Nathan's Story

Nathan Beck
Nathan Beck, an Alaskan wilderness guide, depends on quiet moments in the wild for great peace-of-mind.

Nathan Beck spent 70 days traveling by kayak from Ketchikan, Alaska, to Bodega Bay, California, and a summer kayaking from Southeast Alaska north to the fishing town of Cordova, on the east side of Prince William Sound.

Beck, a self-employed cabinet maker and wilderness guide, lives in Soldotna on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Many of his neighbors prefer to explore the outdoors with snowmobiles and off-road vehicles, but Nathan takes a quieter approach.

“When my only thoughts involve the day’s travel and the sights seen along the way, it’s incredibly relaxing, and I can carry peace of mind back home with me.”

- Nathan Beck

“Growing up, my family frequently took camping trips, so my experiences were numerous from an early age,” Beck says. “By the time I was 17, I was taking solo backpacking trips into the Emigrant Wilderness in the Sierras. It was always such a contrast going from the populated sections of California into pristine, untouched country.”

Nathan still prefers to go it alone, not wanting the distraction of company when he’s in wild places. “The peace of mind that comes with being alone makes the biggest difference,” he explains.

“When my only thoughts involve the day’s travel and the sights seen along the way, it’s incredibly relaxing, and I can carry peace of mind back home with me.”

See also: Robert's story, Experience Alaska

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