Photo Essay: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Northeastern Alaska

By Charles Graham
May 31, 2014 at 11:00 am  •  Posted in Inspiration, Photo Essay by

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska is the largest protected wilderness in North America with over 18 million acres. Accompanied by three other people, I embarked on a two-week, 160-mile rafting trip through the refuge, exploring as much as possible of this region—the last 5% of Alaska’s northern coastline not open to oil drilling.

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Chuck Graham is a freelance writer and photographer in Carpinteria, CA. He’s also been a beach lifeguard for over 20 years, works as a guide for Channel Islands Outfitters leading kayak tours and backpacking trips at the Channel Islands National Park, and is the editor of DEEP Surf Magazine.