Last updated: May 24, 2016
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide for a 4 pm pre-trip meeting at the Arctic Wild World Headquarters in Fairbanks
Its is a busy day. We start with a one hour flight to Bettles where we meet our pilot and visit the Gates of the Arctic Visitors Center. Then we pack our gear into the plane and head for Gates of the Arctic, landing on the Alatna River and flying near the Arrigetch Peaks. After a short hike we load back into the plane and fly to Kobuk Sand Dunes in Kobuk Valley National Park where we set-up camp and explore the otherworldly landscape.
We will have time in the morning to take a walk and pack-up our camp before we hear the plane coming to get us. Then its off to Noatak Preserve for another quick stop. Then to the coast in search of musk-oxen in Krusenstern. We will plan to refuel and visit the Western Arctic Parklands Visitors Center in Kotzebue before a final flight for the day south along the coast to Bering Land Bridge’s Serpentine Hot-Springs.
There likely wasn’t much time on the 27th to hike in the granite tors near the hot-springs so we will spend the morning exploring the area and thinking about the first hunters to walk into North America over this very ground. Then (weather permitting) we will hear Jared returning for us and will fly back to Kotzebue arriving late in the day.