The word amazing probably doesn't do Sandy Smith justice. He was born in 1859 in Scotland, and over the next 60 years became one of the most celebrated explorers, guides, and gold miners in Alaskan, Yukon, and Klondike history. Sandy Smith was 82 when Malcolm was born. (Do the math.) Malcolm's mom had no idea he was 80-plus when she married him (she was in her mid-thirties and thought he was in his fifties) and only discovered the truth after she was pregnant with Malcolm. Smith was an adventurer in the truest sense: tough, in superb shape, daring, and highly disciplined. Malcolm would inherit plenty of his father's traits and also several from mom: hard work, honesty, and compassion.