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three friends and I are planning a trip from the PNW (lower 48) to the north. We plan to drive up to Inuvik for the Great Northern Art Festival and then back across the Yukon to Alaska-Which brings me to the point of this post: the ANWR.
After a little reading, doing a 10 day hike in the ANWR is of interest, but still in the "wouldn't it be neat" stage of planning. So first I would ask: has anyone on this site has hiked in the refuge? If so, do you have any first-hand experience and/or advice.
I recognize that this is a serious wilderness trip plan, and I don't want anyone getting in trouble or hurt. Furthermore, we are not rich. These thoughts raise several concerns. Are we skilled enough? Can this hike be done with packs weighing less than 50 lbs? How much does (air) transportation cost? Should we plan on boating part of the trip? And so on.
We = Of the four of us, all have moderate trekking experience in rugged terrain (though none of us has hiked in the Tundra). Two of us have a moderate level of wilderness survival skill, though no formal training beyond first aid. The same two of us are proficient in the use of a map and compass. All of us are in fairly good shape. All of understand other basic stuff like low-to-no impact camping, bear precautions, how to start fire under adverse conditions, how to bivouac, and super basic rope skills (such as knots, rappelling, fording waters, etc.). Gear is not an issue, I think, as we have what is needed.
So, that's that. Just curious if anyone has any input...