Local News

Trekking wild Alaska with toddlers in tow

Erin McKittrick and her daughter, Lituya, in a snowstorm during the family's trek to Malaspina Glacier. (Photo courtesy of Erin McKittrick).

Erin McKittrick and her daughter, Lituya, in a snowstorm during the family’s trek to Malaspina Glacier. (Photo courtesy of Erin McKittrick).

In 2007, Erin McKittrick and Hig Higman set out on an epic 4,000 mile trek from Seattle to the Aleutian islands. They traveled for a year by foot, raft, and skis, and McKittrick wrote about the experience in the book, “A long trek home.” Now, their family has expanded by two, with four-year-old Katmai and two-year-old Lituya. But the pair haven’t stopped adventuring. Instead, they’ve taken their young family with them — whether it’s a 300-mile trek along the Chukchi Sea or two months living on Southeast Alaska’s Malaspina Glacier.

http://www.kcaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ErinLituya.jpg

Listen to iFriendly audio here.

Now McKittrick has written a second book, “Small Feet, Big Land,” about experiencing wild Alaska with a toddler in tow. The family stopped by Sitka last week, and KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz spoke with them about kids, climate change, and being a good parent in grizzly bear territory.

Comments

Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

School board forum pits local control vs. everything else

Challenger Ed Gray (l.) and incumbent Jennifer McNichol have two very different approaches to education. Gray would like to dismantle testing and sever ties with the US Department of Education, and give parents more control over schools; McNichol believes that public education is the "foundation that we all develop from," and individualism, creativity, and choices stem are built from there. (KCAW photo, Emily Kwong)
For the second time in two years, Sitka voters will choose between candidates for school board with significant differences in educational philosophy. more

Three apply for school board vacancy

Brent Edwards, Jennifer Carter and Dionne Brady-Howard have applied to fill a vacancy on the Sitka School Board. more