Ground Truth Trekking



Small Feet, Big Land: Adventure, Home and Family on the Edge of Alaska -  by Erin McKittrick. Follow me as our young family treks through the remote corners of Alaska, exploring the intersection of wilderness and industry in America's wildest state. With two small children in tow, we set out to explore our vast wild home: walking the coast of the Arctic Ocean, living for months on the crumbling edge of Alaska's largest glacier, visiting remote mines and remote villages, andbuilding a life in a yurt at theedge of the wilderness.

A Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft, and Ski. Book by Erin McKittrick on our year-long human powered journey from Seattle to the Aleutians

Magazine and Other Articles not on this site

Erin is a regular contibutor to the Alaska Dispatch News. Erin and other GTT adventurers also publish pieces in magazines and other publications. Check them out on our In the Media page!


Updates on journeys, essays on the issues, and a mix of anything else we feel like putting on there. Not too active at the moment, but lots of good stuff in the archives.

Technical Reports

Bretwood Higman's 2008 report on seismic hazard assessment at the site of the proposed Pebble Mine

Bretwood Higman's 2010 report on potential active faults in the Lake Iliamna area, near the site of the proposed Pebble Mine


Reconsidering the "Value" of Gold - by David Coil, October 2010.

Where Threatened Waters Flow - by Erin McKittrick.  an essay on our 2006 journey through the watersheds downstream of the proposed Pebble Mine.

The Dead and the Dying - by Erin McKittrick.  a short romp through dying glaciers in 2009

Lost Forests on the Lost Coast - by Erin McKittrick.  blog post from an expedition to logging's aftermath

The Fruits of Insanity - by Erin McKittrick.  A February odyssey in the Kenai Fjords.

And read trip journals from over a dozen older trips on our old AK Trekking website.