Last updated: September 20, 2018
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide in Fairbanks for a pre-trip meeting at 4 pm.
Catch the morning “mail plane” to Bettles, AK, population 12! After visiting the National Park headquarters we climb into a float plane and fly the final miles into the Brooks Range. After landing on a small lake and unloading, the plane disappears and we are alone in the wilderness. We should be able to hike up valley to the base of Peregrine Pass this afternoon.
August 21 - 28
Hiking north and west we cross the continental divide and then wind our way into the crags and glacier covered peaks of the Endicott Range. There will be some long challenging days and some more leisurely days. If we make good progress a layover day near Marshmallow or Cockedhat Peak would be perfect for a memorable dayhike.
From our camp on Alapah Creek we walk down to Shainin Lake and await the float-plane which brings us fresh supplies.
August 30 - September 2
We hike through the hills above the lake, and then up a long straight creek. At the top of the creek we cross a final pass and steep descent onto the Anaktuvuk River.
Hike the final miles into the village of Anaktuvuk Pass. We hope to arrive in time to visit the wonderful little museum and to walk around town for a bit before catching the afternoon flight back to Fairbanks.