Tim Shinabarger

Ultima Thule


21.5 x 10.5 x 9 in.
6 available / 36
“A distant unknown region; the extreme limit of travel and discovery.”
—Oxford English Dictionary
Dall sheep may be the iconic species of one of the greatest wilderness regions left on earth. The Wrangell-St. Elias, Glacier Bay, and Kluane National Parks, along with Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park, combine to cover more than 24 million acres. The largest protected continuous wilderness area in the world, it is a land of enormous mountains, icefields, and grinding glaciers, falling off to tremendous river valleys, tundra, and boreal forests.
During the summer, many of the older rams will push to the very upper limits of plant life, right to the threshold where nothing exists but ice, rocks, and everlasting winter. Great stamina and desire are required to traverse these areas with a heavy backpack and ice ax in hand. To witness these animals in their habitat is to feel the ominous power of nature at work. From the creak and groan of the glacier that you have pitched your tiny tent on, to the almost constant fall of rock and ice, you know you have entered a land that is literally changing right before your eyes.