By Sam Wright
From one of many final nice wildernesses -- the Brooks diversity of Alaska, 100 miles contained in the Arctic Circle -- Sam Wright speaks to an rising view of nature as an interconnected, dynamic entire. dwelling in a hand-built, 12'-by-12' cabin, Wright files seasonal alterations and his strategies as he and his spouse stay a yr in isolation and contemplation.
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As a result of the developing oil industry on the arctic slope of northern Alaska, a winter haul road was bulldozed over the Brooks Range, passing through Anaktuvuk Pass. When the road crew surveying the route reached the pass, they offered work to the village men to mark the road north with willow tripods every quarter mile for 170 miles, so drivers could find the route in drifting snows. "It was pretty good," Jack told me. " When I asked what he did with his acquired wealth, he laughed, "Soon as us guys was paid we went to Fairbanks.
When daylight is continuous here in the summer, heat builds up as it is reflected from the earth. It can rise into the eighties and occasionally ninety in June. By November, when the sun is supplying light and heat for less than a couple of hours a day, the calories drain rapidly away. Temperatures soon average well below zero. Far to the south of us, the Alaska Range of mountains helps seal the interior of Alaska from the warm moisture-bearing air of the Pacific Ocean. By the time the air gets over the Alaska Range, with its 20,320-foot Denali peak, it is relatively dry.
A code for the survival of our species and of the earth. As I went out to chop wood to start a fire in the Yukon Stove, I found that all our axes were gone. When Billie went up into the cache to get the food supplies we had left, she found it empty. Our fishing poles and gear were gone. Our basic hand tools were gone, as was our snowmobile brought in at considerable cost by the small ski plane flying over 200 miles from Fairbanks. And its toboggan on which we hauled our winter wood. Checking further, now stunned with disbelief, we found all our snowshoes missing.