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About this project

49 Faces of Alaskan Adventure 

This enhanced digital book project will feature Alaskans whose lives are shaped by the wildest places in North America. Through our interactive iBook, you will meet mushers, alpinists, skiers, paddlers and travelers of arctic wilderness. Through video, landscape photos, portraits, and text, we will share the stories of these Alaskans. Their wilderness journeys traverse remote tundra, mountain faces, river gorges and rugged coastlines. We'll collect tales told by adventurers inside storm-bound tents, perched on wind-blown bivvy ledges, and beside flickering riverside flames. Glance into the souls of women and men inspired by magical Alaskan landscapes.

The creative visions that lead these adventurers to pursue their wild dreams and bold new paths often inspire their creative lives.  The Alaska wild teaches humility, confidence, and creativity. Lessons garnered from pushing personal limits in the wilderness inspire these Alaskans as artists, photographers, writers, woodworkers, scientists, and inventors.

The initial lauch of our stunning, multimedia media-rich publication will be in iBook format, optimized for the iPad and the new iBook app for Mac OS 10.9 to be released Fall 2013.

How will your donations help us complete the project?

  • Donations from Kickstarter backers will make it possible to travel our huge state to meet, interview, and dialogue with the 49 people that we choose to highlight in our book.
  • Your donations will help purchase necessary equipment and software to create the highest quality digital content for out iBook.
  • We will use donations to pay costs and fees associated with publishing and distributing the finished iBook. 
  • We will be able to purchase rights to include the highest quality images and videos in the iBook.

Who will be featured in the book?

We've been building a list of potential candidates since we first envisioned this project. Some of these people provided the inspiration for the project. Featured individuals must be Alaskans and pursue outdoor adventures in Alaska. Much of Alaska's small population is concentrated in a few larger communities. We hope to meet women and men who represent the vast state's diverse regions. We also seek a variety of outdoor pursuits, wilderness skills, and creative outlets in our featured participants. As we explain the concept and our vision for the project to fellow adventurous Alaskans, they often add names to our growing list of prospective candidates.  

We've already selected a few folks for the project. The following people are the first we have asked to be among the 49 featured faces of Alaskan adventure:

  • Cody Strathe
  • Paige Drobny
  • Clint Helander
  • Jason Stuckey
  • Tyler Johnson
  • Krista Heeringa
  • Heidi Rader
  • Tim Johnson
  • Luc Mehl
  • Paul Schauer

We'll be announcing these soon through our website and Facebook page.

Where can I learn more about the 49 Faces Project?

We've launched a website and Facebook page to keep the community of supporters, friends, and Alaskan adventurers informed about our concept, vision, and progress in achieving our goals.

Visit the 49 Faces of Alaskan Adventure website at bit.ly/49faces . 

We hope you'll like our Facebook page, too: http://facebook.com/49faces


Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge of this project is involving 49 different Alaskan individuals and recording their unique stories. This will require us to travel to see them in action. We plan to include women and men from across our vast and diverse state, who possess a wide variety of interests, talents, and outdoor pursuits. We have a pre-approved list of applicants who are interested in involvement in this project, helping set us in motion to organize their interviews based on regional location. We hope that our Kickstarter backers introduce us to more Alaskan adventurers whose stories we can share.

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    ***CUPPA JOE LEVEL***
    Our deepest gratitude, good karma, and a digital 49 Faces contributor card

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    ***PINT OF BREW LEVEL***
    49 Faces Gear sticker with our awesome design (2”x4”) -- pimp out your Tacoma, Subaru, Rocket Box or favorite paddle, skis, snowboard or water bottle with these stickers!

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    ***TRAIL MIX LEVEL***
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    ***WOOL SOCKS LEVEL***
    Copy of the finished ibook, complete with interactive media (videos, interview, maps, etc) available for iPad and MacOS 10.9.

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    ***WATER BOTTLE LEVEL***
    Bumper sticker + nomination for someone you know (or yourself!) to be included in the ibook. Must be an Alaskan for this reward.

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    ***FUEL CANISTER LEVEL***
    Private membership to exclusive material on the 49 Faces website and Vimeo channel. Includes interviews, action videos, photographs and more about each of the Alaska 49 Faces.

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    ***FLEECE HAT LEVEL***
    Set of four custom letterpress coasters with the 49 Faces design

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    ***MULTI-TOOL LEVEL***
    Alaskan map pinpointing each book participant’s location/poster size

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    ***LONG JOHNS LEVEL***
    Full color calendar featuring scenes of Alaskan adventures and all 49 participant birthdays.

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    ***WINTER MITTEN LEVEL***
    Collectors deck of cards featuring each participant of the ibook.

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    Printed and bound version of PDF – Collectors Version, Limited quantity

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    ***HELMET LEVEL***
    GPS coordinates to the Great Alaskan Outdoor party at a secret spot in Alaska that will be mailed to you along with the date, which will take place in the summer of 2014. The authors and a variety of Alaskan adventurers featured in the book will be present for this official launch party.

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    ***CLIMBING ROPE LEVEL***
    Join the authors for a day hike, cross-country ski, or paddle outing at one of their favorite Alaskan destinations (activity depends on season, backer experience/fitness and weather conditions), and share stories over a dinner for two prepared by and shared with the authors in Interior Alaska. Backer and guest must provide their own transportation to Fairbanks, AK or surrounding area. Backers at this level will also receive stickers, a deck of cards, and a copy of the final book project.

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    All the above rewards plus gold level acknowledgment of sponsorship in the book.

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