In 2014, I hiked through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) of the Brooks Range, from Joe Creek close to the Canadian border to The Haul Road (Dalton Highway) along the pipeline from the Arctic. Traveling an undeveloped wilderness with no trails, bridges or other man-made artifacts for a month is, of course, a unique, but also addictive experience.
So in 2015, I returned to the ANWR for a couple of weeks of more leisurely browsing. I just stepped away from The Haul Road and looped east, letting the spirit move me until the food supply ran low. Spirit and spiritual are words that come easy when you spend time alone in an area like the Brooks Range. But you also have to manage the practical aspects, like crossing high rivers and high passes.