The Magic of the Northern Reaches
Published by Bret & Melissa Edge on
For some it's the West, but ever since I was very young, the idea of going "up north" was synonymous with a certain type of freedom. You could get away with and from lots of stuff out in the woods "up north" that would get you in deep trouble back down south in the world of teachers, pavement and endless rules.
‘Up north’ was where the boys went to be boys and the men went to escape the world of schedules, responsibility and those endless rules and laws. It has probably always been this way, and I hope it always will be. The wild places of this world teach us life’s greatest lessons, and they're where I learned things that I never could have amongst the saturation of information in our digital world.
Alaska. About as far ‘up north’ as you can get in the western hemisphere, and from what I’ve seen it just might be a kind of Valhala for those who feel the weight of modern civilization is just a bit too much. The allure of wild land is every bit as powerful a draw to the domesticated people of the 21st century as it was to Buck in Jack London’s Call of the Wild.
Many hours of my youth were spent watching ski movies and day dreaming about the day I would get to go north. When I finally did, the experience was far beyond anything a lifetime of those daydreams could’ve prepared me for. The best memories are seared into your synapses like a cattle brand and remain vibrant for decades. Alaska always provides a lot of those kind of moments. Doesn’t matter what you’re going up there for ... magical stuff happens in the far north, and I go every chance I get.
These are a collection of images from a recent trip to chase silver salmon and breaking waves in and around Yakutat bay with my twin brother and an old friend. As it always does, the great state of Alaska delivered far more than our share of magic and another set of fried synapses. The Deuter Helion 80 was the perfect bag for the trip, easily fitting all the thick wetsuits, fishing waders, warm clothes and camera gear I needed.