About Aidan Campbell


When I was 4 years old and my dad was in the midst of writing The Final Frontiersman, I continually asked him when would I be able to join him on one of his trips to visit Heimo Korth who lives more remotely than anyone in North America in the the Arctic National Wildlife  Refuge of Alaska. My dad told me he’d take me when I was old enough.

Just a few weeks ago I turned 15 and tomorrow my dad and I are making the first of 3 one-month trips from Lodi, Wisconsin to the Arctic. I will leave behind my mom and two sisters, my school in Madison, my track team , XC ski team and XC running team, my friends, my (new) smartphone, and all the luxuries of home. In exchange, I am going to take a bush plane 130 miles above the Arctic circle, where I will learn to build a cabin, shoot and butcher a caribou, fish Grayling for my dinner, fend off mosquitoes, dream about bears, harvest berries and learn the skills needed to survive in the wilderness from one of the world’s best teachers, Heimo Korth. My dad calls me his Gritty Gal, I hope I can live up to that name.

24 thoughts on “About Aidan Campbell”

  1. Aidan! My entire family is wishing you safe travels and we cannot wait to hear more updates of your adventure. ❤

  2. I’m sure you will have a great time. Good luck and stay safe in the wilderness!
    I hope I can go with your dad someday.

  3. Aiden I am so jealous of you and your adventure. Stay safe and have a great time! Don’t worry about those bears, I watched you run (via computer) at the state track meet and know you only have to worry about running faster than your dad.

  4. Dear Aidan,
    I’m so thrilled that you’re keeping us up to date on your adventures. Please post as many photos as you’re able and give our best to your dad and to the Korths. We feel that we’ve come to know them through your father’s vivid narrative, and we’re looking forward to updates from you.
    Sincerely, Diane and Matthew Esser (age 12)

  5. Aidan,
    As you know, your dad is my dear friend. Can you please see that he comes home safe and sound?
    Love you both. Jon Clark

  6. Seriously awesome blog and you guys sound like awesome people! I’m in WI also. Any chance your uncle needs some more help building cabins or anything? – I’m serious.

  7. After seeing the ” The Last Alaskans ” on TV, I read the book and now I find your blog. It has been interesting reading and I have enjoyed your blog very much

  8. Congratulations Aiden – you & your Dad are amazing. I completely love his new book – am enjoying every bit of your brave adventure, traveling vicariously along with you. I will handsell many copies of Braving It in our Portland, Maine bookstore.

      1. Sounds good Aidan, I’ll ask my daughter to speak with your publisher about a signing.
        Have a lovely time in Amsterdam. Kath was there just after high school. She & her best friend backpacked around Europe – quite different from hiking/surviving in the refuge! – Karen

  9. Hey!
    My dad just gave me your dad’s book to read. I got a few pages in and thought “wait! I think I’ve read this gal’s blog!”
    So I have. Keep writing – it’s always fun to read what you’ve been up to. As you are well aware, the world needs to hear the voices of more badass women.

  10. Loved the book. Being a native of Wisconsin it was fun reading about your adventures. I am a fan of the last Alaskans and really liked Heimo and Edna. I hope they continue to be able to live in ther cabin on the Colleen river.

  11. I wanted to tell you how much I loved reading Braving It and hearing about your adventures in Alaska. I went to live in Deering, Alaska in 1980 when I was 21 years old and spent time on caribou hunts, eating fresh liver, weekends at reindeer camp with the Karmun family and hearing about “long ago” with elders who grew up in sod huts and didn’t eat white people’s food until they were 50. There was no running water or sewer or TV. After two years I moved to the “big” city of Kotzebue and lived there for 6 more years. I love the Arctic and am thrilled when others discover its beauty and wonder. I now live in Baraboo, WI, so the passages in the book about the tug between Alaska and the Midwest were very close to my heart. I’ve paddled the Baraboo River many times and continue to keep in touch with my former students in Deering and Kotzebue to see who brought in an oogruk and other efforts to keep the culture and lifestyle alive. I love hearing about young people finding their way in the wilderness and how it helps them to mature into strong women.

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