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Don Lake
In 2005, this Florida resident and two buddies resurrected the Arctic Brotherhood, a fraternal organization founded in Alaska in 1899—and for a short period intensely popular with gold-rush stampeders. The friends started the modern version after under-training for the Chilkoot Trail (but completing it), and visiting an original Arctic Brotherhood lodge in Skagway. Since then, their adventures (and training) have evolved, and they’ve established a 21st-century code that emphasizes wild explorations on a shoestring budget—but with strong coffee, fine cigars, and aged Scotch whiskey. New members are welcome: arcticbrotherhood.org.

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