Story last updated at 11/18/2009 - 11:59 am
JUNEAU - In June 2007, Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig, left Seattle for the Aleutian Islands, traveling solely by human power through some of the most rugged terrain in the world. The couple will be presenting their journey and signing books at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Centennial Hall.
An epic wilderness adventure, their journey is also one of learning and discovery. The McKittricks set out with a desire to better understand the interplay between human communities, ecosystems, and natural resources along their route. By hiking, cross-country skiing, and packrafting, they saw the wilderness in its larger context and gained a unique, on-the-ground perspective. This is the story of their unprecedented trek along the northwest coast and their encounters with pelting rains, ferocious winds, blizzards, and bears, as well as with the tiny communities that dot this wild region.
Whether discussing politics with off-the-grid back-to-the-landers, spooking a grizzly from the underbursh, repairing gear with dental floss, or catching a still-warm pizza falling from the sky, the McKittricks experience a rich and varied coast and a world facing destructive change and they gained hope for a sustainable future.
Entertaining and at times harrowing, theirs is a journey of discovery and insight. So, come and hear readings from the book. See the photos, videos and gear. Ask your burning questions about how and why people would do such a thing and get a copy signed by the author.
To learn more about their journey, view photos and maps, and preorder a signed copy of the book "A Long Trek Home," visit http://www.groundtruthtrekking.org/wildcoast/.
For more information, call 586-6942 or visit http://www.seacc.org/.