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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Weekly Post: Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Yakutat Forelands are where the Tongass rainforest and the Chugach forest to the north meet. It is also home to many large glaciers, a stunning coastline, the huge Alsek-Tatshenshini river, and Icy Bay, which sits at the foot of Mount St. Elias, the greatest vertical rise from sea level in the world. There is a lot of powerful energy out here.





Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias, #46:
The Yakutat Forelands, #46: Our flight rises over the summits and ridgeline of the front range of the Robinson Mountains, and offers us one last view of the sad patchwork of clearcuts now spread along the entire length of the Yakutat Forelands. This last shot provides interesting contrast between the verdancy of the slopes in the foreground, and what has been done to the shoreline forest. Another, even more stunning contrast is about to dawn on us all, as the pilot suggested, we are about to drop down into the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, one of the largest wilderness areas in the world. In a minute we are going to come out over the Guyot Glacier’s upper ice field, and drop down over it, into the Guyot Fjord of Icy Bay, within kayak paddling distance of the shoreline beach of 18,008ft, Mount St. Elias, the greatest vertical displacement from sea level on the planet. We have a blindingly sunny and clear day with very little wind, so the pilot drops in low, and very slow, allowing us all a good look at the world in which we are going to live (survive) for the next 10 days. At first, we are completely silent, then there are numerous, “Oh, my god!"
photograph(s) © copyright, Robert Glenn Ketchum, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum, @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Weekly Post, ARCTIC: At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1993, I began traveling to the Arctic. I have been across The Northwest Passage by yacht; to the North Pole twice; to little-visited Russian islands; and aboard research vessels in Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Baffin Island, taking the opportunity to visit Iqualuit, the capital of Nunavut, the recently created Inuit nation and territories.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #67:
ARCTIC, #67: John Bockstoce is scouting with powerful binoculars, and I am looking through a small telephoto lens, so he can more clearly see things I cannot, and he fears the faint hint of white just below the horizon to the right in this image, is the edge of Arctic pack ice we will eventually confront in “Itasca.” I am not so sure, but I am also distracted by the strange, and sparely beautiful landscape beneath us, and there is still quite an expanse of open water, and further rebound islands before we arrive at the point John is observing. Ignoring the fact I am wearing many layers topped off by a 1-piece, zippered survival suit, I slip back into my “tropical” dream, and stare down at the small lakes, shorelines, and ice debris. It seems surreal to be here. I feel like I am dreaming, floating,..and within the dream, the ice and islands make an amazing transformation.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Weekly Post: THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees
by Robert Glenn Ketchum
In 1985, I began a 2-year commission to explore the Tongass rainforest, the largest forest in the United States Forest Service (USFS) system AND the largest temperate rainforest in the world. It was a unique, old-growth environment under siege from industrial logging. The resulting investigative book I published helped to pass the Tongass Timber Reform Bill, protect 1,000,000 acres of old-growth, and create 11 new wilderness areas. This is the story of how that was achieved.





Tuesday, November 21, 2017

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #65:
THE TONGASS, #65: As we round the rock face to the left of the Le Conte glacier’s tidewater edge, I am not sure what I expect, but I am startled to see the glacier rising in front of us like a staircase, only one with crevasses, not stairs. Until this moment we seemed high above the water of the bay and the face of the glacier, now suddenly the field of ice is quite close below us, and well ABOVE us in front of the plane. In fact, you can hear the pitch of the engine change as we push upwards into higher elevations where there is less oxygen. Glaciers have been referred to as “rivers of ice,” and from this perspective today, I now understand that. Our uphill flight to the top of the Stikine-Le Conte Wilderness passes by several large intersecting valleys, that also host glaciers, and in turn, those valleys have side-valleys from which glaciers are flowing. When one glacier meets another, they “merge,” but they retain the dark moraine and rock rubble banding pushed between them, and the effect creates amazing waves of striping across the field of ice.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Weekly Post: NO PEBBLE MINE: Pictures from Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum

NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures from Ground Zero
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



Since 1998, I have been working to protect the spectacular resources of southwest Alaska and the fishery of Bristol Bay. Two Aperture books, a national traveling exhibition, a massive coalition of concerned users, and a lot of personal lobbying, had it looking like we were almost there. Then Donald Trump took office claiming he would always put America, and American jobs first. SO WHY destroy a BILLION-dollar-a-year, RENEWABLE salmon fishery and over 100,000 jobs for a group of international mineral speculators that will leave us with a Superfund site to clean up, and NO fishery left edible? And yet, he did,..so please, keep saying NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
~Robert Glenn Ketchum


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 


NO PEBBLE MINE #271, Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #271: As I navigate on, I leave the trees and loose the moose tracks, but I come out onto an expanse of the river most likely a gravel flood plain when not covered with snow. I have come into a kind of junction that affords me some expansive views in various directions. Directly in front of me, snow-smothered foothills rise with little rock, and NO vegetation showing, and I can see in MANY places where there have been sizable avalanches. The world back here is so relatively quiet, I feel certain the noise of my engine could set something off, so I am glad to have some distance between myself and those slopes. To my left, the flat plain of the river pushes further into the backcountry, and appears to leave me enough room to travel a on bit without any exposure, so I head that way across a perfect surface of hard, unbroken snow.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Weekly Post: The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get by Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Growing up my parents had a home near Sun Valley, Idaho. It was there that I learned to ski. Over many years I befriended members of the Decker Flat Climbing and Frisbee Club, with whom I had both life, and art-forming outdoor experiences. I had my camera, and these are my adventures. Enjoy!! ~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Monday, November 20, 2017


The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #81:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #81: While we watch the spectacle in front of us, we can hear our friends at the cabin below whooping it up, so they must have something visible from their vantage as well. From our perspective, Gordon and I now know two things: it IS definitely clearing off; and, it is rolling into a cold-and-clear, a condition common to the Salmon and Wood River valleys, when after a storm, there is a stunning drop in temperature. It happens quickly, and it often goes below zero. From our ridge top, we can see it is completely clear to the west, and the air around us grows colder with every passing minute. Regardless of the temp, Gordon and I know there will be a sunset, so we layer-up, ski along the ridge a bit to keep moving and warm,..and wait. At first we have some color on foothill slopes, and in the clouds above, then Hyndman (12,008ft) re-appears and takes on a hazy glow. Almost in proportion to the sun setting, the clouds seem to be evaporating. In a final display, as the last rays of warmth spotlight Hyndman , Old Hyndman (11,775ft) comes out of hiding and begins to glow as well. This is our treat for bothering to do one more twilight ski. No one at the cabin sees this.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Weekly Post: STONED IMMACULATE: A Trip in the Desert by Robert Glenn Ketchum

STONED IMMACULATE:  A Trip in the Desert
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

As a young photographer, two places I “discovered” by chance greatly influenced both my photographic vision and my personal relationship with the greater planet. A previous blog, LIMEKILN, is the story of the first location. THIS is the second location which I discovered because my car broke down. As Jim Morrison/The Doors wrote, “Out here we is stoned Immaculate!"



Monday, November 20, 2017
“Simplarus Clyffordstillicate”
circa 1985-1995
Stoned Immaculate, #55:
Immaculate, #55:  from the portfolio, STONED IMMACULATE

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekly Post: The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography


Biographies are studies of someone's life based on cumulative research. Good ones may reveal something, but probably barely scratch the surface of what actually went on. The internet is allowing me to do something VERY different. 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Friday, November 17, 2017

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #72:
Daze, #72: In the morning, my Dodge van once again performs admirably and starts up, but the day is not getting any warmer than the past two, which were brutally cold, so Vicki and I decide to continue on our road trip. The next stop involves a short stay at the Cliff Lodge in Snowbird, Utah. Although, the resort is a GREAT ski destination, I am not going there for that reason. We are stopping by to install a display of my prints, and participate in a reception. Owners of the Cliff Lodge, saw my work displayed in Sun Valley and on the pages in POWDER magazine, and thought my subject matter would appeal to their high-season winter audience. As Vicki and I get closer to Salt Lake City, the weather warms considerably, and clouds begin to push in from the west. By the time we arrive at Snowbird and the lodge, it is snowing lightly. The lodge, and our room, are spectacular - dramatic accommodations for lounge and dining include huge glass windows that look out at the steep slopes of the resort which are literally surrounding you; ski conditions have been excellent, so the resort is packed and everyone is excited because more snow - fresh powder - is coming; and, the dining is also excellent. The next day it snows on-and-off, and Vicki and I do the exhibit installation. After a great day for the skiers, my reception that night is packed with enthusiastic viewers, and as we close down the bar, post-reception, someone notes that it is REALLY starting to snow outside. When we come down for breakfast in the morning, the place is jammed with many impatient people, and THE WINDOWS HAVE BEEN SHUTTERED! We have had a massive snowfall (10ft+). The resort is closed for avalanche control, and the windows are shuttered because the hotel could be hit. Around 10:30, the all-clear is given, and throngs of eager skiers, rush to the lift lines to be the first to put tracks in deep, untouched powder. Vicki and I plan to drive on to Sun Valley and meet friends, but when we head to the parking lot to dig our car out, Vicki says to me in a panicked voice, “Bobbie, they have towed the van!” We are standing on the high porch of Cliff Lodge looking out over an empty parking lot, and then I realize, it is NOT empty, nothing has been towed - EVERYTHING IS BURIED! We are not going anywhere until they can plow the parking lot. We finally depart around 4pm, arriving late in Sun Valley to dine with our friends. With colleagues in the DFC&FC, we are going to do a ski tour into the Boulder Mountains, north of Sun Valley, that I hope to get published in POWDER magazine. There is also another task I must perform. My alliance with POWDER has brought me sponsors. Some are ski equipment manufacturers, another is the newly founded Pure & Simple organic foods. In this unapologetically terrible promotional shot, stylish DFC&FC member, Gordon Williams, tolerates the lame, “I-am-eating-these-snacks-can-you-see-the-label-clearly?” pose, and some fancy Fischer cross-country skis creep in from the side of the frame. (Those ARE the Boulder Mountains in the background.)
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017 
@RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Weekly Post, High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers

High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

After receiving my MFA from CalArts, I was invited by Bill Lund, Sharon Disney’s husband, to come stay at the families' Diamond-D Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. Bill thought I might like to photograph in the nearby Wind River Mountains, which I did, backpacking through them extensively over the next three summers. Welcome to a world of big granite walls and huge alpine lakes!




Thursday, November 16, 2017

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #12:
Wind River, #12: The morning is crisp and cool, more like a fall day than a summer one, so we rise early, eat, pack, and are off. We decide to walk the trail on the east shore of the lake which will bring us to the foot of White Rock. From there the trail divides. It rises into the forest toward Clear Lake, and it also continues back down to the valley floor, following the river to further, smaller Green River lakes that lie beneath the distant granite spires. Our walk gives us a much better sense of the granite domain above us, and we also begin to realize how large the lakes and valley are, in which we have camped. Still, we are not IN granite, mostly forest, and it is clear to us now as the day wears on, that we are NOT going to reach any granite on this hike, so Gordon opts for the next best thing - “The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get,” the motto of the DFC&FC advises the day, and he thinks we should summit White Rock to have a better look around.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

H.R. 232, 115th Congress, 1st Session

"A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest", The Boat Company

A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest

Reprinted with permission from Hunter H. McIntosh, President, The Boat Company

We are living in a time of unprecedented attacks on both public lands and waters, and the agencies that protect them. Without action on the part of all Americans, Republican and Democrat, we stand to lose much of the conservation legacy that has been achieved over the 38 years since The Boat Company was created, not just in Southeast Alaska, but everywhere. And it is no coincidence that this legislation is all coming out rapid fire – the flood of new legislation, not seen in six years, is designed to make it more difficult to meaningfully respond to or organize around any one proposed law.

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Tale of Two Futures: Alaskan Wild Salmon vs. the Pebble Mine by Joel Reynolds, NRDC

A Tale of Two Futures: Alaskan Wild Salmon vs. the Pebble Mine

by Joel Reynolds, Western Director, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Reprinted with permission by the Author.
Originally published on Huffington Post.

For anyone still unclear about the irreconcilable disconnect between the rich heritage of Alaskans and the overriding financial self-interest of The Pebble Partnership, it was on stunning display in Bristol Bay’s wild salmon fishery this summer.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest", The Boat Company

A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest

Reprinted with permission from Hunter H. McIntosh, President, The Boat Company

We are living in a time of unprecedented attacks on both public lands and waters, and the agencies that protect them. Without action on the part of all Americans, Republican and Democrat, we stand to lose much of the conservation legacy that has been achieved over the 38 years since The Boat Company was created, not just in Southeast Alaska, but everywhere. And it is no coincidence that this legislation is all coming out rapid fire – the flood of new legislation, not seen in six years, is designed to make it more difficult to meaningfully respond to or organize around any one proposed law.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest", The Boat Company

A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest

Reprinted with permission from Hunter H. McIntosh, President, The Boat Company

We are living in a time of unprecedented attacks on both public lands and waters, and the agencies that protect them. Without action on the part of all Americans, Republican and Democrat, we stand to lose much of the conservation legacy that has been achieved over the 38 years since The Boat Company was created, not just in Southeast Alaska, but everywhere. And it is no coincidence that this legislation is all coming out rapid fire – the flood of new legislation, not seen in six years, is designed to make it more difficult to meaningfully respond to or organize around any one proposed law.

"Focus On What Matters Most" by Hunter H. McIntosh

"Focus On What Matters Most" by Hunter H. McIntosh 


Reprinted with permission from Hunter H. McIntosh, President, The Boat Company

With the transition of power now over, and the process of seating a new Presidential cabinet under way at the time I write this, we all watch the news with bated breath in anticipation of who will be the next Secretary of this, or Ambassador of that. At the end of the day, with so much fear gripping our nation, the reality is that we are a country of checks and balances.

As a small business focused on nature-based tourism in Southeast Alaska, as well as the protection and preservation of the Tongass National Forest, like many we have our concerns. Conservation has always been at the heart of our mission, and we are passionate about taking action to protect this amazing area we cruise throughout each year. However, we also are dedicated to providing our guests with the best wilderness experience that Alaska has to offer. And so, in this issue, we share with you some current events about our government and the Tongass, in the hopes we might inspire you to help us in our land protection efforts. And as always, we share some personal stories, company updates and compelling photographs to hold you over until we see you again {hopefully sooner than later!}

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