Rain at Last; Flooding on the Koyukuk

Our usually sweet little Middle Fork of the Koyukuk River is raging and bursting her banks.  She hit flood stage on the afternoon of July 6 after two days of incredibly hard rains.  Up until a few days ago, it had been very dry and water levels in most  rivers were low. There continues to…

Sadlerochit Mountains to the Arctic Ocean

Our crew: 5 kids, two moms and a dog.  Our expedition; 7 days to backpack north on the Katakturuk River from the  south side of the  Sadlerochit Mountains to the Arctic Ocean.   We had stunningly sunny weather with lots of wind and lots of Caribou. The coast was the perfect place for the kids to…

Break Up in the Brooks Range

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. As the winter snow melts and…

First Climbers in the Brooks Range for 2010

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…