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Old 09-09-2008, 07:59 PM
 
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I was thinking about driving from Fairbanks to Barrow on my next trip up this winter. Is it something that sounds possible? Foolhardy? Should I just jump into Cook Inlet with hams strung around my body in front of an orca pod?
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:02 PM
 
Location: alaska
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You cant drive to barrow. Haul road ends at deadhorse to the public
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:22 PM
 
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I was thinking about driving from Fairbanks to Barrow on my next trip up this winter. Is it something that sounds possible? Foolhardy?
Yes, I drive the Haul road frequently in all conditions. What you propose obviously can be done, but it requires the proper vehicle, preparations, safety equipment, and most importantly, attitude.

I want to see you drive to Barrow though. For that, you’ll need to stop in Deadhorse and see if you can talk someone into renting you a Tucker or a Hagglunds!
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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Hmm... That definitely puts a damper on the drive. So Barrow is another destination served by Alaska Airlines then?
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Or Frontier.
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:48 PM
 
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And they are advertising Alaska/Horizon airline miles coming soon
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Old 09-10-2008, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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You cant drive to barrow. Haul road ends at deadhorse to the public
Actually yes, you can drive to Barrow, and I know several people who've done it. But there's a lot of devil in the detail too!

And the first one is that Barker hasn't got enough years left to learn what it takes to make that trip safely. It is not one for the uninitiated. It requires at a minimum driving on an ice road. And last year it probably would have required at least a few miles driving "off road".

It has only been reasonable to do in the last few years, as winter exploration in the NPR-A has picked up again, and ice roads close enough to Barrow are being put in. A number of people have hopped on a plane to Fairbanks or Anchorage to buy a truck and then drive it back to Barrow.

One thing though, it is one heck of an adventure, people I've talked to a day or so after they finish that trip are just glowing with life!
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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You'd probably have to show proof of residence or something to get through the BP/Conoco security checkpoints. Lot's of residents drive the iceroad toward Alpine to get to Nuiqsut in the winter. Depending on who, and if anyone is doing any exploration up toward Barrow, there may or may not be an iceroad that far this winter. I don't believe Conoco will be going that far this winter. I think you'll find just the drive to Deadhorse could curb your appetite for adventure tho Barkley. Hanna and I did it last year in August and it was wonderful. Mass amounts of fall colors, blue skies everyday, and we saw every critter this state has to offer. And the road was in great condition.
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:54 PM
 
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Some shots of my trip at the end of January to wet your appetite:

North out of Fairbanks
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0675.jpg (broken link)

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0682.jpg (broken link)

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0686.jpg (broken link)

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0706.jpg (broken link)

Arctic Circle
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0714.jpg (broken link)

Sunsets north of the circle
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0719.jpg (broken link)

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0726.jpg (broken link)

Into the Brooks Range
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0728.jpg (broken link)

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0729.jpg (broken link)
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:55 PM
 
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Atigun Pass
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0740.jpg (broken link)

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0737.jpg (broken link)

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0741.jpg (broken link)

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0742.jpg (broken link)

Over the Pass
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0746.jpg (broken link)

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0747.jpg (broken link)

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0761.jpg (broken link)

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0780.jpg (broken link)

Out on to the Slope
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0784.jpg (broken link)

Mile 0 of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0800.jpg (broken link)

Weather conditions
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0801.jpg (broken link)

January noon time sun at Prudhoe
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0833.jpg (broken link)

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/IMG_0845.jpg (broken link)
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