The wealth generated by Prudhoe Bay and the other fields on the North Slope since 1977 is worth more than all the fish ever caught, all the furs ever trapped, all the trees chopped down; throw in all the copper, whalebone, natural gas, tin, silver, platinum, and anything else ever extracted from Alaska too. The balance sheet of Alaskan history is simple: One Prudhoe Bay is worth more in real dollars than everything that has been dug out, cut down, caught or killed in Alaska since the beginning of time.

Terrence Cole


I got my etsy store, The Copper Mammet open now!

I admittedly don’t know how things work on there; will each listing disappear after one person buys it since I listed them as “made to order”? I only have one of each made right now and I just left on a rockhunting trip to Prudhoe Bay and Deadhorse and will be gone until the 15th or so so I can’t make more right away. I put down 1-2 weeks to make and ship because of the trip but I expect it to take less time than that once I’m back home. These are the only ones I got listed before we pulled out this morning around 6:30am but I will get the others you saw in my last post up when the trip is over; please look forward to it!

I had a question for you guys regarding the job stones. Would you like them the same size and shape as the Dalamud and veteran tattoo pendants or would you prefer that I attempt to cut them out the same as their ingame stones? The circle is far easier so I would charge $20, but the irregular shapes are finicky and tedious to cut so they would be $25. Also, for job stones I think I’ll give you an option when ordering to get the same patina as above or a rainbow patina.

I managed to grab my packaging on the way out so I’ll be able to wrap orders up on the trip and send them as soon as I get home, okidoki?

Thank you so much for all of the interest you have shown; you helped me get over my reservations and do this thing I’ve been wanted to for awhile. I appreciate all of the reblogs, likes, and comments so much. I hope you all find my art worth your money and may you ever walk in the light of the crystal.

Tomorrow I fly to Prudhoe Bay, AK via Anchorage for a quick work trip. One day there, one full day in Anchorage and then home on a redeye Thursday night/Friday morning.


Portraits of Adventure

1. Climber Todd Skinner sleeps on a narrow ledge near the summit of 420-metre spire Kaga Pamari in Timbuktu, Mali, Africa. The team dubbed the climb ‘the Harmattan rodeo’ because of the thrashing winds that shook them as they ascended. Photo by Bobby Model.

2. The Xhosa people of South Africa are probably best known for their most famous son, Nelson Mandela, but many Xhosa live far from the modern world, deep in the Transkei region on the country’s Eastern Cape. This picture captures the most important adventure in these boys’ lives – their initiation into manhood, which involves five weeks of isolation. Photo by Brent Stirton.

3. Austrian ‘Fearless Felix’ Baumgartner holds the record for the world’s highest BASE jump – off the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur – and, far more dangerously, the world’s lowest BASE jump, from Brazil’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, pictured here. Photo by Reuters.

4. When journalist James May and photographer Richard Newton set out to investigate the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline in 2001, they had to use the only route in: the notorious ‘Haul Road’. This 414-mile stretch of gravel is the main trucking supply route from Fairbanks to the Prudhoe Bay oilfields, and it is one of the world’s most treacherous roads. Photo by Richard Newton.

5. The image captured by photographer Eric Nathan shows an abseiler (the yellow speck on the left) descending only the bottom quarter of Lesotho’s Maletsunyane Falls. At four times the height of Niagara, it is home to one of the longest abseils in the world – a terrifying 192m drop.

6. Sometimes you can find adventure on your own doorstep. Although not exactly the Himalayas, the Brecon Beacons in South Wales provided teaching assistant and amateur photographer Ron Tear with his own Everest. Photo by Ron Tear. 

Source: The Guardian


Returning to Anchorage, I plan the next step….not going for a small goal this time, I chose Prudhoe Bay as the next stop. The Dalton Highway is a road famous for extremes….weather, distance and the landscape are impressive!

Destination set, hitchhiking from Anchorage to Fairbanks is easy, doing a last run for groceries there, I then try to catch a truck up the road at the Hilltop Café (90% is commercial traffic here…Prudhoe Bay is an important oil industry outpost) - took a time but finally found a trucker willing to give a ride. to Coldfoot. halfway up. :)

Stuck in Coldfoot (truckstop and gas station), there is no more truckrides coming up…a day and a half passes by, waiting and asking around in the endlessly burning sun……

not willing to quit in the perfect weather and with enough food for a week - I finally find my ride!


Flew out of Anchorage early this morning, and weather looked great all-around; I was pretty psyched to see that I wasn’t in for the same debacle as last year.

By the time I’d boarded for Deadhorse, the weather had already changed for the worse, with next to no visibility on Barter Island.

Looks like I’m stuck back in Fairbanks tonight. On my own dollar.