Kuskokwim River

LUC'S STORY

 

I grew up in McGrath, Alaska, a small community on the Kuskokwim River in interior Alaska.

As a kid, being outside meant work. I didn't discover mountain recreation for play until I attended high school in Anchorage.

I¬†managed to¬†make¬†the outdoors¬†into work again by studying geology in college and two graduate programs (Carleton, UCSB, MIT). My field studies took me to Alaska,¬†Norway, Nepal, Italy, and Greenland‚ÄĒI learned a lot about remote travel and logistics.

After returning to Alaska, I taught university physics and math and then spent ten years doing GIS work (geographic information systems). Each time I was due for a raise, I negotiated for more time off.

The combination of time off and exposure to GIS tools enabled me to plan progressively more¬†ambitious and creative¬†outings, like¬†The Big Three‚ÄĒtraverses of Denali, Logan, and Orizaba¬†by human-power.

Day 30: Mt. Logan traverse

Outdoor education caught my attention after losing a friend in a packrafting¬†incident in 2014.¬†Forced to recognize¬†gaps in my own knowledge, I recognized that I could help other¬†people.¬†I started transitioning to full-time outdoor education work in 2020 and was encouraged by the excellent reception of¬†The Packraft Handbook‚ÄĒtwo national book awards.

I'm a certified Swiftwater Rescue Instructor (Swiftwater Safety Institute), Ice Rescue Instructor (Lifesaving Resources), and I teach for the Alaska Avalanche School. My courses combine formal rescue training with hard-earned experience while traveling over 10,000 miles throughout Alaska.

All of¬†my work falls under the wilderness risk management umbrella‚ÄĒ my favorite brain landscape¬†to explore!¬†If you¬†like learning about how we make decisions‚ÄĒgood and bad‚ÄĒwhat¬†goes right, and how to prepare for the stuff that goes wrong, you are in the right place.

"Triple Point" refers to the unique temperature and pressure where ice, water, and vapor coexist in equilibrium. All of my work involves the interplay of ice, water, and vapor.

 

Day 30: Mt. Logan traverse

2021 National Outdoor Book Award Winner in Outdoor Adventure Guides

2022 Banff Mountain Book Competition Guidebook Winner

2023 Public Service Award from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

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