The New York Times is publishing a feature this week about the challenges of living in the snow and ice of the Arctic.
The Times is highlighting the challenges that are faced by some families in the far northern reaches of Alaska, where the winter temperatures are so low that they can’t go outside without risking a hypothermia.
The article, titled “Winter camping is a luxury that can’t be had in the winter,” is part of a larger series that will feature a wide range of stories about winter camping and outdoor adventures in Alaska.
In the article, the Times reports that Alaska families spend an average of about one and a half nights per year camping in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the middle of nowhere, which means that they have to deal with a lack of supplies, limited food and the lack of a lot of privacy.
As a result, many of the families who choose to live in the refuge say they can only get by with the aid of a few tent poles and a few blankets.
The lack of privacy also means that the winter is cold and miserable for many of those families.
“We’ve been in the cold for years,” says Karen Sisk, who was the sole adult in her family of seven for three years.
“And we can’t even go outside with our heads down because we can get hypothermic.”
Sisk has been living in her home in North Slope, Alaska, for the last three years with her husband and two young children.
She’s lived in a tent for about a year, sleeping on the floor of their tiny home, which is a tent with a window.
But she says that the cold and lack of warmth in the cabin made her miserable.
“The whole time I’m doing my job as a housekeeper and cleaning up, there’s not a thing that I can do,” she says.
“So I just have to make my own arrangements.
I have to get out there and walk in the wind and the rain and snow and the cold.”
Sukak is one of the few families that is willing to live on a winter campground.
“It’s not the easiest thing to do,” says Sukak, a retired teacher who is also a volunteer firefighter.
“You have to be careful, because you have to keep the windows open.”
Sisk says she has had to go into the woods to make a fire and then spend days and nights in the tent.
“I really do feel like I’m wasting my time,” she adds.
Sukaki and her husband are part of the Alaska Camping Association.
Their goal is to build the capacity of the refuge in order to allow more families to be allowed to stay in the shelter.
But even with all the winter camping, the couple has found that they are limited by the size of the tent that they rent.
“The tent is just too small for us to get to our campsite,” says Sueki.
Sakak and her family rent the tent at $150 a night.
“When you rent a tent, you’re only giving them $150 to stay, but it’s really hard to get that to happen,” says Sisk.
“If we can build a tent in the future, we can keep people comfortable.”
Sakaki’s husband and children have also struggled with the lack and the limited amount of privacy in the campground, which they say is a real challenge.
“There’s so much snow that’s not even in the trees,” she admits.
“With our little space, we’re just not getting enough light.
And I have two children who are sleeping on my lap.
I can’t really do anything with them.”
The couple has a few other challenges to contend with, including the need to maintain the temperature at a comfortable level.
They have a generator that they’re using for electricity.
But the generator runs out of juice at least once a day, so they have a couple of candles on hand that they use for lighting the fire and to keep things cool.
But with the cost of living so high, it’s hard to find enough food and to make ends meet.
Sisk’s husband is the sole breadwinner, and his mother, who works at a bank, has had no income for the past three years, and so far, they haven’t had any income at all.
In addition to living with her two children, Sisk works part-time at a community center that helps families with childcare.
“My husband has been unemployed for a while,” says Suki.
“But we still have the house we live in.
It’s very comfortable.”
When we talk about living in a place where there are no lights, I’m not sure how you can survive.
Suki SiskThe family has a new lease on life when it comes to winter camping.
The Sisk family has taken the opportunity to renovate their cabin to accommodate the needs of the new owners.
“This cabin is so big,” says Suzanne.