The narratorial voice of Welcome To The Goddamn Ice Cube is as cold as the title suggests, and as cold as the place Blair Braverman, our guide and author, keeps coming back to. Malangen, Norway is a small spit of land north of the arctic circle (“north of the moral circle,” one leering man tells …

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As the last of the blazing purple streams of fireweed lining Alaska’s Denali National Park turn to cotton, the first white powder falls on each surrounding mountain peak. Seasonal employees here refer to the snow as “termination dust,” referring to the end of summer jobs as the tourists that fuel the economy here for four …

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The Yukon River Quest belongs to another world, or another time. A 450-mile paddle into the Canadian Wilderness where the string of competitors spreads like loose pearls until the only other things you might encounter outside of your boat are moose, bears on the shore, eagles, and smoke from forest fires. Katie Stein Sather, Commodore of …

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[dropcap size=small]M[/dropcap]y smile spreads. I pause to laugh before chewing the slightly soggy, roadside graham cracker. The gravel grit of the road mixes with the cracker and I am reminded of the sprawling scene behind me. The Toklat River’s braided ribbons underline the mountains, still nameless. Francesca continues reading in her contrived Irish accent; she …

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