Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse

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    Alex H
    BPL Member


    Locale: southern appalachians or desert SW

    Maybe the best trip report I have ever read on BPL, thanks!

    Ken Larson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Western Michigan

    You are one tough and adventurous young lady that any grandpa would be proud of!

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain."

    Slow Walker

    Jeff Gerke


    Locale: Utah

    Very impressive! That is one of the best articles I have ever read on this site.

    Kristin Tennessen
    BPL Member


    Locale: Bay Area

    Kristin, you are amazing. Thanks for sharing your story. This is one of the best articles I've read, ever. I am so proud of you. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Francis Tapon
    BPL Member


    Locale: Earth

    Alaska is the only US state that I've never been to. When I go, I want to follow Kristin's footsteps. No quick drive through Denali NP. No, go all in.

    I love the mosquito pic. I've sent it to all my African friends who claim that there's "a lot" of mosquitoes where they live! Ha!


    Evan McCarthy
    BPL Member


    Locale: Mid-Atlantic

    This is inspiring me to get out and backpack again!

    Jack H.


    Locale: Sacramento, CA

    Virtual high-five KB Gates! Ok, ok, I admit it: You're not a greenhorn. Hope the dogs are treating you well!

    Dena Kelley
    BPL Member


    Locale: Eagle River, Alaska

    I'm a fellow Alaskan and have seen a good portion of our State including some of the area you were in but never by hiking it and I loved your write up. Well done, and kudos to you for having the courage and perseverance to do a hike like that. You are amazing.

    Shawn Bearden
    BPL Member


    Locale: SE Idaho

    Thank you so much for sharing your adventure. Awesome and inspiring. Congratulations!

    Sam Haraldson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Gallatin Range

    What an epic journey. Definitely one of the best trip report articles I've read on BPL. Way to go!

    Sparky Millikin
    BPL Member


    Locale: Vermont

    Truly inspirational, Kristin. One of the best I've read on BPL. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Joshua Billings
    BPL Member


    Locale: Santa Cruz,Ca

    Thank you for sharing your epic journey. You must feel amazing!


    Wow. Bravo!

    Jeremy Rardin


    Locale: Cumberland Trail

    What a beautiful journey!

    Dana Sherry
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southwest

    Agree with the other comments. Quite inspirational, enjoyable and such an admirable accomplishment. Well written and fun to read. Wish you the best.

    Sean Craig
    BPL Member


    Locale: Western NY

    Wonderful story, an accomplishment that inspires! Thanks for sharing your story!!!

    Michael Reed
    BPL Member


    Locale: Betwixt the Ozarks and Ouachitas

    What a great story. My accomplishments are pretty insignificant in comparison.

    Richard Ostheimer
    BPL Member


    Congratulations on your epic trek! Although I heard you describe this trip at the ALDHA-W Gathering this fall, I thoroughly enjoyed the write up. It's been 13 years since I joined a group from the Sierra Club for a trek in the Brooks Range from "the road" to Anaktuvak Pass. This was in early August, 2000. I was amazed that there was only one day of the two week trip when we were bothered by mosquitoes. I was also impressed with how quickly the weather can change. After we'd set up our dining shelter with the rear toward the wind, the wind shifted 90 degrees from West to North and a two day blizzard ensued during which we holed up in our tents. There was one book among the 8 of us and I remember tearing apart sections and passing them around. When we finally headed out again, there was 18 inches of wet snow in the pass we'd been headed to. We took turns breaking trail. I fell totally in love with the Arctic. Your write up inspires me to make another trek up there, though I'll need to hike with a group for safety since I'm a senior citizen.



    Locale: Greater Gila

    Incredible Lost. Can't wait to see where you take your Packraft next year.

    Francis Tapon
    BPL Member


    Locale: Earth


    Your accomplishment is remarkable and amazing! Bravo!

    It doesn't seem you read these comments, but it would be great to know why you chose the Yukon Border as the starting point and not the Arctic Ocean?

    I suppose to avoid dealing with Canadian authorities + shortening the trip a bit, but perhaps there's another reason.

    Regardless, doing the Brooks Range has been a lifelong dream for me, so I'm utterly inspired and impressed by your solo adventure. Keep it up!


    Chad Lorenz
    BPL Member


    Locale: Teton Valley, Wydaho

    Re-read and re-appreciated, thank you. RJ and BPL, I wonder what adventures author has been up to since?

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