Satellite update 18th August from Brooks Range, Alaska

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Mind-blowing wild, remote area with tall granite peaks towering above us. Mostly obscured or at least partially obscured by mist. We were dropped off by float plane on a small lake by the Alatna River in the sunshine. Since then we’ve had cold rain, wind and snow! We crossed into the Aiyagomahala Valley and then went up to the head of the valley to cross a small glacier. We made it over the Continental divide at Independence Pass. A couple of exposed scramble moves. Endless fields of large boulders to negotiate. Camped in the upper Kobuk Valley last night. At midday today we left camp to go over Deception pass, shortly after leaving it started to snow and it didn’t stop. By the time we reached the top of the pass it was settling on the ground & visibility was poor. We hunkered in a small cave and scouted to find a way off the pass. Unsuccessful in these conditions, the rock is lethally slippery and the consequences are too high. So we legged it back to last night’s camp, set up our tent and tarp shivering like crazy…and got some hot soup in us! Currently waiting to see what the weather dictates, hoping we can get over pass with dry rock. Otherwise it’s time to reassess our route and/or start rationing our food. Winter is definitely starting to come to the Brooks Range! What a spectacular place. Dulkara out.

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