Inspired by Alaska’s 663,000-square-mile mix of ass paining and soul enriching, AKHG is built for those with the mindset that there’s a lot to love beyond the confines of cushy and convenient. New paths to plot and tent stakes to pound. Lists to make and legwork to wade through. Dry bags to pack and achy late afternoons of airing it all out once you’re back. This is gear built for men and women who will actually use said gear. The type who aren’t about to give a free pass to a fake pocket. For them, we help balance nature’s ecstasy with her uneasy. The beautiful with the backbreaking. The million-dollar sunsets with scraping burnt refried beans off the side of the same mug used for morning coffee.


Here you’ll find stories of the men and women who share that mindset, and have taken it a step further to ensure everyone else can do the same. Check back often to see those stories build throughout this season of AKHG.

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You might have a voice in the back of your mind saying you could be doing or trying more out there. And Kanoa is all the inspiration you need to start listening to it. She was working a fast-paced career in New York City when she lost vision in her right eye that never fully recovered.


Rather than accept a new limit, she took it as a loud call that life is short – propelling her to quit her job and go try everything she’d ever dreamed of doing in the outdoors.


From her first hike in her native Hawaii, she’s embraced the idea of being a passion-fueled newcomer to any sport. She’s gone on to hike, and bike, and camp, and sail, and surf on (or off) any continent, all while inspiring a community of like-minded people to do the same.

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If you want to call Gabaccia and Roberto long-haul backpackers, that fits. They’ll disappear for weeks at a time on the trail, most recently hiking the Continental Divide Trail. 

 

Trout-obsessed fly fishers? That too. They’ve chased the next catch from Montana to Texas, Oregon to Maine.

 

But dedicated outdoor enthusiasts and advocates, now that hits the mark. Through their work with conservation nonprofits and outdoor initiatives, they spend all their time spreading the love of – and promoting access to – the immense variety of public lands that every last one of us can get out and explore. 

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Somewhere on a trail in Colorado, on a foothill that leaned a bit too close to vertical, fellow hikers Jason Swann and Marisa Jarae hit on an idea: an awful lot of misunderstanding could be averted, and understanding gained, if everyone got together more. Out here.


Where a good worked-up sweat cuts through the need for small talk and icebreakers. Where exertion leads to honesty, and a good dose of jointly felt trail ache leads to empathy.


It’s the insight that led to their founding of Rising Routes. The organization fosters community in the outdoors in a way that cuts through race, experience level and physical ability – and uses those stories to promote fair access to the wonderful, untamed wild.

Rising Routes Co-Founder Jason Swann wearing AKHG Olympic Coast Rainwear.
Rising Routes Co-Founder Marisa Jarae wearing AKHG Bitterroot Flannel.
Camp setup in Arapaho Pass after a long day’s hike. Wicking AKHG Tun-Dry T-Shirt in the shot.
When the day has a 30° temp swing, best bring the layers. King Crab Hoodie + Crosshaul Tee featured.
Jason Swann offering a helping hand on hard terrain. Boulders are no obstacle to good teamwork.
One last water stop before tackling the next leg of the adventure. Crosshaul Sweatshirt in the shot.
AKHG Roadless Pants move easy and fight snags to keep you comfortable when the trek is anything but.
The group takes a breather in crisp mountain air before tackling more trail.
Just below the peak in Arapaho Pass. Eco-Puffin Jacket stays warm in high-elevation chill.
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