Welcome to ALASKAMOUNTAINMAN.COM. We have created this Web Site in response to the
overwhelming interest from viewers of the "Railroad Alaska" TV series which was hosted by
the Destination America Channel and featured Jim and Nancy James in several episodes.
Nancy and Jim - "Loaded for Bear"
Living in the wilderness of Alaska, on a full time basis, presents many challenges and imposes significant hardships
and danger to those brave people who attempt to do so. In this site we will show you "first hand" how Jim and Nancy
have dealt with these challenges and have survived in the wilderness for over 18 years. In this site we will explore
several topics including How we Surrive in the Wilderness, How We Use Technology in the Bush, Sources of Food, Danger
From Alaska Animals" and others. From time to time we will also feature true stories about the personal lives of Jim and
Nancy as written by Nancy. But mainly, we want to answer question that you may have so please click on CONTACT US
and ask away. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Jim is 67 years old. Born in Hattiesburg
MS, he grew up in Southern Illinois. Jim
owned and managed several automobile
repair businesses in Southern Illinois
before moving to Alaska. Jim loves to
hunt and fish and live in the
wilderness. He also likes to develop new
and more efficient ways to infuse
modern technology into the wilderness.
Nancy James was born in Vincennes,
Indiana July 20, 1953. She spent her
childhood years including grade school
in Washington, Indiana. In 1967 she
and her family moved to Carlisle,
Illinois where she graduated from high
school in 1971. For eight years she
helped her family run a Laundromat in
Carlisle. In 1978, while searching for
someone to work on her MGB sports car
she met Jim. Jim and Nancy fell in love
and moved to Oregon in 1980 where
they spent the winter. In 1981 Jim and
Nancy travelled the Alcon highway and
entered Alaska May 8, 1981. They
spent their first winter in Alaska on a
remote gold claim near the Canadian
border not far from Haines, Alaska. In
1982 Jim and Nancy moved to Juneau,
Alaska and got married in Juneau May
25, 1982. They spent three years in
Juneau as owner operator of a foreign
car repair shop before moving to
Wasilla, Alaska in 1985. That same
year they moved to Talkeetna, Alaska
where they remained until 1995 at
which time they moved to the Alaska
wilderness 12 miles north of Talkeetna.
Nancy's passion is doing artwork,
carving, and now writing. Her hobby is
taking care of Jim.
Jim passed away August 10, 2016.
May he find eternal peace with God.