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Kristin Gates is an expedition filmmaker, conservationist, public speaker, writer, and long distance athlete.  

She is best known for traversing Alaska's Arctic Brooks Range solo on a 1,000-mile route that she mapped out herself.  She has also kayaked the 2,000+ mile Yukon River alone and traveled hundreds of miles by dog team all over Alaska's Arctic and Subarctic.  

Kristin is currently working as a freelance filmmaker with her filmmaking partner, Jeremy La Zelle.  Together they have produced, directed, filmed, and edited many projects focusing on wilderness conservation and humanitarian efforts. 


At the age of 18, Kristin began long distance hiking and since then has walked over 10,000 miles on National Scenic Trails in North America including the Triple Crown (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail) which she completed just after turning 23.  She has also hiked across Sweden's Arctic on the Kungsleden and across a western corner of Greenland on the Arctic Circle Trail.  

Her time spent traveling through North America's wilderness areas has created a committed wilderness conservationist and her life is now focused on protecting the places that she loves and promoting sustainability.  She has written for a variety of publications including Adventure Kayak Magazine and Backpacking Light.  She has also given talks across the country about her adventures and wilderness conservation issues.  

For more on her expedition travel and adventures, click here.  

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