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Willi Prettie hikes along the Arrigetch Peaks of Alaska.

Survivalist Willi Prittie hikes along a river in the Brooks Mountain Range. (View larger version)

Photograph by Brian Catalina Entertainment, LLC

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  • The Brooks Range is the highest mountain range in the Arctic Circle.

  • The Brooks Range is named after geologist Alfred H. Brooks, the Chief Alaskan Geologist for the US Geological Survey.

  • The Brooks Range doesn’t contain many glaciers due to the arid nature of the area.

  • Around the turn of the 20th century, when gold was found in the Canadian Yukon, an epidemic of “Klondicitis” swept through North America and many people went up North in search of gold.

  • The Brooks Range remained unmapped long after the Alaska Purchase.

  • The beautiful cliffs of Arrigetch Peaks have been a Natural National Landmark since its designation in 1968.

  • The name Arrigetch comes from the Nunamiut language and means “fingers of a hand extended.”

  • Wilderness advocate Robert Marshall was the man who coined the name "Gates of the Arctic."

  • The total area for Gates of the Arctic National Park is 8,202,517 acres, of which 7,052,000 acres are wilderness.

  • The Brooks Range is a drainage divide meaning that water on different sides of the mountain drains into different spots, the North emptying into the Arctic Ocean while the South eventually reaches the Bering Sea via the Yukon River.

  • Wolves have never been endangered in Alaska and number around 7,000 to 11,000. They can be found all around the state.
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