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Searching For a Son Swallowed by the Jungle

In early 2014, a 27-year-old Alaskan named Cody Roman Dial embarked on a grand and rambling overland journey through Mexico and Central America. He was the son of National Geographic Explorer Roman Dial, a biologist and multisport virtuoso renowned for audacious feats in mountaineering, ice climbing, rafting, and grueling backcountry endurance races. In Anchorage’s adventure circles, Roman is a mythic figure. Cody’s odyssey seemed to be driven at least in part by an attempt to carve out his own space in the wilderness.

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