Ground Truth Trekking

In addition to our Journeys, Issue Articles, Photos, Maps and other existing content, GTT is working on a number of projects related to natural resource issues and education.

A sampling of current and future projects is below:

Upcoming Journeys

The man in the raft

Katmai slept beneath the swing of Hig's Paddle as we skirted the ice-cliff edge of Malaspina Lake.

Katmai slept beneath the swing of Hig's Paddle as we skirted the ice-cliff edge of Malaspina Lake.

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            -Around Cook Inlet (Spring 2013).   This two-month, 650-mile trip will find us circumnavigating Cook Inlet with two young children, exploring natural resource issues and interviewing villages and communities along the way.

            -From Glaciers to the Sea (Fall 2013).  This month-long trip being undertaken by Chris Dunn will explore the Susitna River from source to mouth.  The goal of this trip is to document the issues surrounding the proposed Sustina Dam.

Software

            -Collaboration with Skytruth to develop mapping software.

            -Creation of a "media portal" that will allow facilite navigation through our database of thousands of photos, maps, articles, figures etc. (in progress)

Movies

            -A documentary of our 2-month long "Life on Ice" expedition which took place on Malispina Glacier on the wild Lost Coast of southeast Alaska (in planning stages)

            -A documentary called "Where the Heck is Donlin?" based on three voyages looking at the issues surrounding the proposed Donlin Gold mine (in progress)

Maps/Figures

            -Creation of a series of figures on coal-related topics such as resources and reserves in Alaska, exporting of coal, and coal consumption in the state.  These figures will then be tied into a poster that shows the relationship of all of these pieces, as well as bring in the effects of climate and the relation to fisheries.  (in progress)

Geology

Fault hunt trench 2010

Mike Borden and Andrew Mattox dig out a trench

Mike Borden and Andrew Mattox dig out a trench

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            -Studying seismic hazards at the proposed Pebble Mine.  The company behind the Pebble project has mostly dismissed concerns about seismic hazards and has mapped the nearest fault using incomplete and outdated information.  Hig has lead several seasons of fieldwork to better understand the seismic hazards in the region (ongoing: various products of this project here).