Outdoors

We Alaskans are blessed with the best wild terrain in the nation. Drive for an hour to reach rural Alaska. Spend two hours on the road and you can be remote. Trade the suit coat for a raincoat.

John Schandelmeier
I’ve never felt bad that I ran on a trail. Even though I have dragged myself grumbling and moody to the trail head, knowing it will be a harder and more unpredictable than my usual jaunt along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, I always finish happy I did it.Alli Harvey
A Denali National Park and Preserve field report issued Wednesday said there were 429 climbers on the mountain and another 112 who have finished climbing. Only Lonnie Dupre had reached the top, and his record-setting climb happened in January.  Mike Campbell
Portage Pass weather is notoriously unpredictable, able to turn from pleasant to snotty to a deluge of rain quickly. Savvy Alaska hikers check the FAA webcam in Whitter before setting out.  Lisa Maloney
The cookoff happened under a tarp on a rainy Saturday night at the Granite Tors campground near Fairbanks. Here are the top three recipes. Sam Friedman
Some individual projects cost less than $1,000 and will employ the services of Eagle Scouts to ensure they happen, while the most expensive costs $40,000.   Mike Campbell
As Alaska kids tick off their final days of school, an entire summer of nature-themed adventures awaits within Alaska’s national parks. Erin Kirkland
Managers don’t know yet how many black bears have been taken this season in Unit 6D, which encompasses coastal areas near Whittier, Valdez and Cordova. But they do know the harvests nearly tripled from the late 1990s to 2007 before dropping off sharply.Mike Campbell
The Funny River Fire burned 195,000 acres of land along the Kenai Peninsula. Nearly a year later, the Alaska Division of Forestry said they've found a hot spot caused by the massive fire. Megan Edge

Anglers try their luck fishing for rainbow trout on a sunny Wednesday evening, May 27, 2015, at Anchorage area lakes stocked by ADF&G.