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Steve Trafton

Book Projects

Book Project

Stephen Trafton

During 2020 we all found ourselves somewhat limited in our ability to pursue our “usual” schedule of activities. Travel was limited and for Katherine and I, a continuation of long-distance hiking projects in Europe had to be put on hold. Although we were able to do a number of interesting hikes in Washington, Oregon as well as several long-distance tours with the old ALF Speedsters in Colorado and down the Pacific Coast Highway, we found ourselves with a considerable amount of the year spent closer to our home on Whidbey Island.

Our solution to this dilemma took several forms. First, we began a series of musical concerts at our home. (See COVID CONCERT for a sample) We hope you enjoy it. In addition to the Covid Concerts, I thought this would-be good time to develop an “artistic” compendium of the most significant Arctic Expeditions I was fortunate enough to be involved with during the 1970s and 1980s. The result was a two-volume, large format set of books outlining these expeditions and displaying, what I thought were the most compelling images. I hope you enjoy them.


To read and view more pictures from these expeditions go to Arctic tab in the menu above, or click on these links below:

Arctic Explorations Volume 1

Arctic Explorations Volume 2

Arctic Exploration in the Year 1978, 1980, 1981 and 1982.

Volume 1

Volume 2

The Lost Franklin Expedition



The Trafton Expedition is featured this month in Visions of the North blog.





While searching out the 1845 lost expedition of Sir John Franklin, Trafton and his team discovered not only Franklin’s campsite, but a 100 year old note, left by another search party.










Read more about Trafton’s discovery in Russell Potter’s blog titled Visions of the North. Potter is Professor of English and Media Studies at Rhode Island College. 











And read the entire story in Trafton’s latest book called At The Edge;