Traverse of Endicott Mountains. Patrick Call, Cedron Jones and I traversed a portion of the Endicott Mountains in the Brooks Range during the end of August. We began at Anaktuvuk Pass, walked through Ernie Pass, up Grizzly Creek, over the shoulder of Als Mountain into the headwaters of the north fork of the Koyokuk, went down the Koyokuk past Summit Lake to Amawk Creek, up to Kinnorutin Pass and down to the Hammond River valley, thence went up through “Falsoola Pass” (not marked as such on the maps), climbing Amawk Mountain en route, and finally descended a branch of Trembley Creek to the pipeline haul road after crossing the Dietrich River. During the trip, which took 10 days, we experienced extremely cold weather—temperatures at Kinnorutin Pass dropped to 0°F, and several days never went above freezing—along with the concomitant blessing of a complete absence of mosquitos. Hitchhiking the haul road to Fairbanks was quite difficult.
Michael D. Yokell