KRISTIN B. GATES
Kristin Gates is a filmmaker, conservationist, public speaker, writer, and long distance athlete.
She is best known for becoming the first woman to traverse 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 to advocate for the protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She and her filmmaking partner, Jeremy La Zelle, have produced, filmed, and edited a documentary about the Refuge and the Gwich'in Nation. They are now sharing media with any outlet that will promote the issue for free. They are also giving presentations and sharing their film across the world.
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.
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