The Lure of the Dalton

Discussion in 'Photos' started by Alcan Rider, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. frijole

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    rgiroux out of gas @ Atigun pass:D
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  2. rgiroux

    rgiroux Invisible Man

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    Got off your lazy duff and finally posted some shots, eh? :lol3

    (this be the fool we blame all our good trips on)
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  3. frijole

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    I got the itch to do it again!:D
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  4. akskirider

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    Here are some photos I snapped of Sukapak Mtn on the way back to Fairbanks in fall of 2009. Thought the clouds looked cool that day.

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  5. bigvern

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    Cool thread so I thought I'd share some pictures...

    Full Ride report (shameless plug): :evil
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    We only went up as far as Galbraith lake just after Atigun pass, but it was a really cool ride. Amazing weather on the way up and "most" of the way back down, but from the Hot Spot down it was cold wet and really slick but still worth it.

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    The view over the river just across from where we stayed in Wisman

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    Back on the road.....

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    Approaching the shelf

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    Start of Atigun Pass


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    Looking south before heading up over Atigun

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    At the top...(we let him go by first before heading down)

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    On the way back down (Grayling lake) ....where my mirror fell off

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    And finally back at the start....

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  6. dave58

    dave58 Not if I see you first

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    Alcan Rider, I crossed Atigun in perfect weather less than 3 weeks after your aborted attempt on May 30, 2009. I remember sitting at home just before departure looking at that pic. thinking, "Shit, am I gonna run into THAT?":huh

    All these gorgeous shots make me want to go home and start packing...
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  7. rgiroux

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    Great pics. looks like you had similar weather to our 2009 trip. question, tho: why not go all the way to Deadhorse?
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  8. Alcan Rider

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    Thank you. Wish I could claim all these photos as my own, but quite a number of talented photographers have contributed to this thread. You'll be expected to donate to the cause after you get back home as well. :wink:


    Spring is here - it almost got up to zero at Deadhorse today. Come on up. :D

    Looking forward to meeting up. You aren't going to restrict me to telling TRUE stories, are you? :evil

    Yeah - I love it there. :nod Not far from Tok, so I can run up there to have a cup of coffee or a meal with riders coming through who won't be going down toward Anchorage. Only trouble is - the highway only goes in two directions.
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  9. Alcan Rider

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    You're being too modest - those are some good ones. Each photographer has his/her own perspective, and the cumulative effort helps to present a broader view of the whole experience. Thanks for your contribution. :wave

    Reminds me of 99% of the moose photos I've taken - the south end of a northbound moose. :lol3 But I like the way you captured the moose and the pipeline. :thumb
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  10. Alcan Rider

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    This wide angle panoramic shot is a nice one. That is one of my favorite stretches, along the Dietrich River.

    Another nice one. That jog at the Old Man gift shop is really exaggerated. You must have been using a telephoto. Really enjoying looking at photos from other riders - they show things I hadn't thought to try capturing. Good job. :thumb

    From your photos, it looks like you may have been using several cameras. What were they? :ear
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  11. Alcan Rider

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    Excellent application for B&W! :thumb

    Sukakpak certainly displays multiple personalities, doesn't it. And it really rewards patience, and waiting for the right light.

    Another nice one. The sepia is almost as good as the B&W. Keep 'em coming.
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  12. Alcan Rider

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    Excellent collection of landscapes. :thumb Helps to display the vastness of that area for those who have yet to experience it. And glad you included a link to your ride report. :thumb
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  13. Alcan Rider

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    Guess it's time to throw in a few more from my collection and make room for some new ones that will hopefully be added starting next month.

    May 11, 2008 - From the BLM Visitor's Center at the Yukon River, looking north at the pipeline before leaves pop out and obscure the view -
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    May 11, 2008 - Around Mile 29 looking north -
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    As you can see, the road here is relatively narrow, twisty, and hilly. Many of us suspect that DOT keeps it that way in hopes of discouraging tourists from continuing on any farther.

    May 12, 2008 - Looking down at the Coldfoot airstrip with the braided floodplain of the Koyukuk River still showing signs of the previous winter -
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    May 13, 2008 - For those foolish enough to challenge the Dalton before the end of May, there are some benefits not available later - such as ample natural refrigeration. This is a side channel of Gold Creek, around Mile 196.5 -
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    While the creek below has thawed and is flowing, the dome of ice formed of overflow during the winter is still holding out for warmer weather.

    May 13, 2008 - The Kanuti Plain is covered with melting snow, and the Kanuti River is high, and flowing deep and dark -
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    May 12, 2008 - On the north side of Sukakpak Mt the Bettles River has its beginning high in the mountains of the Brooks Range -
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    June 6, 2008 - Pump Station 3 appears as a small town next to the highway in this photo from Mile 310 -
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    July 4, 2008 - Across the highway from Pump 3, and appearing peaceful and inviting, the Sag River has calmed down appreciably from a month and a half earlier -
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    August 10, 2008 - Sometimes the view isn't all it could be as the ever-present weather demonstrates its power -
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    July 4, 2008 - Mile 387 facing north, with the sun very close to its nadir at 11:00 PM -
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  14. bigvern

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    The main resaon was we just didnt have enough time - its a big place up there in Alaska and we had a fixed schedule to work with.

    We also didn't have quite enough gas to make it with a comfortable margin - I was running with an oiled pre-filter which unfortunately had more of an impact than I thought it would on my gas mileage, especially combined with a fully loaded bike.

    Still it did its job....the main air filter (in the background) still looks brand new.



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    At the end of the day we actually did more than we thought we would. The original plan had been to only to go as far as the Arctic Circle, but we decided that we really wanted to see Atigun pass.

    In the end it worked for us and it means we still have something new to do the next time :wink:
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  15. frijole

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    Believe it or not, I used a Canon G10. It's a small camera with some big camera features. It amazing what good lighting will do for ya too!:evil The wife wouldn't let me take the SLR .:D The G10 or G11 is a great camera to keep in the tankbag.
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  16. rgiroux

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    Yes, it is a HUGE place!. Especially when you consider its a 1000 mile trip just from Fairbanks to Deadhorse and back!

    I rode a 950 and had no idea what its range was. But, we rode with the fuel tanker GS of Frijole, just in case. I also carried an extra gallon of gas. We did find out that the 950 would make it from Coldfoot to Deadhorse, barely. Coming back, with the weather we hit north of Atigun, i may have gotten worse mileage, or maybe Deadhorse had crappy gas, but i had to put the gallon in at the top of the pass.

    Good luck on the next trip.
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  17. Pflum

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    Here's a few from mid-July 2010:


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    You can learn a lot by talking to the road crews.
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  19. akskirider

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    Found this and thought it was cool...

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  20. motodavid2000

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    Parked up beside the Koyukuk River at Wiseman Creek in Wiseman, AK en route to Deadhorse.



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    Heading north solo at 0400 at Atigun Pass, July 11th 2009 socked in with fog near the top and muddy most of the way over the Pass.

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