I enjoyed everything about this article, especially since I've been fascinated by Brooks Range since I was 16 and first heard about it. Loved her meticulous planning and prep and overall mindset.
Sounds like she has been using a GoLite Quest for some time. Props to Patagonia and Henry Shires' Tarptent for being sponsors!
Particularly interesting was the technology aspects.
"Thanks to modern technology, Gates was able to stay in contact with her parents back in New Hampshire using a SPOT device and a satellite phone. She texted a message to her parents each night to let them know where she was and how she was doing, as well as phoning them once a week. Her father also regularly texted her weather reports so she knew what to expect weather-wise.
“I felt a little ridiculous tweeting in the middle of the Brooks Range,” Gates confided.
She also carried an iPod to keep her entertained and memorized Robert Service's poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee” to pass the time. Gates used a solar charger to recharge both the phone and her iPod, she said.