaska Book continues to sell well, in fact, it has been one of the Mountaineers Books best selling photography books. It is now on its second printing. You can purchase a signed copy off my website, on Amazon or better yet, order it from your locally owned book store.

Thanks again for all your support.

Keep fighting for our mountains and our wild places!


American Mountaineering Exhibit and Presentation

I currently have an exhibit at the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, Colorado. I will be giving a talk at the museum on September 21st as part of Bentgate’s Ski Season Kick Off Party. I will have books on hand and the prints from the exhibit will be on sale. The fun begins at 6 PM.

If you can’t make it to the big party I will be signing some books and chatting with people at Tattered Cover Book Store in Littleton on September 19th, 7pm.


Recent Alaska Range stories and Portfolios


Babel Tower and the South Buttress reflected in a pond.

Here are some links to recent stories and portfolios on the Alaska Range book and project.

Sierra Feature:

Mountain Journey book review:
Mountain magazine’s deep winter issue has a great 5 page portfolio, if you can still find a copy!

And there are still spaces open for my annual Denali Wilderness Photography tour-workshop


Thanks for a fantastic 2016!

Mount Russell

North ridge of Mount Russell, Denali National Park and Preserve

I know that for many people, 2016 has been full of loss and disappointment. I have also felt frustrated, discouraged and saddened by the passing of many wonderful individuals and by the constant news of the destruction and suffering of so many innocent people, wild creatures and wild places.

However, my despair has been lessened by the amazing support everyone has had for my Alaska Range book.

Beginning with the mind blowing Bear Tooth book launch party, which was sold out and had over 400 people in attendance. Even my best friend and frequent mountain companion Sy, couldn’t get in to the party!

Since that event, the book has been selling like crazy. Anchorage has been sold out for weeks. I have had trouble keeping it in stock myself. At one point, the book was #33,000 on Amazon. Doesn’t sound too great? But that was out of over 8,000,000 books available! Not too bad for a photo book of the Alaska Range. Speaking of Amazon, if you have time to write a review on their site, please do!

There is plenty of Alaska Range goodness scheduled for next year. Big features in publications like Mountain magazine, Sierra and Escapism (UK). My solo exhibit at the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, in Golden, Colorado begins in September and I will be there to give a presentation. Some of the Alaska Range prints will be in the National Parks a of Alaska and Hawaii exhibit at the G2 Gallery in Santa Monica. Of course, my eyes are set on 2017 Banff Book Festival!

The 4th annual Denali Wilderness Photography Workshop will take place in June. This is the one and only back-country photography workshop-tour in Denali. So if you want to get away from the crowds and buses, come join me the wilderness! I will also be doing my usual courses at the Anchorage Museum, with some new classes coming, including one in January.

The most common question I have been getting is, What’s Next? That is a tough question. I have been doing more assignment work, both as a writer and photographer. I am also looking at doing more teaching. I have trips to Cuba and Africa coming up in 2017.

My primary website has been revamped and a new blog is in the works (which will be linked to that site).

I know, that doesn’t answer the question. I do have some new projects boiling up, but your just going to have to be patient!

Thanks again for all your support. Wishing everyone a kind and compassionate new year!





Advance Copies of the Alaska Range Book!

Fed Ex delivered two advanced copies of my upcoming Alaska Range book to the door today. It was exciting and a little scary seeing the first printed copies. I have also been working hard printing the 150 limited edition prints that go with the special edition.
I will admit that I am glad that I am printing these via a modern ink printer instead of an old “traditional” process like Ilfochrome. Printing hundreds of prints of the same image in a color analog darkroom was quite labor intensive and honestly, would often drive me near the brink of insanity!
I have sold about 1/3 of the copies of the special edition book/print set. You can pre-order your own copy or a copy of the retail version on the order books page.

The Revelation Mountains


The mighty Mount Hesperus, taken from the East. Revelation Mountains, Alaska

There isn’t a cluster of mountains in the Alaska Range that holds as much mystery and intrigue as the Revelation Mountains. When I look up the statistics for this site, the most popular search term is”Revelation Mountains”. And yet with so much interest, there is very little information about this mighty anchor of granite spires at the far western corner of the Alaska Range.


Unnamed rock glacier, Revelation Mountains

My first visit to the Revelation Mountains was in June of 2006. Six of us did a long backpack along the western edge, over rolling tundra and below towering monoliths. It was one of the best backpacking trips I have done in Alaska, rivaling the mighty Arrigetch Peaks in the Brooks Range.

In 2006, beta about the range was completely vacant. The only written information I could find was in old American Alpine Journals. The most prominent entry was the legendary 1967 Harvard Mountaineering Club expedition. The six members, which included David Roberts and Alaskan Art Davidson, spent 52 days struggling up peaks and enduring mind boggling bad weather. Many of the named peaks like: The Angel, South Buttress and Golgotha, that appear on USGS maps, can be attributed to that expedition.


Looking west towards the Lime Hills, Revelation Mountains


West side of Babel Tower (unclimbed) and The South Buttress (one ascent, west side unclimbed). Revelation Mountains

I learned early on that the Babel Tower, which is south of, the South Buttress, had obviously used its power of “confusion of tongues” and totally scrambled the mind’s of the map designers. The names on the maps are all mixed up. The 1:63 maps are correct but the 1:250 maps are completely off.


The unclimbed west face of the Angel. Yes that perfect coulior has not been climbed or skied. It was, however, descended in the dark by Clint and partner after the peak’s second ascent.

In 2008, the young Alaskan alpinist, Clint Helander, made his first expedition into the Revelations, making a bold first ascent. He has climbed in the range every year since. Clint has become the guru of Revelations climbing and the Revelation Mountains recent surged in popularity can be directly linked to his many, wild exploits. If you have questions about climbing in the Revelations, he is the man.


The beginning of the Swift River, Revelation Mountains

The area’s remoteness has contributed to its mystery. Access to the range is difficult and expensive. The range is also unfriendly to visitors. The terrain in very rough, glaciers are broken and littered with debris, rivers are milky, swift and cold, the alders are relentless and plentiful. For non-climbers, the only pleasurable terrain, is along the perimeter of the range, especially the west side. The backpacking there is superb, on easy tundra, with lots of wild critters. We enjoyed sharing the landscapes with bears, caribou and countless ground squirrels.


Lichen and Ground Squirrel skull, Revelation Mountains

The Sled Pass area has some limited options, it is a beautiful spot, but you quickly get “cliffed” out or must endure endless, character building bush-whacks. Pack-rafts have been used to escape the endless bushes. The far north side looks promising, but access is unknown, and so are the mountains there. If you are looking to truly disappear in Alaska’s mountains, the north end of the Revelations is the place, you just have to get there. The heart of the Revelation Mountains is a place for experienced mountaineers, many of which, have been completely crushed by the mountains there.


Summer access is either by float-plane (if your going to backpack along the west side), Super Cub on tundra tires or the almighty helicopter (TAT has one now!). If your climbing, you want to go in winter or early spring, when there is plenty of ice plastered to the crappy rock. Ski landings are possible on the majority of the glaciers, until mid-May or so.


Nameless river that feeds into the Post River, Revelation Mountains


The Amazing Mount Hesperus being engulfed by clouds, Revelation Mountains.

If the thought of travelling in one of Alaska’s most remote and pristine mountain regions intrigues and terrifies you, you could consider going on a guided trip with Alaska Alpine Adventures, the only backpacking guide service with real experience in the Revelations Mountains.




Alpine Flora of the Alaska Range

“He who can take no interest in what is small, will take false interest in what is great.”  -John Ruskin

Bear Flowers and Stream, Clearwater Mountains

Bear Flowers and Stream, Clearwater Mountains

The mountains of the Alaska Range command a visitor’s attention. It often takes days to allow oneself to look beyond them, or more accurately, below them. I just returned from a trip into the Clearwater Mountains. My goal was to focus on the more intimate side of the mountains, to see beyond the grandeur.

I want this project to be a complete visual story of the Alaska Range. The plants, lichens, mosses and insects are a small but vital part of the mountain landscape. The mountains are stoic, they do not share their weaknesses, the plants, lichens and insects however, can tell us much about the health of the Alaska Range.

Lichen, Clearwater Mountains

Lichen, Clearwater Mountains

Caribou antlers and waterfalls, Clearwater Mountains

Caribou antlers and waterfalls, Clearwater Mountains

Rosewort, Clearwater Mountains

Rosewort, Clearwater Mountains

Pink Plumes, Clearwater Mountains

Pink Plumes, Clearwater Mountains


Wild Weather in the Alaska Range

Denali, the Alaska Range's most famous mountain.

Wild light and weather on Denali.

“The worst weather of any mountain range outside of Antarctica.” That is often the description of the Alaska Range’s notorious weather. In a single day you could have sun, rain and snow. It is always windy and the weather changes instantly, first you’re wearing a t-shirt, before you know it, you’re in a fleece with a shell. There is an old Alaskan adage “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” That pretty much sums up life in the Alaska Range.

June blizzard

June blizzard

But it’s not always terrible. When it is nice, it is really nice. A sunny, summer day in the Alaska Range seems endless and is worth two nice days anywhere else. The constantly changing weather and light can make for some truly dynamic images, if your willing to be patient and are prepared.

1:00am sunset lights the rain, sky and river.

1:00am sunset illuminates the rain, sky and river.

The Alaska Range continues to live up to its reputation. This summer has been a roller coaster ride of unpredictability. Hot, sunny days, followed by wicked, quick-moving storms that dump rain and snow, followed again by more warm weather. This has led to flooding throughout the Range, making travel difficult, especially the river crossings. Easy streams have turned into scary torrents.

Rain and sun, your typical summer forecast in the Alaska Range.

Rain and sun, your typical summer forecast in the Alaska Range.

The weather has been the most difficult challenge of the Alaska Range project, but it has also given many opportunities for wonderful, unique images.



In search of foreground!

If I searched, I was able to find some beautiful rocks that helped add some color to the the winter world of blue and white.

I was able to find some beautiful rocks that helped add some color to the alpine world of blue and white.

I know it seems preposterous to complain about endless blue skies and as an explorer, I am not. However, as a photographer, perfect blue skies combined with a world of white creates a monochromatic world that after a few days,  begins to look the same,  Another photographic difficulty I had on my last trip was that we were so tight in the mountains that we never got low angle light, which can reveal the beautiful texture of snow, which is shaped by the wind into wonderful patterns and waves called Strastugi, great foreground subjects.

Glacial erratic and Mount Deborah.


Same rock, different light, different mood.

Yes, this all seems petty, but it can be frustrating when your desperate to create, creative images. So I explored every rock, looking for a splash of color. I looked in crevasses, and was luckily able to find some unique ice next to one of the medial moraines.

Amazing ice and Mount Hess and Deborah.

Amazing ice and Mount Hess and Deborah.

Cool ice and Mount Deborah.

Ice and Mount Deborah.

The ice was too cool and became the main subject.  Accumulation and moraine layers, Gillam Glacier, Hayes Mountains, Eastern Alaska Range

The ice was too cool and became the main subject. Accumulation and moraine layers, Gillam Glacier, Hayes Mountains, Eastern Alaska Range

About to fall.

About to fall.




Pre-Trip Blues

I am reposting this entry that I wrote before leaving on my Kahiltna trip last year. I have many of the same concerns this time. Interestingly, many of those concerns became reality. We had extreme cold and wicked weather, and yet, I still managed to create some nice images. So I head back into the Alaska Range knowing I have what it takes to survive and create in the cold, that is part of my success as a photographer! See you in a few weeks!