I am sad to report that my second attempt at a solo, living-off-the-land trek in the Brooks Range this year was also thwarted by severe weather.
After getting my take out vehicle staged at the right spot, while we were headed to my drop off point, 70 road miles higher in the mountains, the fog rolled in and filled the valley right down to the deck. It's not possible to navigate in the mountains with such bad visibility so we returned to our base camp to wait it out. Soon after the fog came in it started to rain, then changed to snow. A day and a half later the snow stopped and the fog rose.
When we returned to my drop off location at the 3000 foot elevation the mountains were blanketed with three inches of new snow and ice from freezing rain. My trek involved crossing the mountains through a pass at 6000 feet. Given what we had at 3000 feet I could only imagine what was waiting for me at six thousand. With possibly up to a foot of new snow and ice covering shale slides and boulder fields it would have been foolish to attempt it.
My support crew had obligations to attend to in Fairbanks like jobs and family to pick up at the airport so we didn't have time to wait for the snow to melt. Once again I had to call it off.
I was able to get some really good video of grizzly bears, musk ox, caribou and a red fox hunting mice as well as me catching my biggest lake trout ever on a fly. You can check these videos out as well as others of the weather conditions in the mountains on this blog if you like.
My time and budget have been stretched to their limits for this summer, so I'll have to wait to try again. Maybe one of these times I will catch a break.