Inmates in Barrow?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by noshoes, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

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  2. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    I hear that an ice road will be put in this winter into Barrow as folks are already planning on bringing in some new vehicles. BTW, the road is made of ice but is not necessarily built on sea ice. In this case, it is a Rolagon trail that Barrow is connecting up to.
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  3. Alaskahack

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    I have a friend of mine that is coming to see me this month that did a completely solo assult of the ice road between inuvik and Tuktoyaktok last March, he's coming here to do a winter run up to Prudhoe. He's driving a 1200 GSA.

    I'm not sure why they would even put a ice road in between Barrow and Inuvik certainly not some native corporation. State of Alaska can't even put a bridge across the inlet.

    He must be talking about driving his R1 across the sea ice :1drink:huh
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  4. richardak

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    Much of the ice road is a Rolagon trail and groups in Barrow, such as the native corporations, put in a ice road to intercept the Rolagon trail that was put in to support exploration and drilling activities in Prudhoe.
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  5. Solarmoose

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    I see on Sjaak's thread in Ride Reports that he has shipped equipment to
    Anc. If there is an ice road (shore based, not on sea ice) put in between
    Barrow and Prudhoe that gets him part way, what about from Prudhoe to
    Inuvik? I recall seeing a lot of open water this time of year a few years back.
    Is there enough ice to travel on? And on a two-wheeled vehicle?
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  6. UncleRandy

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    I am by no means an expert in Arctic Motorcycling, but I do have some experience in "tundra travel" and an understanding of the shorelines of the Beaufort Sea leading from Barrow to Inuvik. There are numerous challenges anyone would face in attempting to navigate the 500+ miles of shoreline from Barrow to Inuvik.

    Some thoughts;
    1) Any ice road constructed on the North Slope is not open to the public. You would likely not be granted access unless you were an Alaska Native. These ice roads are constructed by oil and gas companies for their activities and paid for by these same entities.

    2) After leaving Barrow-you would have more than 200 miles of shoreline to navigate to reach Prudhoe Bay (Deadhorse). Pressure Ridges of as much as 8' could occur and open water at the mouth of every river is likely. Leave in March and you could have a wonderfully smooth ride. The sea ice should be solid by this time.

    3) Prudhoe Bay - This could legitimately be your first "gas stop"/repair stop/warm shower, etc. Stopping anywhere along the way will put you in prime polar bear country. It's only the males looking for seals along the sea ice that you need to worry about. The females will be sleeping. The mouth of the Colville River is prime polar bear habitat. You do not want to sleep in a tent out there. Polar bears survive on their sense of smell.

    4) If you do choose to ride the sea ice along the coast you would be on State of Alaska lands and waters-no permit needed. You would also discover that there are numerous offshore drilling rigs operating there this winter, beginning near the Colville River and extending towards Prudhoe Bay (the actual body of water).

    5) Beyond Prudhoe Bay (about 60 miles) you will find Exxon at Pt. Thompson. Another hub of activity and then onto the last vestige of civilization in NE Alaska, Kaktovik where you could find gas, food, and lodging.

    If you make it this far-you're on you way Inuvik is only another few hundred miles. (Maybe more or less).

    Current temperature; -33 degrees. Oh-and your GPS may work at those temperatures-but only if you don't accidently bump the unit and shatter your screen.

    BTW: I would be ecstatic if you were able to accomplish this-it would be a huge compliment to mankind's ability (and your's) to overcome adversity.
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  7. nuttynu

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    The ice road is the frozen sea !
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  8. AlaskaSolstice

    AlaskaSolstice Alaskan Adventurer

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    one of last years ice roads:
    [​IMG]
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  9. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

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  10. jgrooms

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    Sjaak called in. Guess there is a whale conf in Barrow.
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  11. NickBrewer3

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  12. CappyRidesAgain

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    man, that sucks. At least there's still pizza!
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  13. Sparticus

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    Actually you can drive from Deadhorse to Barrow on the winter "snow" road. I worked three years out of Wainwright and Barrow, and folks drove it a fair amount. And therein lies many a tale !!!
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