About the Route
Beginning on Alaska's western coast (Chukchi Sea), the Arctic 1000 Expedition will leave Point Hope on June 11, 2006 and begin walking east, towards the "Haul Road" and the village of Wiseman, Alaska, more than 600 miles away.
Section 1: Point Hope to North Slope Ridges
Heavy packs, unpredictable terrain (including snow, tussocks, and swift rivers), and the need for physiological acclimitization will demand a slow, but necessarily purposeful pace.
- Distance: ~ 150 miles
- Time: ~ 7 days
- Type of terrain: peninsula beaches, tundra, river delta, and river valleys
- Average distance traveled per day: ~20-22 miles
- Average elevation gain per day: ~1,200 feet
- Average pack weight per person: ~37 to 50 lbs
Section 2: North Slope Ridges
As packs get lighter, mileage and elevation gain increase dramatically as the party connects some of the longest and most topographically spectacular ridgelines found anywhere in the U.S., interspersed with some of the worst tussocks in the North. This section includes the hardest expected day of the first half of the trek (33 miles, 6400 feet of elevation gain with 30-pound packs), a crossing of the mighty Colville River, and an exact traverse of the remotest spot in America (to be verified by GPS), which lies 120 miles from the three nearest habitations.
- Distance: ~ 220 miles
- Time: ~ 7 days
- Type of terrain: mountain ridges, large river crossings, tundra, tussocks
- Average distance traveled per day: ~29-33 miles
- Average elevation gain per day: ~2,700 feet
- Average pack weight per person: ~22 to 35 lbs
Section 3: Central Brooks Range
With mileage increasing to more than 40 miles per day, this section contains the five hardest days of the trek - all of them consecutive - through the rugged Central Brooks Range. This section includes perhaps the most difficult day of the journey - 47 miles of cross-country mountain travel with 4,700 feet of elevation gain.
- Distance: ~220 miles
- Time: ~ 5 days
- Type of terrain: mountain passes, ridges, creekways
- Average distance traveled per day: ~41-47 miles
- Average elevation gain per day: ~4,900 feet
- Average pack weight per person: ~11 to 20 lbs
Section 4 - Option 1: Hammond River Exit
This day deserves its own section, since it's the only day with sustained downhill travel. It promises to be a welcome reprieve from the previous five days, but with no apologies made for mileage.
- Distance: ~40 miles
- Time: ~1 days
- Type of terrain: down a river valley
- Average distance traveled per day: ~40 miles
- Average elevation gain per day: ~0 feet
- Starting per person pack weight in this section: ~7-9 lbs
Section 4 - Option 2: Tinayguk River Exit
- Option 2 will be considered as another alternative from Anaktuvuk Pass to Wiseman, depending on available remaining body fat and feet condition.
- Pick up packrafts at Anaktuvuk Pass, walk from Anaktuvuk Pass to the Tinayguk, packraft down to the Koyukuk, and trek into Wiseman.
Total: Point Hope to Wiseman
- Distance: ~620 miles
- Total elevation gain: ~51,500 feet
- # Roads Accessed: 0
- # Trails Used: 0
- # Resupplies: 0
- # of meals hunted, foraged, or fished: 0
- Amount of gear, food, and supplies carried on back for entire trek: 100%