Appearances in the NYTs and The Atlantic this Month

Both the New York Times and The Atlantic are running photos I took in online pieces appearing this month—about Quebec poutine and forest conservation respectively. I came across both articles by complete accident while scrolling through social media (stock agencies generally don’t tell you who buys your images, to protect their business arrangements with them). 

Pub Day for “In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond”

For those interested, my first book, In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch, is available today. The non-fiction travel memoir recounts my time on the Central and North Coast of British Columbia looking into reports of Sasquatch encounters among the area’s indigenous residents. The front cover of the book was designed with a photo I took during a misty morning in the temperate rainforest of British Columbia’s Coast Ranges.

The book is published by Grove Atlantic in the USA and Greystone Books in Canada and is available from all major online retailers, including Amazon.

Feature on Stewart B.C. and Hyder Alaska, in ‘Explore’

Explore magazine is running a feature I wrote about a pair of adjacent and highly idiosyncratic border towns in British Columbia and Alaska, in its Summer 2018 issue. The article, called “A Tale of Two Border Towns,” looks at the unusual relationship between Stewart, British Columbia, and its much smaller and road-locked sister town, Hyder, in the Alaska Panhandle. 

Those interested can read the piece on my website.

Aleutian Islands Photo Essay

BBC Travel is running a photo essay from a trip I took in the late spring to Unalaska Island, in Alaska’s Aleutian Island chain in the North Pacific. Unaska, home to the Unangan people, is a commercial fishing and seafood packaging hub, and is also the prime filming location for Discovery Channel’s reality doc show “Deadliest Catch.” Anyone who knows me knows I’m drawn to remote locales, and this is one of the most far-flung I’ve visited to date. It’s also incredibly interesting.

You can check out the BBC Travel piece here.

The Swiss Wine Trail of Valais

Vancouver-based Montecristo magazine is running my travel piece about the Swiss Wine Trail in Valais, the southern canton of Switzerland, in its Winter 2018 issue. You can read the piece, and see the photos, in its online form here.

Swiss Wine?

Mention Switzerland and all sorts of things come to mind: cheese, watches, chocolate, the Matterhorn, yodeling… 

What almost never factors in a conversation about this alpine nation is its wines: one of Switzerland’s deepest secrets. The country produces around 200 million bottles per year. And
nearly all of it is consumed domestically. 

I’m in the Valais region of the country (the Rhone Valley), exploring its little know viticulture. While here I’m also checking out an 80km-long hiking trail that winds through vineyards on the slopes of the Alps, linking the French-speaking end of the valley with the German. 

Story will appear in Montecristo magazine this winter. 

Hyder, Alaska - The Libertarian Enclave

The village of Hyder (population, around 60), is a tiny hamlet nestled in the Coast Mountains of the Alaskan panhandle, right across the border from Stewart, British Columbia, Canada. 

The town’s claim to fame is that is completely cut off and isolated from the rest of the state - the only road in and out is from Canada. Apart from a post office and some US Forest Service personnel, there is no American government presence or law enforcement in town. People here forge their own independent existence, off the grid. 

I’m here this week working on a feature story about life in the town, and its sister community of Stewart B.C. 

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