Solo across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Brooks Range, Alaska
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Apr 22, 2015 at 6:23 am #1328212Stephanie JordanSpectator
@maiaLocale: Rocky Mountains
Companion forum thread to:Apr 22, 2015 at 7:03 am #2193836Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
Excellent read. Really enjoyed this one. A fantastic dream come true.Apr 22, 2015 at 8:56 am #2193854David NollBPL Member
@dpnollLocale: Maroon Bells
Wow! Incredible journey and very well written.Apr 22, 2015 at 9:19 am #2193860Paul MagnantiBPL Member
@paulmagsLocale: Colorado Plateau
Let me add to the accolades.
No guidebook, apps or trail angel network. :)
Just a beautiful area and an incredible adventure.Apr 22, 2015 at 11:28 am #2193888Richard NisleyBPL Member
@richard295Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Epic adventure combined with GREAT story telling; thank you!Apr 22, 2015 at 12:11 pm #2193895Nico .BPL Member
@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
Excellent read. One of the better articles on BPL in a while. I greatly enjoyed the story and photos.
I also appreciated you describing the mishaps you encountered and the various ways you overcame them. Such an important part on any extended trip is being able to keep your wits about you and find a solution with the tools at hand. Good stuff.Apr 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm #2193913KatttBPL Member
What a great story and accomplishment. Thanks for taking the time to write about your journey and include bits about your family history. Impressive.Apr 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm #2193968toddBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: SE USA
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Thank you so much.
I love peering into you feelings brought on by the challenges of such an endeavor.Apr 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm #2193976Barry CuthbertBPL Member
@nzbazzaLocale: New Zealand
An epic trip and a great read, thanks for sharing it.Apr 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm #2193980Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
It is quality content like this that makes a paid membership to BPL a worthy investment. A great adventure, wonderful pictures, and well written. Thanks for submitting this.Apr 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm #2193982W I S N E R !BPL Member
Serious trip, I enjoyed this. Certainly inspired to step up my game after reading this.Apr 22, 2015 at 10:52 pm #2193992
Thank you very much for the accolades. You are of course much too kind, but I cannot honestly say that I mind :-)
And I am going back to the ANWR this summer…Apr 22, 2015 at 11:36 pm #2193994Roger CaffinBPL Member
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> And I am going back to the ANWR this summer…
Maybe this time you could take 50 m of 50 lb Spectra string, for lowering packs?
CheersApr 23, 2015 at 12:14 am #2194003Inaki Diaz de EturaBPL Member
@inaki-1Locale: Iberia highlands
Stop and think, such a valuable skill. The coffee is just the bonus.
A great read, thanks for sharingApr 23, 2015 at 12:44 am #2194004Steven NelsonBPL Member
@slnsfLocale: Northern California
Wonderful writing and inspiring story. Thank you, Jörgen!Apr 23, 2015 at 4:08 am #2194012
Roger, others have suggested the same thing, so there might be a point :-)
Actually 2 meters would have been enough in the situation I describe. I have about 3,5 meters attached to the Trailstar, which is something that could be used for lowering packs.
In the particular situation where I lost (control of) my pack, however, there was no time. I was sitting on a slanting rock with the friction not being enough to keep me in place and no handholds. So I needed to get the pack off quickly,slide it down and then clamber down myself on a slightly different route.
The situation was not as dangerous as it sounds, but I would probably have scraped myself considerably, had I slid down the 10 feet of rockface where I tried to lower my pack.
The whole situation is described much more in detail (as is the entire trek)on my blog:http://www.fjaderlatt.se/2014/10/brooks-range-vacation-beginning-i.htmlApr 23, 2015 at 4:42 am #2194014James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Fantistic! An understatement. Thank you.Apr 23, 2015 at 4:53 am #2194015Bob MoulderBPL Member
@bobmny10562Locale: Westchester County, NY
I got up early this morning so that I could read it without distractions and uninterrupted.
It was well worth the time — incredibly inspirational! A great adventure well done and well told.Apr 23, 2015 at 9:45 am #2194070Peter BoysenBPL Member
This was an excellent read. The mishaps make for great stories, although I'm guessing none of them were quite so nice at the time. Very well written overall.Apr 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm #2194092ManfredBPL Member
Thank you for your fantastic article. It describes amazingly well the experience in the Brooks Range. Walking through tussocks, hip deep water crossings in ice cold water, gravel bar walking with an endless number of crossings from one side to the other side, scrambling up steep mountain sides without knowing whether it is even steeper on the other side, making decisions and living with the consequences, making mistakes and working through them. You describe it all so well, that I want to go right away back to the Brooks Range. My twin sons and I spent a month last summer out there and your report brings back all those fond memories.
ManfredApr 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm #2194094
My gear list is now in place and since I am going back this summer I would welcome some advice on how to shave weight without losing function.Apr 23, 2015 at 1:35 pm #2194109Buck NelsonBPL Member
I enjoyed your writing and the photos. Congratulations on your adventure!Apr 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm #2194112Lincoln TurnerBPL Member
Lots of memories for me reading this. I walked from Arctic Village to Kaktovik in the summer of '78.Apr 23, 2015 at 2:17 pm #2194117Steve BremnerSpectator
Loved your report. I'm inspired.Apr 23, 2015 at 6:40 pm #2194179Billy RaySpectator
@rosyfinchLocale: the mountains
Great trip! I envy you for having done that trip.
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