« How Far, How Fast, How Heavy? Predicting the range of an unsupported long distance trek | Main | Backpacks for Arctic Trekking »

Comments

Jim

The rss feed does not work, and I can't find the file on the web to open it. Can you help? Thanks!

Ryan

Jim: it does work, but requires an RSS reader. You can download these for free, Google "RSS Reader", or, use the built-in one in Mozilla Firefox or similar browsers that support RSS.

Bill

Are polar bears a huge threat? Aren't they more aggresive than grizzlies?

Russ; MT; AK visitor 5x

Starting June 11,Tvl @ nite! They will sleep 20 hours a day,walk 4 hrs at nite if I read this right.

Ginger Golsan

Wishing you a great, successful adventure with much energy and speed. I look forward to hearing about exciting memories but always, a safe return!

Jim

How will they deal with the micro-grizzlies, otherwise known as mosquitos? Even if you stop them from biting, with a Deet force field, they swarm just outside the field, pressing nearer as the field collapses, keening maddeningly, inches from your ears--or at least that was what was like when I was once caught in a hatch the local rangers described as "of biblical proportions".

Roman Dial

..."micro grizzlies"...."maddenlingly inches from the ears" -- that is sheer poetry about something so bad you can onky make light of it -- or run like a mad caribou from snow patch to snowpatch to water.

Bugs are a real problem and can not be exaggerated.

We are leaving very early, we are walking fast, we are walking at "night" (sometimes worse bugs but moe dramatic lighting -- sun will not go down!), and we are walking east, hopefully into Polar Easteries, the predominant wind in the spring.

Steven Shore

Pretty exciting. When there are articles written about your trek, I'll be able to tell everyone (again) that I work with famous celebrities. Can't wait to see the pictures.

jeffrey caldwell

very excited about attending a school where the professors are doing a trek like this!cant wait to meet you guys.

Grandma Anderson

Jason, will any of you be doing any scientific studies or research on the trip? or are you just feeding the misquitos.

Donnie Bodron

Jason,

Best of luck on your trek. Sounds like a blast! Would love to see you and your family again sometime soon.

Donnie Bodron
Pearland, TX

Trent Pool

Jason, Will u wear a libertarian bumpersticker on ur backpack? haha jk

Jack & Joy Geck

Jason,
Your mom and dad will be anxious for the 20 days to pass fast!! We love you very much and please take care of yourself.
Tell Roman we are thinking about him also and both of you need to get back to Anchorage quickly.
mom & dad
Loomis, California

geckogonzo

The exploration undertaken by these men is remarkable in many ways. For those whose journey may not be as adventurous, it serves as a reminder that we each are stewards of the earth.

I have had the privilege of knowing Jason Geck for many years, and look forward to (vicariously) traveling on this expedition with him, Ryan Jordan, and Roman Dial.

Godspeed,

Fran and Family

Grant Carey

Ryan - I was looking you up on the web today to ask you some questions about doing a Ph.D., and saw what you guys are up to in the arctic.

You are amazing and a true inspiration for living life to the fullest!! Best of luck to you and your mates, Eh! Enjoy, Grant.

Ryan Jordan

grant - roman and I both have phd's and jason's on his way. look where it got us - point hope, ak! ergo...

Jason,
i hope you stay safe and put on a lot of mosquito repellant on. I read you had an encounter with a bear Boy, I bet that was scary. God bless you and hope the rest of your trip is safe.

Alicia Gonzalez

linda and gary christensen

Jason,take care of yourself and watch out for those bears. We will see you in CA in August. Love, The Christensen Family

Randi Williams

Hi Jason-
I am following the trek and each day is riveting. Please take care and I can't wait to hear about it in person in Vancouver in July!

Randi

Craig and Linda Williams

Jason,
We are following you from Iowa each day and keeping all three of you in our thoughts and prayers. Stay safe! -Craig & Linda Williams

Pat and Steve Reale

Hey you guys, sounds like lots of fun..setting a goal, one that asks so much of you (endurance to preparation) but gives back way more than you could ever ask for. We live in Kiana (30 miles above the AC) and look out our window to the foothills of a range that may be part of Brooks Range...we have hiked some "mountains" but nothing like what you are doing...however, at 61 I guess my goals are a little bit mellowed. I have to agree with most, that the mosquito is your worst enemy up there, that is unless you come upon a sow with cubs. Eat that garlic. Hope you brought lots of chunks with you...a friend here eats cloves at a time..he jokingly said that he mistakenly took a shower the other day and they attacked him. The best and will be looking forward to the book and/or documentary. Pat

The Myers Family

Jason --

We're following your trek daily on the web site. Sounds exhausting, exhilerating, and scary (all at the same time!)!! Your mom, dad and Joel came over last Saturday night -- it was fun seeing them. Wishing you all God's speed (and praying for your safety). See you soon.

Chase

Dear Dad,

Hope your ankle is feeling better. Mom and I are praying for you. We love you!

Love,
Chase & Mommy

Bruce Freifeld

Hi Roman, Jason, Ryan
I can relate to those tussocks!
I worked out of Ambler Summer '79 doing Native Claims surveys. Right before I left UAF for the summer Garvey sold me a pair of "Smokejumper" boots-those with the big heel.

Needless to say I developed a Neuroma on my right forefoot that took a good five years to finally resolve. It's hard to stay off a forefoot to allow nerve damage to heal!

The only tussocks bigger (if they can be technically called that in the Aleutians) are out in the Aleutian Islands-Specifically Buldir Island-the fall off was waist and/or shoulder deep in places-totally "otherwordly". For us though-we only had to hike a mile two-quite different from your extraordinary challenge!

Keep up the great work guys!
Bruce Freifeld
NYC

Scott Woolums

Hello Roman! Been a long time. Good on ya for the trip! In Oregon now. Still climbing mountains. Stay in touch! Scott

The comments to this entry are closed.

What is Arctic 1000?

    In June 2006, adventurers Roman Dial, Ryan Jordan, and Jason Geck will attempt the first unsupported trekking traverse of America's most remote wilderness - Alaska's western North Slope and Brooks Range - a distance of 1,000 km (600 miles).
About ::  Objectives ::  People
Route ::  Map ::  Gear
Photos ::  Sponsors

EXPEDITION GEAR & SUPPORT BY