02/14/13 - 5:10pm
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Deep in the bowels of Alaska’s Brooks Range, Dave Metz found himself performing a dry-land version of the breast stroke as he “swam” through miles and miles of thick brush.
Feet sloshing through muck, and with his trusted Airedale dog Will behind him, Metz spent entire days putting his hands together in front of his face and parting the thick brush like a swimmer slicing through the water.
“You have to walk with your hands free and literally have to peel the brush apart,” Metz says. “Up and over ridge after ridge; it can be really discouraging.”