Getting off the plane in Bettles, AK
Loading the bush plane
First view of the river from the plane
Landing on a sandbar at the Gates of the Arctic
The plane take off the sandbar.
We began the trip by hiking north for a day to camp in the forest.
Looking out over the northern part of the North Fork.
Camp along the north fork.
Hiking the gravel bars.
Boats assembled, ready to launch.
The upper part of the river.
Camp 1 on the river.
Launching the boats on day 1.
We spent as much time hiking the hills above the river as we did floating it.
Up a side creek, following a moose.
Another excellent sandbar campsite.
A short section of rapids.
Another high hike.
On top of an unnamed peak above the river.
We needed a bath, but the water temperature was discouraging.
A hill we climbed.
Looking for a campsite
Cooking in the rain.
Preparing to release a Chum Salmon.
An 11:00pm sunset
Taking down the boats at Bettles.
Loading the gear to come home.