Solo across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Brooks Range, Alaska

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    Stephanie Jordan


    Locale: Rocky Mountains
    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Right there

    Excellent read. Really enjoyed this one. A fantastic dream come true.

    David Noll
    BPL Member


    Locale: Maroon Bells

    Wow! Incredible journey and very well written.

    Paul Magnanti
    BPL Member


    Locale: Colorado Plateau

    Let me add to the accolades.

    No guidebook, apps or trail angel network. :)

    Just a beautiful area and an incredible adventure.

    Richard Nisley
    BPL Member


    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Epic adventure combined with GREAT story telling; thank you!

    Nico .
    BPL Member


    Locale: 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.

    BPL 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.

    BPL Member


    Locale: 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.

    Barry Cuthbert
    BPL Member


    Locale: New Zealand

    An epic trip and a great read, thanks for sharing it.

    Nick Gatel
    BPL Member


    Locale: 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.

    W I S N E R !


    Serious trip, I enjoyed this. Certainly inspired to step up my game after reading this.

    Jörgen Johansson
    BPL Member



    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…

    Roger Caffin
    BPL Member


    Locale: 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?
    (I do.)


    Inaki Diaz de Etura
    BPL Member


    Locale: Iberia highlands

    Stop and think, such a valuable skill. The coffee is just the bonus.
    A great read, thanks for sharing

    Steven Nelson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Northern California

    Wonderful writing and inspiring story. Thank you, Jörgen!

    Jörgen Johansson
    BPL Member



    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:

    James Marco
    BPL Member


    Locale: Finger Lakes

    Fantistic! An understatement. Thank you.

    Bob Moulder
    BPL Member


    Locale: 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.

    Peter Boysen
    BPL 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.

    BPL 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.

    Best Regards,


    Jörgen Johansson
    BPL Member



    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.

    Buck Nelson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Alaska

    I enjoyed your writing and the photos. Congratulations on your adventure!

    Lincoln Turner
    BPL Member


    Lots of memories for me reading this. I walked from Arctic Village to Kaktovik in the summer of '78.

    Steve Bremner


    Loved your report. I'm inspired.

    Billy Ray


    Locale: the mountains

    Great trip! I envy you for having done that trip.


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