I am an Adventurer and just completed the Brooks Traverse, crossing northern Alaska from Canada to the Western Coast. During the 1200 mile trip I came across just two isolated villages, crossed only one road and met 21 grizzly bears. AMA!
I am a 24-year-old adventurer, mountaineer and cyclist from Switzerland. This summer I successfully completed the Brooks Traverse in Alaska in a team of two. We started on June 7th at the Canadian Border and briefly stepped into Ivvavik National Park (the least visited NP in Canada) and then traversed the whole Brooks Range until we reached Kotzebue at the West Coast on August 6th. We covered the first part in a 800 mile hike until we reached the headwaters of Noatak River from where we floated down the river for another 400 miles to reach Kotzebue.
It was our goal to keep support logistics simple: We had one food cache deposited for us in the eastern part of the mountain range by plane and another one at the Dalton Highway (the only road that crosses the range). In the village on Anaktuvuk Pass we had more food mailed in and finally we had a floating plane which brought our boat and more food to the head waters of Noatak River. In total we consumed around 240lbs of food with a calory-density of around 2200cal/lb.
This summer was special in the Brooks Range: In the east, June was unusually cold and snowy. There is little measurements to back this up but Kirk Sweetstir, a bush pilot legend in the area said, that he has never seen a June that bad in the 30 years he's been out there. This also caused the only other team attempting the full traverse this summer to abort their plans. Thanks to our extensive mountaineering experience, we were able to battle our way through hip deep snow and later through dangerously deep rivers. July was much better and in the end we even had really hot days on the Noatak River with temperatures up to 75 degrees (24 Celsius).
Our website: http://northwards.ch/?lan=en [please note: Not all content is translated to english, please use Google Translate if you are interested. Sorry for the inconvinience]
Pictures on our website: http://northwards.ch/traverse/pictures?lan=en
A short video: https://youtu.be/ATSODRpOkJs
Proof: https://imgur.com/a/2l5oihu [Please let me know if that is not good enough]
Edit: This seems to take off more than I thought. Expected a couple questions and now they are coming in fast. Please use Ctrl+F to find the usual questions like "How much did it cost?", so I don't have to answer that 100 times. Other than that. Keep it coming. I might not be able to keep up right now but I'll try to answer all questions in the coming days.
Ok, I'll go to bed now. If there is something you really wanna know: Keep asking, I'll come back from time to time and answer some more.