The trip to and from Anaktuvuk Pass, through the Brooks mountain range, is absolutely fantastic! I don't really care for small planes, but this was great. You could literally reach out and touch the mountain peaks and the valleys were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I may never get a chance to go back, but my memories will last...more
There are regularly scheduled flights from Fairbanks to Anaktuvuk Pass. I believe they are daily in the summer. In the winter, air service is limited and you can only get in and out via dogsled or argo.Walking is the best. Argos and conventional cars, trucks and vans are also present in town. An argo is an eight wheeled vehicle that looks like a...more
Please respect the Native Alaskans. After my visit, it gave me a new perspective on how we may have done a disservice to all of our native peoples by bringing in 'civilization'. The locals were friendly and helpful but in a reserved sort of way.
Luggage and bags:
Even for a daytrip be prepared in case you need to stay overnight because the weather prevents flying. There is a store for basic items if necessary.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layered clothing appropriate to the rest of Alaska is recommended. The temperature extremes exist so that even in the summer you could be hiking in shorts or pants. Generally, a long sleeved shirt and sturdy boots or high top shoes are useful as are long pants that zip off for shorts. A jacket is always appropriate. Packable rain gear is helpful.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toiletries would be available at the store but would be very expensive. Bring your own medications. Don't think a true pharmacy exists in town.
Photo Equipment: ALways a good idea to keep a fresh supply of film and batteries with you. Limited supplies available at the dry goods store.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Be prepared for serious backcountry trekking. Outside of town is some of the most remote area of Alaska. Check the usual Alaska guide books for specifics.
Miscellaneous: Don't be fooled by the beauty on the flight in...This is remote territory. If you get lost, you may never be found. Don't over estimate your capabilities and make sure someone knows where you are going.