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These distances would be ambitious on developed trails, which I assume would not exist in such remote terrain.

Did you factor in the extra difficulty of bushwacking vs. hiking on trails?

roman dial

Hopefully, there'll be very little brush per se, as that can be really slow. The route by and large is pretty straightforward so there need be very little stopping and parsing out the terrain for the next move.

Jason and I (and others) have made this sort of mileage before, just not for weeks in a row. My personal record was 200 miles in under 6 days, starting with a 35 pound pack. Of that 150 miles was off-trail -- we did the 50 miles of trail the first day.

Yes, it is very ambitious, the most ambitious walk I have personally attempted in three decades of walking Alaskan wilderness; however, we have picked the best terrain in the wildest place, and hope it goes well.

We'll need luck, persistence, good gear, and all the positive thoughts we can muster from ourselves, our family, our friends -- and you, if you're willing!


It's hard for me to know what to make of this adventure because on the surface it look very much like something I'm familiar with -- hiking and camping out -- and yet it's so far outside the universe of anything I would ever attempt. You're in the daredevil realm of flying jet fighters or tightrope walking over the Grand Canyon. Thing is, successful fighter pilots and highwire performers know what they're doing, which greatly decreases the risk.

You guys'll be fine; it's not like you're rookies at this stuff.


Good Luck out there!! This is very exciting!! How did you guys determine this route? Were there alternative routes that would essentially place you in the same final destination? Was this something that was a dream of all of yours? What was the "moment" that took place when all of you decided that you were going to do this? I traveled to Ambler, AK about five years ago and stayed for a bit and I'm thrilled that true spirit of remote exploration lives on in all of you!

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    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).
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