Friday, January 24, 2020

More on The Adventurer's Son

Steve Rinella hosted me as a guest on a recent "Meateater Podcast." He's a pretty intense guy, and having read his book American Buffalo I really looked forward to meeting him. Here's the link

My publisher has released two chapters from Part I of The Adventurer's Son as they gear up to release the book in a few weeks. Not much need be said about these chapters; if I wrote them well, then they should speak for themselves, right?

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Book Release Event: February 19, 2020 at Bear Tooth Theatrepub, Anchorage

On Wednesday, February 19 at Anchorage's Bear Tooth Theatrepub, Title Wave Books will host the release of The Adventurer's Son. 

Luc Mehl will MC.

Admission is free.

From 5:30-6:30 I'll have a presentation and maybe make a few short reads, followed by a question and answer session, and then a book signing until 7:30.

Please come.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Adventurer's Son

My book about raising our son, then losing and finding him, is done. William Morrow, an "imprint" of Harper Collins, is releasing it Feb 18, 2020 a few days before Cody Roman would have turned 33.

It is an important (to me) book that I needed to write and took great care in writing.

If you look at this blog, you might consider reading this book. It's a memoir along one thin line leading to my son.

If you can't wait until then, you can take your chances with a free early version, a so-called "Advanced Reader's Edition" given away by lottery at Good Reads.

They already gave 100 away, and they will be giving 100 more. If you win one and read it, then let me know what you think here, in the comments.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Sun is a Compass

Caroline van Hemert and her husband Pat made an epic journey from Bellingham to Kotzebue in 2012. Pat made their boats that they rowed Jill Fredston-style up the Inside Passage to Haines, where they have a cabin Pat built. From there they skied and packrafted across the boundary ranges then hiked and packrafted some more to the Arctic Ocean where they headed inland and traversed the Brooks Range to Kotzebue.

Now, I don't read much adventure, but through good fortune of mine I got an advanced copy of Caroline's memoir of this trip: The Sun is a Compass. It's an amazing book, great stories and neat scientific tidbits, too—she's a bird biologist.

If you liked Erin McKitrick's A Long Trek Home and the biography of Dick Griffith, Canyons and Ice, then you'll like this book, too.

The book comes out officially on March 19 and there's an event at the Anchorage Museum on March 20 at 7 PM where Caroline will sign books and tell stories, I hope.

Maybe we'll see each other there.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Academic Job at Alaska Pacific University

Hard to believe but after about 25 years, Carl Tobin is retiring from APU, and the school is looking to hire a PhD ecologist to fill his position.

So if you, or anybody you know, would like to live and work in Anchorage, teaching at a very small, private liberal arts school, then check this out.

While the posting says "Completed applications should be received by February 18th, 2019, for full consideration," please submit a CV and a letter of intent to APU if you are interested by Feb. 18, and send in the other materials later....

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Ten Years and Thirty

Last week I went to Revelate Designs' Ten year anniversary party. Revelate is to bikepacking what Alpacka is to packrafting: the tool-maker for the sport.

Anyway, thirty years ago this year (2018) Carl Tobin, Jon Underwood, and I did a trip (1988) I wrote up as "Live to Ride, Ride to Die, Mountain Bikes from Hell!"

That route, Nabesna to McCarthy has been repeated three times now, by Revelate's founder Eric Parsons and his protege Dylan Kentch, and by Mike Curiak, Doom Fishfinder, Bret Davis, and John Bailey as well as some Euros.

But how did that ride inspire Underwood, Tobin and me? Well, it sent us off to pedal, paddle and push 250 miles from Mentasta to Healy, Alaska the following summer.

I couldn't sell the story to a national magazine for four years, but eventually it came out in the February 1994 issue of Mountain Bike. You can see it mentioned down in the lower left next to other "Incredible Adventures!" like beginner night riding.

Here is that story in the form it was published. It also came out in the Anchorage Daily News' Sunday insert, We Alaskans, as a chapter in an adventure cycling book nobody ever bought, and as a bunch of Patagonia Catalog photos, ads, and garment hang-tags.

In many ways that trip was a proof of concept trip, one that allowed me to pitch riding the entire length of the Alaska Range from Canada to Lake Clark in 1996 as a story for National Geographic Magazine ("A Wild Ride", May 1997), a trip that in some small way may have helped get bikepacking and packrafting started.

For me, this trip below was the most amazing adventure of my life to that point, maybe ever, even if nobody but Carl and Jon could appreciate it at the time: 1989.

But maybe now, more can and it might even get somebody out to repeat what could be called, tongue-in-cheek, "The Sliprock Trail".

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Next Gen

Watching these makes me think I was born 30 years too soon.

He has many many more, too. Go check out his channel on You tube.

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