Who Are We?

Adele Wiejackza and John Schauer are both Alaskans who are drawn to the 49th state’s vast wilderness, rugged mountains, wild rivers, and hidden trails. Adele is the creative design genius and owner of Live Large Design. John is the crafty technical wizard behind Think Far Beyond. Adele has over a decade of experience as a river, backcountry and dog mushing guide. John has led backpacking and river expeditions in the rugged and remote Brooks Range for over 25 years. Together they envisioned and launched the 49 Faces Project – the creation of an interactive digital book highlighting Alaskans who seek adventure and inspiration in its wildest places.


In Alaska, the world’s biggest small town, new friends quickly discover interests and friends in common. John and Adele’s shared enthusiasm for design, skijoring, and exploring wild Alaska surfaced quickly. They rapidly found common connections with kindred souls.  Soon they were exploring ideas for a collaborative creative project. Their combined artistic and technical expertise provide a versatile skill set to share riveting stories through text, imagery, video and sound. Follow our quest to develop a media-rich digital book featuring some of the most interesting people you will ever meet.