About this project
Update: We did it! We reached our bare minimum goal, but we still need your support. We are not being greedy, we can use every cent we can get. First we can use the extra money to cover the Kickstarter fee, which is between 8-10% of the total. Then we will use extra money to cover costs of the rewards. After that, it all goes to the book. We can print more of them, increase its distribution (hopefully to Europe) and if we raise a lot more, increase the physical size.
So thank you for making this long over-due celebration of the Alaska Range come to life!
About the Alaska Range
Stretching more than 600 miles like a crescent moon across central Alaska, the Alaska Range is the formidable wall of mountains that separates the south-central coast from Alaska’s interior. Some of the world's most legendary and notorious peaks reside in this Range, including its best known mountain, Denali, the highest peak in North America. Although it’s one of the largest mountains on earth, however, Denali occupies just a small portion of the entire Alaska Range.
Compared to the lengthy Rockies, Andes, and Himalayas, the Alaska Range is a compact collection of mountains—but it more than makes up for its short length with its ruggedness, wildness, and unparalleled beauty. And it’s remoteness has helped preserve it; the Alaska Range holds one of the most pristine and intact alpine ecosystems on earth.
While it is considered by mountaineers, adventurers, and explorers to be one of the great mountains ranges of the world, no one has ever before published a photography book featuring the Alaska Range—until now.
About the Project
I could never understand this. Surely, such a unique and still mysterious mountain range deserves to be celebrated? So in 2005, I began to photograph the Alaska Range in bits and pieces, in between other commitments. By 2012, I was working exclusively on the project, devoting all my time and energy to capturing these stunning peaks and valleys. In 23 separate expeditions into the Alaska Range, I have traveled by foot, skis, and crampons and in all four seasons. I have experienced epic storms, wicked cold, curious bears, and a near-fatal river crossing. I have flown in countless bush planes, landing on tundra, river bars, and glaciers. It has been a challenging yet highly rewarding experience that I can't wait to share with you.
And with the photography now complete, I am in the final development stages of the book.
About the Book
When I conceived this project, I knew Mountaineers Books should be the publisher. When I approached them in 2013, they immediately agreed. Since 1960, Mountaineers Books has published the best in mountain literature, photography, and outdoor education. They are an independent and non-profit organization committed to helping people explore and appreciate all that the great outdoors has to offer. In short, the perfect publisher for this project!
Several of Alaska's best naturalists, climbers, and adventurers are contributing essays about the natural history and their personal experiences in the Alaska Range. Art Davidson, Jeff Benowitz, Clint Helander, Brian Okonek, Roman Dial, Verna Pratt, and Bill Sherwonit have each done a brilliant job of presenting the mountains through a wide range of fact and story. I truly feel that we are creating an outstanding and long overdue tribute to the spectacular Alaska Range.
And Mountaineers Books’ award-winning designers are creating an amazing package featuring 120 full-color photographs, FSC-certified paper, and archival ink. The book will be available in a large-format softcover, as well as in a limited edition hardcover paired with a collector’s print. The softcover will be available in retail outlets throughout North America and beyond.
In order to make this book a reality, we need your help. Expensive to create, photography books pose a significant risk to the publisher. We need to raise a minimum of $9,000 to make this book come to life. Every cent raised will go directly to the final production and distribution of the book.
Since I was in high school, photography books have played a significant role in my life. I used to search through public libraries, checking out every photography book I could find: portraits, gritty documentary, landscapes—it didn't matter. I have always believed that books were, and are, the perfect medium to experience photography.
The Alaska Range, the book, will celebrate a magnificent collection of mountains—its history, culture, and wildlife—while also giving readers a collection of images to last a lifetime.
The 4k resolution image set will include ten brilliant images of some of Alaska's most inspiring mountains. I haven't made the decision yet on which images I will be including, I may even mix it up a bit. View them on your HD or 4k television and they will blow you away. Use them as a screen saver and you are guaranteed not to get any work done.
The prints will be printed on 100% cotton paper, the most archival and environmentally friendly paper available. The image size will measure 11x17 and will be printed on 13x19 paper.
Delta Mountains back-backing trip will be held in July 2016. This reward is for experienced back-packers with their own gear. Cost includes transportation from Anchorage to the Delta Mountains and back. There are no trails in the Delta Mountains, but the terrain is rolling tundra and easy glaciers. Lots of wildlife too.
All contributors will have the first look at the book's layout and the cover. We may ask for your opinion and will be conducting some surveys to insure the best book is created.
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Print features on the Alaska Range Project:
Project Mayham, Story and Interview by Matt Samet, Climbing Magazine, August 2007
The Delta Mountains, story and photographs by Carl Battreall, Outdoor Photographer, August 2007
The Alaska Range, Featured Portfolio, Alaska Magazine, June 2015
Images from the Alaska Project have also been published in:
The Most Beautiful Mountains of the World (Published by French publisher Éditions Glénat), Patagonia, Vertical (France), Climbing, Alpinist, Alpin (Germany), Gakujin (Japan), Nature's Best, Outdoor Photographer, Alaska Airlines magazine, Photomedia and countless calenders.
Risks and challenges
If we reach our minimum goal, the book will be published. Only risk could be delays in book shipments, but that is unlikely due to the Mountaineers Books extensive publishing experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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