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Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse
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Maia Jordan
(maia) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse on 10/29/2013 22:34:30 MDT Print View

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Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse on 10/29/2013 23:05:13 MDT Print View

You are Amazing!

This is the essence of living.

Thank You.

Edited by greg23 on 10/29/2013 23:06:54 MDT.

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse on 10/29/2013 23:22:48 MDT Print View

Bravo Kristin! I heard about your trip here on BPL from Peter Vacco and followed along on your blog. I was hoping you'd write it up at some point so I could live vicariously through your adventure. The courage to go out there - WAY out there - by yourself, for so long, is worthy of recognition. This one belongs in the same rarefied air as Skurka's Alaska-Yukon Expedition or Dave Turner spending 34 days alone on Cerro Escudo. My hat is off to you.

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
Re: Brooks Range on 10/30/2013 01:53:05 MDT Print View


Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Brooks Range thru on 10/30/2013 04:51:44 MDT Print View

Congrats. Just all sorts of awesome pictures.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse on 10/30/2013 09:05:55 MDT Print View

Well Done!!

just Justin Whitson
Re: Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse on 10/30/2013 09:37:57 MDT Print View

Wow, simply wow. Thank you so much for sharing.

(and, i feel i've just fallen in love in many ways)

BER ---
(BER) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Brooks Range on 10/30/2013 09:48:38 MDT Print View

Wow. Bravo!
Envious and in awe...

Richard Cullip
(RichardCullip) - M

Locale: San Diego County
Re: Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse on 10/30/2013 09:49:08 MDT Print View

Wow! What a great hike and well told tale.

Chad Lorenz
(ChadL) - MLife

Locale: Teton Valley, Wydaho
Congrats! on 10/30/2013 10:00:36 MDT Print View

What an excellent adventure! A great reminder that "the dream" needs to be big enough to fill the landscape, and that those places still exist.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Congrats! on 10/30/2013 10:09:41 MDT Print View

One of the best articles I've read here at BPL. Well done!

Jim H
(jraiderguy) - M

Locale: Puget Sound
Thank you on 10/30/2013 10:17:56 MDT Print View

for a beautiful story and for sharing your adventure with us.

Edited by jraiderguy on 10/30/2013 10:19:04 MDT.

Joshua Welbaum

Locale: Northwest
Re: Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse on 10/30/2013 10:22:29 MDT Print View

Wow. Thank you.

Phillip Asby

Locale: North Carolina
speechless on 10/30/2013 13:09:59 MDT Print View

well that was an extraordinary read. Just an amazing journey - thank you for sharing it with us! It is a trip I cannot even imagine tackling.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Good stuff on 10/30/2013 14:21:50 MDT Print View

As I plot my escape from my beige box, this was inspiring to read. :)

Manfred Kopisch
(Orienteering) - F
Thanks for the great trip report on 10/30/2013 16:55:11 MDT Print View


It was very inspriring and encouraging to read your trip report. The Brooks Range is one of the next hikes I'm targeting. I won't be able to take off more than three weeks (may be max four), so a complete traverse is most likely not in my near future. Watching Buck Nelson's (he is also a BPL member) video about his solo 1000 mile traverse of the Brooks Range and reading your trip report makes me want to grab my backpack with my Alpacka and go.

Congratulations on a great adventure!


Mark Helmus
( - MLife
Engrossing on 10/30/2013 17:01:05 MDT Print View

You are courageous and resourceful. How about a book?

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse on 10/30/2013 17:47:52 MDT Print View

A brilliant trip. For those who can't access the article you can read her detailed blog entries here,

Thanks again to Peter Vacco for telling us about her journey earlier.

Edited by kthompson on 10/30/2013 18:00:47 MDT.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse on 10/30/2013 17:57:37 MDT Print View

One of the best ever shared on BPL!

Reginald Donaldson
(worth) - MLife

Locale: Wind River Range
Thank you. on 10/30/2013 21:28:46 MDT Print View

I too was in Kotzebue this summer. A group of us paddled the Kokolik River with high hopes of seeing lots of caribou and muskox. Hiking across the tussocks well pass midnight planted the seed of hiking the Brooks Range some day. You are an inspiration and I need to seriously give thought to this seed.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: Thank you. on 10/31/2013 00:05:11 MDT Print View

This was excellent. Congratulations on your planning and hard work culminating in success. Thank you, too, for your write-up. A story well worth sharing, and you told it well.

Sean Heenan

Locale: Southeast mountains
Inspiring on 10/31/2013 06:13:20 MDT Print View

Great trip, I'm getting off the sofa and going to the mountains for a hike.

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
Holy Cr@p on 10/31/2013 09:24:25 MDT Print View

My jaw is still dropped. What a journey! You're an amazing woman.

Edited by HairlessApe on 11/04/2013 09:50:22 MST.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Gates, of the Arctic on 10/31/2013 09:27:59 MDT Print View

Thanks for a most excellent trip report. You are one amazing young lady.

(tagiam) - MLife

Locale: PHX
Thanks for sharing. on 10/31/2013 10:52:44 MDT Print View

Simply awesome. And, a well written story.

Alex H
(abhitt) - MLife

Locale: southern appalachians or desert SW
Awesome is not too big a word to use! on 10/31/2013 15:48:30 MDT Print View

Maybe the best trip report I have ever read on BPL, thanks!


Locale: Western Michigan
The last step of one journey is the first step of the next. on 10/31/2013 16:45:04 MDT Print View

You are one tough and adventurous young lady that any grandpa would be proud of!

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
It's about learning to dance in the rain."

Slow Walker

Jeff Gerke

Locale: Utah
Great Article on 10/31/2013 21:24:54 MDT Print View

Very impressive! That is one of the best articles I have ever read on this site.

Kristin Tennessen
(ktenness) - MLife

Locale: Sierra Nevadas
Wow on 10/31/2013 22:37:30 MDT Print View

Kristin, you are amazing. Thanks for sharing your story. This is one of the best articles I've read, ever. I am so proud of you. Thanks for the inspiration.

Francis Tapon
(ftapon) - MLife

Locale: Earth
Going all in on 11/01/2013 07:02:36 MDT Print View

Alaska is the only US state that I've never been to. When I go, I want to follow Kristin's footsteps. No quick drive through Denali NP. No, go all in.

I love the mosquito pic. I've sent it to all my African friends who claim that there's "a lot" of mosquitoes where they live! Ha!


Evan McCarthy
(evanrussia) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Incredible. on 11/01/2013 07:28:19 MDT Print View

This is inspiring me to get out and backpack again!

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse on 11/01/2013 08:12:20 MDT Print View

Virtual high-five KB Gates! Ok, ok, I admit it: You're not a greenhorn. Hope the dogs are treating you well!

Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
Fantastic write up. Thank you! on 11/01/2013 12:24:53 MDT Print View

I'm a fellow Alaskan and have seen a good portion of our State including some of the area you were in but never by hiking it and I loved your write up. Well done, and kudos to you for having the courage and perseverance to do a hike like that. You are amazing.

Shawn Bearden
(ShawnB) - F - MLife

Locale: SE Idaho
Fantastic! on 11/01/2013 14:10:07 MDT Print View

Thank you so much for sharing your adventure. Awesome and inspiring. Congratulations!

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse on 11/01/2013 14:14:55 MDT Print View

What an epic journey. Definitely one of the best trip report articles I've read on BPL. Way to go!

Sparky Millikin
(smillikin) - MLife

Locale: Vermont
Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse on 11/01/2013 18:32:55 MDT Print View

Truly inspirational, Kristin. One of the best I've read on BPL. Thanks so much for sharing.

Joshua Billings
(Joshua) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz,Ca
wow on 11/02/2013 16:38:44 MDT Print View

Thank you for sharing your epic journey. You must feel amazing!

Brad Branan

Locale: Sacramento Valley
Well done! on 11/03/2013 01:45:20 MDT Print View

Wow. Bravo!

Jeremy Rardin
(JearBear) - F

Locale: Cumberland Trail
Beautiful on 11/03/2013 11:26:07 MST Print View

What a beautiful journey!

Dana Sherry
(dsherry) - M

Locale: Southwest
thank you. on 11/04/2013 20:52:56 MST Print View

Agree with the other comments. Quite inspirational, enjoyable and such an admirable accomplishment. Well written and fun to read. Wish you the best.

Sean Craig
( - MLife

Locale: Western NY
Great Job! on 11/05/2013 11:18:37 MST Print View

Wonderful story, an accomplishment that inspires! Thanks for sharing your story!!!

Michael R
(MichaelR42) - MLife

Locale: Betwixt the Ozarks and Ouachitas
What a great story on 11/07/2013 09:14:38 MST Print View

What a great story. My accomplishments are pretty insignificant in comparison.

Richard Ostheimer
(rickostheimerbpl) - MLife
Fantastic Adventure and Excellent Write-up on 11/08/2013 18:05:58 MST Print View

Congratulations on your epic trek! Although I heard you describe this trip at the ALDHA-W Gathering this fall, I thoroughly enjoyed the write up. It's been 13 years since I joined a group from the Sierra Club for a trek in the Brooks Range from "the road" to Anaktuvak Pass. This was in early August, 2000. I was amazed that there was only one day of the two week trip when we were bothered by mosquitoes. I was also impressed with how quickly the weather can change. After we'd set up our dining shelter with the rear toward the wind, the wind shifted 90 degrees from West to North and a two day blizzard ensued during which we holed up in our tents. There was one book among the 8 of us and I remember tearing apart sections and passing them around. When we finally headed out again, there was 18 inches of wet snow in the pass we'd been headed to. We took turns breaking trail. I fell totally in love with the Arctic. Your write up inspires me to make another trek up there, though I'll need to hike with a group for safety since I'm a senior citizen.


Locale: Greater Gila
re: Lost in the Arctic on 11/11/2013 22:16:51 MST Print View

Incredible Lost. Can't wait to see where you take your Packraft next year.

Francis Tapon
(ftapon) - MLife

Locale: Earth
Jaw dropping on 08/03/2014 10:34:49 MDT Print View


Your accomplishment is remarkable and amazing! Bravo!

It doesn't seem you read these comments, but it would be great to know why you chose the Yukon Border as the starting point and not the Arctic Ocean?

I suppose to avoid dealing with Canadian authorities + shortening the trip a bit, but perhaps there's another reason.

Regardless, doing the Brooks Range has been a lifelong dream for me, so I'm utterly inspired and impressed by your solo adventure. Keep it up!