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SHWAK Magazine  Highlighting amazing human-powered outdoor adventures in Alaska. Tag us or #shwakmagazine to be featured.

People often speak of the immensity of Alaska. Commenting on its vast wild places and mountains that seem to be layered one ridge line after the next into some expanding infinity. A rugged landscape spanning as far as our imagination will allow it to run.
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But what of the people who call this place home, don’t they share similar qualities? With rugged hearts and dreams that seem to stretch beyond the limitations of ocean horizons and towering massifs of rock and ice. A seemingly endless supply of resilience stockpiled in their soul, the ability to overcome adversity and shortfalls while donning smiles of humble satisfaction.
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Here’s to the people of Alaska, those who call the 49th state their home. Here’s to all of you out there who strive to be better and to protect the wild places that we are so lucky to call home. Most importantly here’s to everyone out there affected by the earthquakes around the state, we hope you may find comfort in the following days and are able to return to your normal routines. Thank you for always being an inspiration to this company and especially to me. Your strength and endurance are beyond extraordinary, for this I thank you and wish you all well.
-Sean Johnson
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We hope that you all are safe and haven’t had too much damage occur in your life today after the earthquake. We know that you are all a resilient bunch and will take this in stride, whether you’re still working today, at home cleaning or just doing some good old fashioned day drinking, we wish you the best. Here’s a little motivation to get after it after the dust settles.
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📷 @jscheben
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If this doesn’t get you stoked we’re not sure what will.
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Thanks @wi5iceguy for sharing!
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So this Thanksgiving I had the opportunity to help @icegun1 finish bolting our gem line and I got to send it! Gravy Train is located under the Tsina Bridge to the right of the pillar and starts on the rock and exits between the tusk like daggers. It offers an incredible but short awkward hard climbing. There are 5 bolts total with a 2 bolt anchor over the ice. I placed one ice screw above the fracture line on the right dagger. Go get on it guys! I have no idea a grade for this one thinking an M8 but need some more input. Thanks for the Pictures @secretlifeofjosh!
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Day 10: Helicopter flight out. Beautiful day to fly and get glimpses of the rest of the icefield. Reentry is always hard. Showers and laundry are nice. We were physically back but mentally elsewhere for a long while afterwards. Follow @akmountainwomen for more

Day 10: Bitter-sweet feelings as we loaded up the helicopter. Sad to go, happy to see loved ones again. We had to leave early because another weather system was coming in and likely staying for weeks. The flight out was gorgeous. .
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Day 8: Skinning to the pick up. If only you could hear the Pitbull on Auri’s jammy pack. 📷 by Katie McCaffrey. Follow @akmountainwomen for more.
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Day 8: Blue bird day for some amazing skinning to the helicopter pick up ☺️ follow @akmountainwomen for more info 📷 by @mary.e.gianotti .
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Day 7: We called it quits on the icefall after three days attempting a route. We headed back to camp and enjoyed good company and pretty views.
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Day 7: From camp, it looked like the rope team of four scouting a route had made it through the icefall. However, the rope team had made it 9/10 of the way up the icefall only to be stopped by a serac wall and crevasses. Moments after the rope team decided to turn around and head back to camp, the final snow ramp that we made a conscious decision not to try because of avalanche danger was hit by an avalanche. A loaded cornice from the ridge line broke and tumbled into seracs causing the seracs to break and also head down the slope. The avalanche filled in many of the crevasses and ran out ~50 to ~100 meters outside of the rope team. Everyone headed back to our camp which was in a safe zone outside of avalanches. The mountains spoke. We listened. We turned around. We stayed safe.
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