Float planes and motor boats are pragmatic ways to get where you need to go in Kobuk Valley National Park - especially going upstream. Many years ago, people used sled dogs to tow their boats upstream.
Researchers have gear packed and ready for pick up by bush plane. Note the assortment of effective animal resistant food containers in black and yellow. Keeping food away from wildlife is an important principal of Leave No Trace ethics.
Two scientists head off across the dunes to do a research project with the help of two dogs trained for the study. It was a cool assignment in a beautiful location, although there were plenty of challenging days of bad weather.