About the Authors

Joann Kittleson (a.k.a. Claimjumper) is a transplant from Bellingham, Washington.  Her passion for adventure drew her to the great out of doors in the Pacific Northwest.  She has spent much time hiking Mount Baker, the Cascades and the Olympic mountains.

Joann came to Alaska in 1996 to assist in developing a fiber-optic telecommunications system between Anchorage and Fairbanks.  In 1998 she met up with Adventureman and enticed him to join her in exploring Alaska.  She decided to make Alaska her permanent home after discovering all that this great land has to offer. 

Nicholas Kittleson (a.k.a. Adventureman) was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.  For most of his life he considered himself a city boy, living just a half an hour drive from the "real Alaska."   Although there would be adventure opportunities to share with friends and relatives visiting from the "lower 48" from time to time, he did not make a concerted effort to explore Alaska until meeting Claimjumper.

The romance continues as this wife and husband team continue to explore and write about their wonderful and amazing adventures in Alaska.


The authors would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Aliza Holtz for her assistance, editing and suggestions in improving this project.




The authors dedicate this web-book to our family and friends who have shared life's adventure with us.