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.


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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