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Break Up in the Brooks Range

Middle Fork of Koyukuk April 20, 2010

Break Up has arrived in Coldfoot.  It is a bit early this year, and seems like it might be an easy one.  The ice is out on the Middle Fork of the Koyukuk River, and the snow has left the floor of the  valley for for the time being.

Wild Lake

As the winter snow melts and runs onto the lakes, the lakes temporarily flood like at Wild Lake.  In a few more days the lake ice will brake free from the shore and float.  Then all the water will run off of the ice and we will be able to land on the ice for another week or more depending on ice thickness and temperatures.  This is always a fun time of year as the changes that happen are rapid and we are always wet and muddy.  If you look closely you will notice that Jean (the aircraft) is on Skis.

North Fork of Koyukuk River

This year we did not have a large snow pack in the central Arctic.  Valleys on the North side were largely blown clean, so break up on the North side will probably also happen quickly when it starts.  I have seen a few bear tracks in the hills, and the caribou seem to be heading north at this time. Most noticeably  the sun is just setting at 10:00 P:M.  Summer is definitely close.

Uncle Ev - May 4, 2010 - 10:04 pm

Pimp Daddy! Well done. I get it.

Thank you for all the help and support and patience and great service last week to the Lake. Greatly appreciated. Always. The Hightowers, et al accomplices, are off to a great 2010 in the Brooks thanks to you. See you in June, Captain.

BTW, whose Land Rover parked over from you west of AKDOT? Really clean, traditionally tricked up ride. The boys and I were taken.

First Climbers in the Brooks Range for 2010


Base Camp and Drop on the Okpilak River

Yesterday we hauled in our first climbers in the the Romanzof Mountains of the Brooks Range for this season.  They were a joint North Face/Alaska Wilderness League sponsored climbing/Ski team.  From their drop off on the Okpilak they are headed for Mount Michaelson, Mount Isto, and any other peaks that beckon to them.  So here is hoping  that they find the fresh traks that they are looking for.


Mount Michaelson from the 6,700 ft level of the Esetuk Glacier

tom mcguire - May 22, 2010 - 8:01 am

Hi There, do you guys do caribou hunting tranports/drop off hunts in the brooks range???
Thanks much

Adventure in the arctic

The expansive Brooks Range is a wilderness theater of seemingly infinite recreational activities. Hiking, rafting, climbing, trekking, paddling, photographing and  flight seeing are a few popular ways of experiencing the rugged landscape.

Photos by Patrick J. Endres /

Will Forsberg - May 11, 2010 - 7:10 am

Great photos, Patrick! Wish you had captions to identify the locations…. but then, you’d be giving away your favorite spots! Hoping to revisit the Noatak this summer.
Happy Trails,

Arctic Widlife

Wildlife of the arcitc. Photos by Patrick J. Endres /

J. Hailman - August 15, 2010 - 5:13 am

Absolutely smashing photos! How about identifying the species with captions?

Greg Duryea - February 4, 2020 - 11:18 am

Hi…Ak resident looking into the cost for a DIY drop hunt. I’m considering the north side of the Brooks for caribou and grizzly as well as a float on the Ivashak from either Coldfoot where you’re based or other options you might offer departing from further north. Thanks!