Last updated: January 31, 2017
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide in Kotzebue for a pre-trip meeting where we’ll look over the maps and double-check our gear. At the meeting, we’ll schedule a rendezvous time for the next morning’s flight.
Weather permitting we’ll fly from Kotzebue in the morning, across the Noatak River, DeLong Mountains and then down the Utukok River to Kasegeluk Lagoon. We plan to land on the beach and camp on the tundra.
Augut 14 - 15
Two full days to hike, bird, beach comb, and contemplate the rich and fragile Arctic from our weather worthy base camp on the coast.
If you are just joining the trip for the Mountain Base Camp portion, meet with your guide in Kotzebue for an evening meeting.
Fly into the Delong Mountains from either Kotzebue or Kasegaluk and pitch camp. We will spend some time scouting from the air to see if we can find an area with good numbers of caribou moving through the mountain passes.
August 17 - 19
We have 3 full days to enjoy the mountains. Each day we can hike in a new direction, seeking fresh vistas, signs of ancient hunters and glimpses of the region’s wildlife. Each evening we return to camp and enjoy the camaraderie and comforts of camp.
Weather permitting, our pilots arrive mid-day and we fly over the yellow and red tundra back south to Kotzebue.