Journey from Washington to Kotzebue

Caroline Van Hemert rows near Stikine River Delta, Frederick Sound, southeast Alaska. April, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell rows in Northern Lynn Canal, southeast Alaska. May, 2012. (Nearing the end of the Inside Passage. A major storm system dumped 6 feet of snow on the Coast Mountains. On the water, it was 39 degrees F and sleeting.)
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert skis over a pass in the Coast Range of southeast Alaska. May, 2012. (We are traversing over the mountains from the Pacific Ocean to the Yukon River.)
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert skis on glacial moraine of the Coast Mountains, southeast Alaska. May, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert hikes on a rock glacier in the Coast Range of southeast Alaska. May, 2012. (We are exiting off of one glacier and onto another. The lake shown below funnels into a tunnel beneath the glacier.)
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert bird-watches from her packraft, Tagish Lake, Yukon Territory. May, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert carries her packraft in the Yukon Territory.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert hikes in the Tombstone Mountains, Yukon Territory. June, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell packrafts on the Wind River, Yukon Territory. June, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell battles mosquitoes on the Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories. June, 2012. (Horrendous mosquitoes and a strong headwind plagued us on this 200-mile stretch of flat water paddling.)
Patrick Farrell
Moose in the Arctic Ocean, near Mackenzie River Delta. July, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert hikes on the shore of the Arctic Ocean, Yukon Territory. July, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caribou on the Arctic coastal plain. Ivvavik National Park, Yukon Territory. July, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert paddles among icebergs of the Arctic Ocean, near the Alaska/Canada border, Yukon Territory. July, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell and Caroline Van Hemert set up camp on a barrier island, Arctic coast of Alaska. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. July, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert at camp on Icy Reef. Arctic coast of Alaska. July, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell hikes over Gilbeau Pass in the eastern Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. July, 2012. (Crossing the continental divide that separates the Hulahula River from the headwaters of the Chandalar River.)
Caroline Van Hemert
Caroline Van Hemert hikes over a pass near the Sagavanirktok River, Brooks Range, Alaska. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert hikes in central Brooks Range near Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caribou antlers in central Brooks Range near Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell packrafts in the John River, south of Anaktuvuk Pass, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Alaska. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert hikes in the Arrigetch Valley, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Western Brooks Range, Alaska. August, 2012. (A brief, 12-hour break in the weather, which otherwise consisted of 28 straight days of rain or snow.)
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert hikes up to a snow-covered pass in the Arrigetch Valley, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert packrafts in the upper Noatak River. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert and Patrick Farrell cross the final pass of their Brooks Range traverse, dropping into the Noatak Valley. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Western Arctic caribou herd on their fall migration crossing the Noatak River, Noatak National Preserve, Alaska. September, 2012. (We watched thousands of caribou cross the river, passing until well after dark.)
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert camps at the mouth of the Noatak River on the Chukchi Sea, near Kotzebue, Alaska. September, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert rows near Stikine River Delta, Frederick Sound, southeast Alaska. April, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell rows in Northern Lynn Canal, southeast Alaska. May, 2012. (Nearing the end of the Inside Passage. A major storm system dumped 6 feet of snow on the Coast Mountains. On the water, it was 39 degrees F and sleeting.)
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert skis over a pass in the Coast Range of southeast Alaska. May, 2012. (We are traversing over the mountains from the Pacific Ocean to the Yukon River.)
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert skis on glacial moraine of the Coast Mountains, southeast Alaska. May, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert hikes on a rock glacier in the Coast Range of southeast Alaska. May, 2012. (We are exiting off of one glacier and onto another. The lake shown below funnels into a tunnel beneath the glacier.)
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert bird-watches from her packraft, Tagish Lake, Yukon Territory. May, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert carries her packraft in the Yukon Territory.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert hikes in the Tombstone Mountains, Yukon Territory. June, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell packrafts on the Wind River, Yukon Territory. June, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell battles mosquitoes on the Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories. June, 2012. (Horrendous mosquitoes and a strong headwind plagued us on this 200-mile stretch of flat water paddling.)
Patrick Farrell
Moose in the Arctic Ocean, near Mackenzie River Delta. July, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert hikes on the shore of the Arctic Ocean, Yukon Territory. July, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caribou on the Arctic coastal plain. Ivvavik National Park, Yukon Territory. July, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert paddles among icebergs of the Arctic Ocean, near the Alaska/Canada border, Yukon Territory. July, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell and Caroline Van Hemert set up camp on a barrier island, Arctic coast of Alaska. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. July, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert at camp on Icy Reef. Arctic coast of Alaska. July, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell hikes over Gilbeau Pass in the eastern Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. July, 2012. (Crossing the continental divide that separates the Hulahula River from the headwaters of the Chandalar River.)
Caroline Van Hemert
Caroline Van Hemert hikes over a pass near the Sagavanirktok River, Brooks Range, Alaska. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert hikes in central Brooks Range near Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caribou antlers in central Brooks Range near Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell packrafts in the John River, south of Anaktuvuk Pass, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Alaska. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert hikes in the Arrigetch Valley, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Western Brooks Range, Alaska. August, 2012. (A brief, 12-hour break in the weather, which otherwise consisted of 28 straight days of rain or snow.)
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert hikes up to a snow-covered pass in the Arrigetch Valley, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert packrafts in the upper Noatak River. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert and Patrick Farrell cross the final pass of their Brooks Range traverse, dropping into the Noatak Valley. August, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
Western Arctic caribou herd on their fall migration crossing the Noatak River, Noatak National Preserve, Alaska. September, 2012. (We watched thousands of caribou cross the river, passing until well after dark.)
Patrick Farrell
Caroline Van Hemert camps at the mouth of the Noatak River on the Chukchi Sea, near Kotzebue, Alaska. September, 2012.
Patrick Farrell
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