Alaska - Brooks Range ANWR 2016 - Mountainshots

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children"

June 11-25, 2016.  15 Days in the ANWR and Brooks Range of Alaska. Ken, Joan and Monique traveled from the Coast of the Arctic Ocean into the Brooks Range, then traversing from the Aichilik River to the Jago River. This was an amazing trip, and we are already scheming our next visit to the Brooks Range

The fist 5 or 6 days were within the "1002 Area", which is now open to oil exploration thanks to a sneaky president tucking this into a tax bill.  As you can see from these photos and our experience, this is a truly unique and wild place, for now.  If you want to see it in its current form, you might want to hurry.

After months of consideration and debate over the merits of the various regions of the Brook Range, and our team members fluctuating, we settled on this itinerary. Being on foot the entire trip would likely give us an advantage for seeing as much varied wildlife as possible (compared to rafting). Also the logistics and expense of rafting were not so appealing at this time.

When you finally land by bush plane to this remote area of Alaska, you feel like a visitor to the wilderness in a way we have never felt. There are no escape routes on this trip. Roads and towns are many many miles away, over difficult terrain. No cellular service, no trails, no huts. This all adds to the purity of this wilderness experience.

The photos in this album are arranged by theme, with some photos in more than one category.

Photo notes: Monique shot a Panasonic GM1 Micro 4/3 with an Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8. Almost all flower and macros are with this setup, by Monique. Ken shot an Olympus OMD EM1 Micro 4/3 with a Panasonic/Leica 100-400mm lens. This is a full-frame equivalent of 200-800mm. If you want to shoot wildlife up here, you need something this long, especially if you are on the move and do not have time to stake out the wildlife. Other photos are taken with the Olympus 7-14mm wide angle lens. Tripods were not needed except for group photos. It never got dark. I took an ND filter and Polarizer but never used them.