Brooks Range Extreme Bushcrafting

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  1. Mark Knapp

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    I'm starting another extreme bushcrafting trek in the Brooks Range starting Saturday July 14. My last one was cut short due to threatening winter storms and the late spring in the arctic.

    Like the last time, you can follow along, if you like, at my blog web site

    https://www.markknappalaskaadventures.com/

    I will be trying to simulate a real survival situation, living off the land, no tent, no sleeping bag, no cook gear. I'll have a complete gear list posted on my site. I'm doing this for many reasons. Of primary importance is to get/stay in better physical shape, test my gear, expand my knowledge, hone my skills and teach a little of what I know.

    Also, I hope to help expand the known ranges of some of our fish species in Alaska. It's not known what fish inhabit most of the lakes in the arctic. It's my wish to help the Alaska Department fisheries fill in some of the gaps (I've done a little of that in the past). I may also be able to identify some archeological sites.

    On my last trip I used a hardware store tarp and space blankets for my shelter. On this trip I'll be using BCUSA 10 x 10 tarp exclusively. It was graciously sent to me by our friend Jason for testing and evaluation on my trips. On my previous trip I had problems with the grommets pulling out of the hardware store tarp. It's easy to see that the BCUSA tarp is not going to have the same problem.

    On this trip I'll be walking the Sagavanirktok (Sag) river from it's head to the pipeline haul road, a distance of 100 to 120 miles. It will take two to three weeks. The Sag was to be the final leg of my earlier trek.

    Follow along if you like. I'll be making daily journal reports via IN-Reach along the way and have plenty of video to share when I get back.

    Wish me luck, thanks Mark


     
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  2. MrFixIt

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    Good luck sir, I wish I could do the same.
     
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    Good luck and have fun.
     
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    Best of luck to You! Have Fun, and Stay Safe!
     
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    Hopefully you have better luck this time. Looking forward to the trip report.
     
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    Good luck and be safe!
     
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    Sounds like a great learning experience. Stay safe and have fun!
     
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    lovin it... I assume you will have your 1911 knife with you
     
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  13. Mark Knapp

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    Yes, the Bowie and the Ulu. Thanks.
     
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    Good luck, we are all ready to vicariously take the journey with you via your blog!
     
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    Thanks everybody, I appreciate it. On this trip I have several things going for me that that I didn't on the last attempt. It's spring up there so there are the edible plants. I will be heading down river from the second day on so if there aren't any fish in the upper river I just head down till I find them. I know this area better than the Kongakut, I've spent quite a bit of time on the Sag before both floating and guiding. But most of all, I don't have any major rivers to cross so even if it rains and snows a lot, I won't have to worry about the crossings.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Fare well.
     
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    Good luck and safe travel!
     
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    :dblthumb: :35: Good luck. Prov 27:17
     
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    My friend spent this last winter up there as a guide. Be safe!

    I hope to see some pictures! All I saw in his photos was a lot of white!
     
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    Wow!!!!!
    By the way, I had a look at your custom knives... they’re awesome! I especially like your Skinner and Drop Point Hunter! You must be very skilled.
     
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    I can't wait to see all those photos. Best of luck Sir!
     
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    Luck and safety go with you!
     
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    @Mark Knapp ,

    Good for you Mark! I will pretend that I am and could be following you. Should be a grand trip. Be safe! Have FUN! :)
     
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    Thank you very much, I appreciate it.
     
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    Thanks bud.
     
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    Thanks everybody. There is some video on my web site of my last trip, (The very short one), in case you would like to get a glimpse of how it might be on this trip.
     
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    Best of luck, I'll be peeking in!
     
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    I'll be following along again and hope that things go more smoothly. Good luck!
     
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    Wow. Good luck.

    Personally I cannot function without an water bottle and some type of pot. I'm constantly wanting water to drink and I'd be up the creek without an bottle of sorts.

    Hope you find some kind of past human presence. Maybe an ancient tomb or temple, that would be awesome. And yeah, I'm an Indiana jones geek

    Good luck
     
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    Sounds fun! Take care!
     
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    I am sad to report that my second attempt at a solo, living-off-the-land trek in the Brooks Range this year was also thwarted by severe weather.

    After getting my take out vehicle staged at the right spot, while we were headed to my drop off point, 70 road miles higher in the mountains, the fog rolled in and filled the valley right down to the deck. It's not possible to navigate in the mountains with such bad visibility so we returned to our base camp to wait it out. Soon after the fog came in it started to rain, then changed to snow. A day and a half later the snow stopped and the fog rose.

    When we returned to my drop off location at the 3000 foot elevation the mountains were blanketed with three inches of new snow and ice from freezing rain. My trek involved crossing the mountains through a pass at 6000 feet. Given what we had at 3000 feet I could only imagine what was waiting for me at six thousand. With possibly up to a foot of new snow and ice covering shale slides and boulder fields it would have been foolish to attempt it.

    My support crew had obligations to attend to in Fairbanks like jobs and family to pick up at the airport so we didn't have time to wait for the snow to melt. Once again I had to call it off.

    I was able to get some really good video of grizzly bears, musk ox, caribou and a red fox hunting mice as well as me catching my biggest lake trout ever on a fly. You can check these videos out as well as others of the weather conditions in the mountains on my blog if you like.

    My time and budget have been stretched to their limits for this summer, so I'll have to wait to try again. Maybe one of these times I will catch a break.

    Thanks for all the support, Mark
     
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    Sorry to hear that. Sounds like the right decision to abort given the weather scenario.
     
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    Here's a lake trout I caught on this trip

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    Never seen the likes of a lake trout like that. Sorry things didn't pan out this year, but it sounds like a wise decision.

    Cheers
     
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    Wise move to abort. It’s not going anywhere.
    That fish had to be fun on a fly rod!!
    Stay well!!
     
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    Nice laker! Too bad you didn't catch it while on your walk...that could have lasted a you a few days once smoked!
     
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    Use the toggle trick instead of tying to the tarp, itll make a huge difference
     
  40. Mark Knapp

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    I didn't know quite how good my decision was until I got reports, and saw pictures of up to 18 inches more snow since I left.
     
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    Yeah, it was caught in a catch and release lake on the road system the day before I was to leave for the trek. Yes, it would have been so sa-weet on the trail.
     
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    Thanks everybody
     
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    We are looking at an early and hard winter. I can feel it ,I feel compelled to stack wood and stack meat this year more than ever ,I fear a real Solar Minimum is upon us.
     
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    Sorry to hear the news, but always follow your gut instinct. Better safe than sorry has probably saved me more than a few times. When I ignored it, I paid dearly. Nope sounds like you did the right thing, but ya still got some cool time in a part of the world I probably will never see in person. Take care..
     
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