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With days growing shorter in Alaska, the weather changing, and people pushing to get things done before the onset of the long, dark Alaska winter, human deaths in the 49th state spike.

Craig Medred
Despite the name, BOW programs are open to men too -- but they're specifically designed to cater to the most needy populations when it comes to outdoor skills: Women and older children.Lisa Maloney
Whether a race is the heart and soul of vacation or just the cherry on top of a bottomless beach side pina colada, it can add a great element of accomplishment and, yes, fun to traveling.Alli Harvey
Wanting a freezer full of meat but unsure when her husband would be home from working on a fishing boat near Kodiak, Ashley Switzer borrowed her father's rifle and headed for the hills above Homer.Craig Medred
OPINION: In this instance, feds are not just exacerbating the issues between federally qualified hunters and non-qualified hunters in Alaska, but also between qualified federal hunters who are in the know and those that are not. This isn’t a good way to make friends in the community.John Schandelmeier
There is no-one-size-fits-all triathlon in Alaska. The outdoor course that works for the Eagle River Triathlon in June won’t suit Fairbanks in March. Races are adapted to work with outdoor conditions, and there’s one race in Fort Greely that is 100 percent indoors. Homer’s Ski to Sea Triathlon in March ditches the swim altogether in favor of skis. Alli Harvey
From mountain biking to skiing, ziplining to kayaking, studies show that kids who grow up with access to outdoor activities are more likely to reap the benefits of physical fitness and more effective coping skills. But it can be risky too.  Erin Kirkland
Scale confounds the modern wildlife-watcher here. Consider the sea otter, a common Resurrection Bay resident. From afar, it appears kitten-soft and cat-sized -- a furry log, rolling on the waves.  Really, it is impressively hefty, reaching 5 feet and weighing about 70 pounds. A Steller sea lion bull grows to an average 8 feet long and weighs about 1,500 pounds.Andromeda Romano-Lax
An injured hiker and five companions were rescued from a steep Girdwood gorge Sunday night. One of the group ended up in the Anchorage Jail. Zaz Hollander
An enterprising Anchorage hiker is producing her own line of dehydrated backcountry food "so good, you’ll want to eat it in the front-country as well.”Shannon Kuhn

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