“The Wolverine Way,” by Douglas Chadwick
Throughout my years ski touring in British Columbia, I’ve often crossed or followed wolverine tracks and marveled at their ability to negotiate challenging terrain during the winter season. Only once was I fortunate enough to actually see one, from a distance, as it ascended a steep couloir, traversed a complex ridgeline, then disappeared, descending a steep north-facing chute. A journey that would have taken us hours, the wolverine made in minutes.
Admiring the vast distances they travel in rugged terrain under adverse conditions, I’ve often felt the wolverine is nature’s ultimate ski mountaineer.
An elusive animal, and sometimes misunderstood, it faces numerous threats from human activity and climate change. Fortunately its story is finally being told by Douglas Chadwick in his book “The Wolverine Way.” Chadwick, a wildlife biologist, journalist, and frequent contributor for the National Geographic Society, was a volunteer with the Glacier Wolverine Project—a five-year study of wolverines in Montana’s Glacier National Park. In a July 2019 article in National Geographic, Chadwick writes: