Last updated: August 11, 2018
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide(s) in Fairbanks for a pre-trip meeting at 2 pm at Arctic Wild headquarters.
Leaving Fairbanks we fly 200 miles, over the Yukon River, to the small town of Coldfoot. We then catch a smaller plane for a spectacular flight to the North Fork of the Koyukuk River. We set-up camp and enjoy our first night in the wilderness.
We have a full day to settle into our wilderness home. The hiking is good here in the headwaters and we will explore on foot from camp, getting to know the place and the routines of life in the Brooks Range before we start the canoe trip.
August 1 - 5
After assembling canoes and talking about river safety, we set off onto the North Fork—a small, clear river. We spend the next week enjoying this little river. The river is alternately fast and rocky and calm and sandy. The river calms for our last few days of paddling before joining the Middle Fork of the Koyukuk.
A final morning to enjoy the solitude and camp routines before we paddle the remain miles to Bettles. Hot showers are in order!