100 Mile White Mountain Ski Tour

Although the calendar said it was the end of winter and the start of spring, Alaska clearly wasn’t paying attention. Nathaniel and I got a later than expected start (which we will find will actually become our norm) and we had to ski through a windy and dark -40F to make it to our first cabin. We only dared stop for mere moments to sip hot tea from an insulated bottle (our water bottles, though in an insulated pouch, had frozen solid) and split a large chocolate muffin. Yes, it was wicked cold at times and the wind was often howling, but it was beautiful. The photos (see more by clicking on this photo) and the video below will never do that beautiful landscape justice. But, come have a look and make this journey with us as best as we can share it.

If you’re looking to head into the Whites for your own adventure, contact:
Collin Cogley – BLM
collin_cogley@blm.gov / 907.474.2382

About the author

Adventure Correspondent Cameron L. Martindell is a freelance adventure travel and expedition writer, photographer and filmmaker who founded Offyonder.com in 2000. He has contributed to Elevation Outdoors Magazine, The Gear Junkie, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Outside, Backpacker, Wired, Australian Geographic, Mountainzone.com and others. He has been to all seven continents and lived on five of them, including a four-month stint at the South Pole. Cameron has more than 10 years of mountain search and rescue experience, is an Eagle Scout, has been an Australian bush firefighter, competes in sailing regattas, plans national and international youth programs, guides Oregon rafting trips and Australian bush backpacking trips.


  1. Very cool journal. I fly over that area quite a bit in the winter (and summer I suppose) and the area from Mount Prindle west to the Elliot is one of my favorite areas to view.

  2. That’s a lot ‘o skiing, especially in the dark! Gotta hand it to you two…quite an adventure.

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