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.
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. chuckgrahamphoto.com