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Going to ski swaps and expos like Oxygen and Octane can whet the appetite for Alaska’s longest season. But what if you need to get outdoors today, not next month?  

Mike Campbell
Despite the lack of snow on the ground, ski swaps are ramping up in Southcentral Alaska -- with two on Saturday. Alaska Dispatch News
John Carlos Mann, 29, got lost on Crow Pass Trail while hiking from Eagle River to Girdwood on Friday. Two days later he emerged near the Seward Highway cold, tired and searching for help.Laurel Andrews
Rising 6,096 feet, Shot Tower is one of the most famous and most striking peaks in the Arrigetch Peaks in the Brooks Range, a thin granite spire that offers no passage to the summit without technical rock climbing.Seth Adams
My wife and I are in the Alaska outback virtually every day from the first of August until the last of the bears have denned, and we rarely see a track -- never mind an animal. John Schandelmeier
Jason Herreman's lawyer, Myron Angstman, said state law allows hunters to use any reasonable means to track down and salvage a wounded animal. He added that salvaging an animal using radios and aircraft should be considered against the alternative of not salvaging the animal at all.Alaska Dispatch News
Since 2008, more than 60 percent of Alaska hunters use four-wheelers. My observation is that 60 percent is low. When caribou season began in the Denali Highway area this season, it seemed like every pickup and motorhome was being pushed by a trailer full of side-by-sides, six-wheelers and camouflaged four-wheelers.John Schandelmeier
Many Alaskans share the challenge of having a 40-plus-hour workweek and a desire to get outdoors as much as possible. Juggling work and outdoor time can be tough, but satisfying if you pull it off.Alli Harvey
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