There are few places left in the world that are truly remote, truly wild; Gates Of The Arctic is one such place. Hundreds of miles from the nearest road (for now) and completely free from trails access to this wilderness requires either a lengthy hike off the Dalton Highway or a pricey drop by Sea-Plane (Hmm, Lake-Plane?). Once inside the park you are on your own, you could theoretically walk for months across this park, which is larger than Belgium, and not see anyone. It is populated by wolves, bears, caribou, and a myriad of other animals who will be all around you, even if you are unlikely to see any more of them than their tracks.
In the summer of 2018 I was fortunate enough to visit this park on a scouting trip for a new book. As is the car with all the best adventures, things quickly went sideways (in a very controlled and well prepared for manner) resulting in one of the most convoluted and directionless meanders I have ever taken, it was sublime. I was able to see and photograph the park from some of its glorious peaks to one of its most goregeous river valleys.
Beginning in summer of 2019 I am launching a project to photograph the park and to design a visual guidebook to visiting it. I hope you enjoy these pictures from our scouting trip.