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Ground Truth Trekking is based on the belief that expeditions to see what's on the ground help us learn about important issues. We combine that "ground truth" with "researched truth," using our scientific backgrounds along with our adventures to come up with something we hope will further the conversation about these issues in an entertaining and informative way.

In addition to our ongoing expeditions, we're working on a number of projects to spread information about natural resource issues in Alaska.  If you like what we're doing, please support our expeditions and our work!

 Books and Movies

Small Feet, Big Land: Adventure, Home and Family on the Edge of Alaska (book)

A Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft, and Ski (book)

Journey on the Wild Coast (full-length movie)

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Afternoon Epic — (hiking with kids, and the value of slightly unwise choices)

(blog post, Feb 25th, 2014)


...Flopped next to the sled that held their tiny discarded snowshoes, they had pulled off mittens in favor of fistfuls of crackers and brownies, looking decidedly unenergetic. The kids were 3, 4, and 5 years old, and had spent the past hour alternately dawdling and whining their way down the unplowed road to the trailhead we had finally reached. It was 3PM.

“…I checked out the trail, and…”

This is where a sensible mom would have said “…it’s too far.” Or too tangled. Or too snowy. Or too late in the day. She would have lifted the kids spirits with a fun game that could be played on a snowy road or in the nearby patch of woods, getting a jump start on the trek back to the vehicle. But I am not that mom...

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And check out some of the latest Ground Truth Treks:Tracing the Heart of Alaska Where the Heck is Donlin, and Life on Ice.

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