ARCTIC CARIBOU MIGRATION PACKRAFT


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Premier river in the Arctic for trying to catch the caribou migration.  Visit it before it opens to drilling.
  • Most pristine and remote land left in the US
  • Arctic wildlife; grizzlies, wolves, caribou, and nesting birds.
  • Sit in ancient archeological sites.
  • Travel from the isolated Brooks Mountains all the way to the edge of the vast Arctic plains.
  • Stunning bush plane flights
  • Hike among the vast, unlimited Arctic mountains.
  • Even for the land of the midnight sun, this is an unforgettable trip.
  • If you have ever even thought of going to the Arctic, you will not want to miss this trip. Likely the last time PPS will go there.
  • Limited to 3.

DESCRIPTION:

This trip has everything you could want in an arctic adventure! Bask in the late season sunlight as you fly by bush plane, paddle past stunning scenery and photograph amazing wildlife. We've timed this to coincide with the migration of the caribou so you may see more wildlife in one place than you could ever imagine, if we're lucky. I have seen thousands and thousands here this week in August. This area is threatened by current political actions and may not stay pristine much longer. Join us now to see this area while it is still a wild American frontier.

Using packrafts, we can access the headwaters in low water. This alone is an amazing, amazing place. Once when I was here, I sat on a hill during the 6 hour sunset and sunrise and watched a grizzly on one hill and a wolf on the other. We caught lake trout for dinner.

The Nigu River has rich anthropological history, mountains, wide valleys, rolling hills, opportunities to view many different birds, caribou, bear, wolves, musk oxen and maybe a wolverine. You will be going to an extreme and it will feel like that.

We start our raft trip at a high lake in the Brooks Range Mountains near the gates of the Arctic National Park and the Noatak National Preserve where the once nomadic Nunamiut people traveled across the land hunting and foraging. Between the still obvious caribou fences once used to funnel the caribou into lakes for easier hunting, earthen homes they camped in, you get a sense of what life may have been like. Rafting out of the mountains and traveling through the rolling tundra we eventually come to the confluence of the Etivlic River and then just before the Colville River where we finish our trip.

Up until the recent past, Inuit and Athabascan people lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle along these Arctic rivers. They subsisted mainly on the caribou but also made use of all available food supplies: plant, animal and fish. We’ll see signs of their enduring history, scattered chert chips from tool making and remnants of house pits. Though the ancient hunters have long since come and gone, the land lies basically untamed and unchanged.

These rivers lie within a vast, seldom visited wilderness, a place where the trails are made by wildlife: caribou, bear, moose and wolf. Where yellow billed loons, shyest of the loon family, nest along undeveloped shorelines and arctic breezes cat's paw across crystal clear lakes. But it is the caribou especially that defines this country. The Western Arctic Caribou herd numbers over 450,000 animals; it is the constant ebb and flow of their numbers over the landscape that brings life to this arctic landscape.

Trip starts and ends in Fairbanks, Alaska. It is very expensive to reach this remote of a place and less people go then used to. Payback for us? Extreme wilderness and immersion in the land where nature is still king. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go to such an extreme and beautiful place.

Please register early to have time to attend the training on November 4th, 2017.

Meets in Fairbanks, AK
Saturday, August 18th - Saturday, September 1st, 2018
Cost: $4,650/person


To Register - Call Now! Contact the PPS office at 585-346-5597!

Or pay the deposit, we will contact you to complete your registration.


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