I’m really excited about this one. My story about the Yukon Quest’s handlers – the support crews who work behind the scenes throughout the race – is now live at SB Nation Longform. Check it out:
No Sleep ‘Til Fairbanks
Elsewhere, Vela has a hot new redesign, and we’re also soliciting suggestions for female-authored books that are overlooked in the usual best-of books lists.
My feature in the February issue of Up Here Business is now online; it’s about a new fresh fish truck that’s finally bringing the local catch to Whitehorse. I also have a long Q&A with the Yukon’s top expediter in the March UHB, and a couple of small items in the March issue of Up Here.
Finally, at World Hum, I was pleased to publish Brian Kevin’s The End of Wend, an essay that ponders what the crunchy mag’s demise says about travelers and travel publishing.
It’s been a hectic start to 2013: Lots of work on the go, plus I spent two crazy weeks on the road in February during the Yukon Quest. I’ve got more travel on the horizon, too.
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I’ve got lots of news to kick off the New Year. Most importantly, my temporary position at Up Here / Up Here Business wrapped up on December 21 – so I’m back to full time freelance writing. I learned a ton during my ten months on staff at the magazines, and I’m looking forward to applying that knowledge as I jump back into the self-employment fray. (I also expect to continue working closely with my editors at Up Here and UHB as a freelancer.)
Earlier this week, my latest went live at Outside: It’s a big winter service package called 40 Frozen Experiences of a Lifetime. And in December, I was thrilled to contribute a short essay to the “Why’s This So Good?” series over at Harvard’s Nieman Storyboard: Why’s This So Good? No. 68: Jonathan Lethem and the Godfather of Soul.
I’ve got big plans and a busy travel schedule for 2013. First up, in February, a couple of assignments will take me back on the Yukon Quest trail again. Looking forward to it!
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The story that resulted from my Stewart-Cassiar research trip is now online! (The print mag should be available by the end of this week.) It’s about a planeload of gold gone missing in the wilds of Northern B.C.
Check it out: What Happened on the Iskut?
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This is the Bell II Lodge, my home base for a reporting trip down the Stewart-Cassiar Highway into northwestern B.C. a couple weeks back. It was an amazing spot, and I can’t wait for the story to come out in the next issue of Up Here at the end of this month.
Meanwhile, a couple of my recent Up Here Business stories are now online: Into the Wild, about the business of wilderness tourism in the North, and Staking a Claim, about several groundbreaking new agreements between mining companies and First Nations. Check ‘em out.
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My story about a strange Arctic suicide is in the Oct/Nov issue of Up Here, on newsstands next week. It’s also now online: The One Who Jumped.
This was a tough one to work on, and a major departure from my usual travel-focused writing. I hope you like it.
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Vela Magazine turned one year old last week, and we’ve been busy celebrating with the launch of a Twitter account – @VelaMag – and a blog to go with our Facebook page. And, of course, there’s still the magazine itself: My most recent story there is called Three Kites on the Ice, and it’s about a kite-skiing expedition that attempted to set a new record for Arctic travel. Check it out!
Elsewhere, my feature from the August issue of Up Here Business is now online: Big Booze Ambitions (PDF). It’s about the Yukon’s growing craft beer and spirits industries. The September issues of both magazines are out now, too – I’ve got a feature in Up Here, “My Nahanni Luxury Cruise,” that’s not yet online, and a shorter historical piece on an obscure bit of Northern history: How the Trumps Struck Klondike Gold. What, you didn’t know that Donald Trump owes his millions to the Yukon?
I’m settled back home in Whitehorse after a busy few months of work/travel that took me from the Yukon to Alaska, the Northwest Territories *and* Nunavut – the ultimate Northern summer.
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I’ve got a short essay on Outside’s website about the ultimate river trip gone awry, and why the movie has endured for four decades.
Also: Tomorrow I fly to San Francisco for the annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference! I attended for the first time five years ago, as a brand-new aspiring writer with just a couple paid clips to my name. Looking forward to spending time with friends and colleagues there again this year.
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