The Brooks Range is a huge expanse of very remote, geologically old mountains stretching 700 plus miles east to west across Northern Alaska and into Canada’s Yukon Territory. Its use would bookend our trip, providing a quick, albeit sketchy ride in, and a Cadillac smooth 100-mile river trip out from the heart of the range. A vast wilderness lay ahead, so vast that our trip would disappear into it and barely scrape the surface. Fortunately, we were at the low elevation point of our trip, and the higher we got the better the riding got. It’s not if you will see a bear on a Brooks trip, it’s when.