No Big Deal is the latest podcast episode from the Dirtbag Diaries. It’s an incredible story and photos from photographer John Burcham whose worked has appeared on the cover of National Geographic. He’s a leading expedition photographer who has been hired by companies like Mountain Hardware and Patagonia to travel to the remotest, wildest places on the globe.
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In 1996, photographer John Burcham and three friends completed the first foot traverse of the 650-mile long Alaska Range. Together, they forded streams, chased off curious grizzlies and crossed crevassed glaciers. After 75 days, they had become a single unit. After delays mounted, Burcham decided to leave the group at the very end of the trip in order to make it to his sister’s wedding. They said goodbye and parted ways. He was alone in the continent’s last great wilderness with a sobering realization — crevasses, hungry wildlife and hypothermia can kill you, but loneliness can drive you crazy. This week we bring stories and photos from the Alaskan wilds.
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