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Knee boots and good rain gear are a must in this wet season. Water and ducks go hand in hand. The east end of the Denali Highway at Tangle Lakes has big local flocks of pintails and widgeons.

John Schandelmeier
Fall is the final, giddy push of summer before winter rakes leaves off the trees and snow falls. It’s my favorite time of year, and one of the best ways to experience it is to hike.Alli Harvey
Until Austrian Gerhard Hafele completed his trek, there is no indication anyone has ever hiked and paddled Alaska overland north to south from the North Slope to Cook Inlet for more than 1,500 miles, crossing two major mountain ranges.  Craig Medred
OPINION: You’re probably wondering if I did everything right. By the book, I think I did. I stopped at the end of the trail where it met the road, putting one foot on the ground. I looked up and saw that there was a crosswalk with the illuminated man beckoning "go."Alli Harvey
The Valley of 10,000 Smokes in Katmai National Park has several selling points for the outdoors travel without a fat wallet. It's reasonably cheap, especially if you have some airline mileage. It's much different than anything you'll see in Southcentral Alaska and the hike doesn't require technical skills.Nathaniel Herz
OPINION: Denali National Park is one of the last wild places in the U.S. That means now is the time to solve the congestion that is beginning to defeat the basic premise of the park. We don’t want Yellowstone. We want Alaska.John Schandelmeier
How sad would I be if I decided not to plug in? Will I reminisce from a rocking chair someday about how I wish I’d listened to “Timber” for the 78th time on the trail that one day I decided to leave my music home?Alli Harvey
Alaskan Rob Kehrer, 44, was a 10-year veteran of the Alaska Wilderness Classic, a race some consider the toughest wilderness challenge in the world. He died packrafting the wild Tana River of Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve on Saturday.Craig Medred
Fish and Game  has stopped reporting the number of Kenai River red salmon going past its sonar counter 19 miles upriver from the mouth because humpies have flooded the river, making it difficult for biologists to differentiate between the species.Sean Doogan
Experienced Alaska pickers keep the location of their favorite berry patches a guarded secret, but if you pay attention to your surroundings, you can find your own patches. All you have to do is learn what sort of habitat your favorite berries prefer, then get out and keep your eyes peeled.Lisa Maloney

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