Gates of the Arctic National Park August 2012.
Dalton Highway to Oolah Lake trek. Instead of wasting days hiking up the Kuyuktuvuk Creek to reach Oolah Pass, we hiked up over the mountains and saved two days hiking. See the map below for our route.
Dietrich Creek. We parked about a half mile and crossed the river here.
Looking back towards the Dalton Highway
Day 1 camp.
Looking down from where we hiked.
Oolah Lake at Oolah Pass.
Route we took to Oolah Lake
Magic Bus, February 7, 2009
Peter Fleck from England has
been training dogs with GB Jones and they plan on a trip
through the Alaska Range to McGrath, Alaska. 350 miles
by dog team sometime in March 2009. However, Peter wants
to see the Magic Bus where Christopher McCandless met his
maker in the fall of 1992. So, the latest plan is
to take three small dog teams from the Stampede Road near
Healy, Alaska and venture to the bus where GB and Peter plan
to make it their camp for the night. I, however, will
fashion a snow cave and camp well away from the bus I call a
McCandless in his camp on the Stampede Trail
(self-portrait found undeveloped in his camera at the
time of his death)
Born February 12, 1968
Southern California, USA
Died August 18, 1992 (aged 24)
Stampede Trail, Alaska, USA
McCandless (February 12, 1968 - August 18, 1992)
was an American wanderer who hiked into the Alaskan
wilderness with little food and equipment, hoping to live
a period of solitude. Almost four months later he died of
starvation near Denali National Park and Preserve.
Inspired by the details of McCandless' story, author Jon
Krakauer wrote a 1996 book, Sean Penn directed the 2007
film about this life, both titled Into the Wild and with
Emile Hirsch portraying McCandless.
"I have had a happy life and
thank the Lord. Goodbye and may God bless all!"
The Magic Bus 2009 around midnight
Another shot of the bus
GB posing outside the bus
Graffiti from over the years
The view inside
The trail home taking a break
Peter Fleck outside the bus
My snow cave. I was not sleeping in
Peter Fleck in the bus with some of the
Photos from 2008 February trip to the Magic
These are the only photos of the
trip due to extreme cold (-55 below) and all equipment
including cameras failed to function after we started along
the Stampede Trail.
Road sign off the Parks Highway
It got to -34 below when we
finally departed for the bus
My three-dog sled made from
cross-country skis, hockey sticks, plastic and stuff bought at