Caribou Drop Camp Hunt and Driving The Dalton Highway (2008)

Read about the Caribou hunting adventure

On August 2, 2008 I met my twin sons Adam and Dan in Fairbanks, Alaska. I had driven 3200 miles from our home in east-central South Dakota. Dan, whose summer job was a civil engineering internship with the Indian Health Service, drove up from Anchorage. Adam flew in from Grand Forks, North Dakota where he was attending summer school at the University of North Dakota in their commercial aviation program. We purchased supplies and drove up the Dalton Highway (locally known as the "Haul Road") 500 miles to Deadhorse, Alaska. From there we hired an air taxi to fly us out to the base of the Brooks Range where we hunted Caribou for 4 days walking over 33 miles hunting and packing caribou back to our camp. Below is a picture log of that adventure.

Dalton Highway

START! Primary traffic are semis servicing the Prudhoe Bay Oil fields
START!
Primary traffic are semis servicing the Prudhoe Bay Oil fields
   
Scenary from Fairbanks to the Yukon River crossing Scenary from Fairbanks to the Yukon River crossing
Scenary from Fairbanks to the Yukon River crossing
Scenary from Fairbanks to the Yukon River crossing
   
Yukon River Crossing Lunch time, are very limited
Yukon River Crossing
Lunch time, services are very limited along the Haul Road
Crossing the Arctic Circle, 10pm Alaska pipeline
Crossing the Arctic Circle, 10pm
Alaska pipeline
   
Coldfoot, first place you can get fuel and food Restaurant at Coldfoot
Coldfoot, first place you can get fuel and food
Restaurant at Coldfoot
   
Hotel entrance at Coldfoot Hotel at Coldfoot
Hotel entrance at Coldfoot
Hotel at Coldfoot
   
Scenary from Coldfoot to Atigan Pass Scenary from Coldfoot to Atigan Pass
Scenary from Coldfoot to Atigan Pass
Scenary from Coldfoot to Atigan Pass
   
Scenary from Coldfoot to Atigan Pass Climbing to Atigan Pass
Scenary from Coldfoot to Atigan Pass
Climbing to Atigan Pass
   
Atigan Pass, August 3 Atigan Pass, pipelinie is buried just off the road
Atigan Pass, August 3
Atigan Pass, pipelinie is buried just off the road
   
Scenary Atigan Pass to the North Slope Scenary North Slope
Scenary, Atigan Pass to the North Slope
Scenary, North Slope
   
Just outside Deadhorse END!
Just outside Deadhorse
END!
   

Caribou Hunting

  Repacking for Air Taxi Flight out
Repacking for Air Taxi Flight out
   
Alaska Time? Waiting North Slope scenary on the way to our camp
Alaska Time? Waiting
North Slope scenary on the way to our camp
   
Drop off point, River Bar We learned what Tundra is!
Drop off point, River Bar
We learnt what tundra is!
The ridges traveled easier Big Country
The ridges traveled easier
Big Country
   
Jim's Bull, number 1 Adam and Dan's Bull, number 2
Jim's Bull, number 1
Adam and Dan's Bull, number 2
   
Getting ready to load up and start back to camp Packing back to camp, Dan thinks he's an alien
Getting ready to load up and start back to camp
Packing back to camp, Dan thinks he's an alien
   
Adam with a load of Caribou headed back to camp Dan packing a load back to camp
Adam with a load of Caribou headed back to camp
Dan packing a load back to camp
   
Adam and Dan's Caribou, number 3 Camp
Adam and Dan's Caribou, number 3
Camp
   
What a looker? Ice fields on the river close to camp
What a looker?
Ice fields on the river close to camp
   
The river drainage we camped in
Our tent is middle right next to the white strip in the river drainage
   
Morning view from our camp Twelve o'clock at night
Morning view from our camp
Twelve o'clock at night
   
Grizzly burried the first days caribou carcass Late evening scavenger
Grizzly burried the first days caribou carcass
Late evening scavenger
   
Moving to Air Taxi pickup point Last load to new Air Taxi pickup point
Moving to new Air Taxi pickup point
Last load to new Air Taxi pickup point
   
Flying out downstream from our camp
Flying out, downstream from our camp