Author and Adventurer

Michael Modzelewski is the author of Inside Passage: Living with Killer Whales, Bald Eagles and Kwakiutl Indians; North Through Paradise; Angeles Crest: A Memoir; and Wild Life: The Miss-Adventures of a Cosmo Bachelor. When not writing books, hosting adventure-travel TV shows or giving motivational speeches, Michael enjoys exploring the Alaskan fjords and leading walking safaris in Tanzania, Africa.


In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods*

Why climb a mountain? Short answer (from George Mallory): “Because it is there.” Longer response (from Reinhold Messner): “Most people are not interested in personal experience. The concept that one can willingly tax one’s physical and mental resources out of a pure joy of living: that one can become obsessed with a hunger to experience the world and the mind… Read more →

Michael Modzelewski and Amy Tan

Inside Passage Book Review – By Amy Tan

  “Michael Modzelewski is the John Muir of our times. Like Muir, he provides quiet and reverential observance of nature and our own humanity, while interjecting riveting narratives of unanticipated death-defying adventures. His writing is visceral and poetic, alternately humorous and heart-rending, able to sweep the reader seamlessly into his world. I have spent happy hours with his writing.” —… Read more →



PBS Television filmed Michael’s book, INSIDE PASSAGE: LIVING WITH KILLER WHALES, BALD EAGLES, AND KWAKIUTL INDIANS, with Michael playing himself in the Bio-Pic of life on the wilderness island in the Inside Passage of Alaska. Read more →


Cosmopolitan Magazine

Michael was chosen as a Cosmo “Bachelor of the Month” and Year. His appearance as Mr. November not only brought Michael a wife, but his experiences of dating women around the world are the subject of his latest, best-selling book, Wild Life: The Miss-Adventures of a Cosmo Bachelor. Read more →

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises

Michael has a life-long contract with Princess Cruises, as their top Alaska Naturalist and Guest Speaker. He has a huge following, with passengers specifically booking cruises that Michael is on. As one passenger stated: “Michael is the Prince of the Princess ships.” Read more →


  There are 100,000 glaciers in Alaska (of varying sizes) and 95% are in retreat, melting back in our era of global warming. Explored Laughton Glacier above Skagway, Alaska. Glaciers carve drama and splendor into the landscapes. Both bulldozer and conveyor belt, the sticky ice picks up rocks that it uses chock-a-block to grind away at the mountains, creating new… Read more →


A glacier-carved masterpiece, Tracy Arm Fjord winds narrow and serpentine for 26 miles into the southeast Alaska coastline. 4,000 foot granite rock walls soar straight up out of ocean 1,000 feet deep; waterfalls cascade down in silver plumes; mountain goats prance and dance across the vertical escarpments; seals sun themselves on pan-ice tabletops;  garlands of greenery, decorated with wildflowers festoon the mountainsides; in July hummingbirds… Read more →