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Nitto Tires JK Experience Alaska – Day 3

Tuesday Day 3

Muskeg – a North American swamp or bog consisting of a mixture of water and partly dead vegetation, frequently covered by a layer of sphagnum or other mosses.

After an easy day on Monday, we were all quick to realize why Monday was an easy day. During the morning’s driver’s meeting we were told that we were going to experience a mud like no other. A mud that us lower 48’ers have no experience with, a mud called muskeg.

Airing down the Jeep before what would be a challenging muddy day.

Airing down the Jeep before what would be a challenging muddy day.

We would be traveling the Stampede Trail made famously by the mid 1990’s book and later a movie, Into the Wild. The trail began as most off road trails, a mild unapproved road.

We crossed many small water holes along with a few small creek crossings before reaching the hard section, the muskeg.

We crossed many small water holes along with a few small creek crossings before reaching the hard section, the muskeg.

We crossed many small water holes along the way with a few small creek crossings before reaching the hard section, the muskeg.

Muskeg - A North American swamp or bog consisting of a mixture of water and partly dead vegetation, frequently covered by a layer of sphagnum or other mosses.

Muskeg – A North American swamp or bog consisting of a mixture of water and partly dead vegetation, frequently covered by a layer of sphagnum or other mosses.

The ARB Jeep Wrangler JK was pretty far forward in the pack so although challenging, the ARB JK only got stuck on the final muskeg hole and required us using our Warn Zeon 12-S winch.

The ARB JK was pretty far forward in the pack so although challenging, the ARB JK only got stuck on the final muskeg hole and required us using our Warn Winch.

The ARB JK was pretty far forward in the pack so although challenging, the ARB JK only got stuck on the final muskeg hole and required us using our Warn Winch.

Once all the Jeeps were through the muskeg, the trail improved with no recovery required the remainder of the way to the fast flowing Teklanika River. If you have read the book or watched the movie Into the Wild, the Teklanika River is the river that the main character, Christopher McCandless found impassible while trying to leave the area due to a lack of food. The locals say that the river is passible by vehicles and by foot during the early spring river level. When we reached the river, the water was flowing fast and high forcing us to turn around and retrace our tracks.

We stopped for about 45 minutes and enjoyed our packed lunch next to the Teklanika River.

We stopped for about 45 minutes and enjoyed our packed lunch next to the Teklanika River.

After a short lunch break along the river it was back in the Jeeps heading towards the trailhead. Retracing our tracks back to the trailhead also meant that we would have to cross the muskeg section once again, but this time after 14 Jeep pushed through it earlier. As imagined, the conditions were a lot more difficult than the first pass requiring a majority of the Jeeps to be recovered from the almost alive muskeg, including the ARB Jeep JK requiring it’s Warn Zeon 12-S winch several times.

The ARB Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited navigating the Muskeg a second time.

The ARB Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited navigating the Muskeg a second time.

After an eventful day of off-roading, it was back on the pavement on the way to our night’s stay in Fairbanks to clean up the Jeep and stock up for the next day’s adventure.

The end of the Stampede trail.

The end of the Stampede trail.

That night, we found out that the next day’s adventure would be to drive to the most northern part of North America that can be reached by car, Deadhorse – Prudhoe Bay.

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Nitto Tires JK Experience Alaska – Day 1 & 2

The trip from Seattle to Anchorage was uneventful. The Jeep performed flawlessly during the 2300 mile, 46 hour trip through Canada into Alaska with just a few stops to torque all the suspension components as required after any new suspension components are installed.

Fueling the Jeep up in Meziadin Lake, BC.

Fueling the Jeep up in Meziadin Lake, BC.

The ARB Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited arrived in Anchorage late on Thursday night with Friday and Saturday planned as free days if anything need to be addressed. The only required tasks for the two days were to clean the Jeep up and replace the cracked headlight lens lost during the trip. After some rearrangement of the cargo, we were ready for the weeks adventure.

Entering the Yukon Territory.

Entering the Yukon Territory.

Sunday Day 1

The information in the morning’s driver’s meeting would inform us that it would be a long day of off-roading and to be prepared for mud. With rain already starting to fall from the sky, we had the feeling that “be prepared” would be an understatement. After a short highway drive, we were topping our fuel tanks off and airing down our 37” Nitto Trail Grappler MT tires in the town of Wasilla in preparation for a muddy trail ride on the Baldy Mountain trail.

Airing down in Wasilla.

Airing down in Wasilla.

Once off the gravel road, the terrain turned familiar to us who are used to the wet, muddy terrain around Seattle. The trail wandered through tight tree sections, subtle rolling hills and elevation changes and then eventually entered clearings or areas similar to being above the tree line. About this time, the climbs became steeper and the rain began to increase making the trail muddier and more difficult as we continued on.

The ARB Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited on the Baldy Mountain Trail.

The ARB Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited on the Baldy Mountain Trail.After the first few Jeeps struggled to make the climbs and required winching all along with the rain increasing even more, it was decided to turn around and head to the night’s accommodation, the beautiful Talkeetna lodge near and with views Mt. Denali and the Alaskan Range.

The ARB Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited waiting to make one of the climbs.

The ARB Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited waiting to make one of the climbs.

With the rain and trail condition becoming increasingly difficult and the first few Jeeps needing winch recovery, it was decided to turn around and backtrack our course to head to the night’s accommodation, the beautiful Talkeetna lodge near and with views Mt. Denali and the Alaskan Range.

But before reaching the lodge, we were detoured on a short drive to the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry so that any mechanical issues could be addressed and everyone could inflate their tires before hitting the pavement.

Everyone airing up at the museum.

Everyone airing up at the museum.

We were given an hour to address any issues (no issues with the ARB Jeep) and explore the grounds. If you get a chance to visit the museum, makes sure you do. After pouring a hot cup of coffee we explored the grounds littered with old machinery from old snow machines to old Alaska Railroad locomotives and passenger cars to old Air Force jets.

One of many cool vehicles on the grounds of the museum.

One of many cool vehicles on the grounds of the museum.

One of many cool vehicles on the grounds of the museum.

One of many cool vehicles on the grounds of the museum.

If you’re into old iron, the museum is a must stop if you ever find yourself in the area.

Monday Day 2

Monday was a travel day. The plan for the day was all pavement to reach our next accommodation, the Denali Village, a lodge just down the road from the Denali National Park entrance. Along the way we made a few quick stops, mainly to use the facilities and for some photo opportunities with Mt. Denali and the Alaskan Range poking through the clouds. While we were stopped at one of the photo areas, we were approached by a local land owner informing us that he had a better view point that we could line all the Jeeps up for a photograph. Of course we jumped at the chance of a better photo spot and after about 5 minutes on the road, we were lining the Jeeps up for a group photo.

All the Jeep JKs lined up for a group photo. Mt. Denali is hiding behind the clouds.

All the Jeep JKs lined up for a group photo. Mt. Denali is hiding behind the clouds.

Once we arrived at the Denali Village, a short meeting gave us the choice of relaxing at the lodge, take a bus ride into Denali National Park or go white water rafting.

The Nenana River.

The Nenana River.

Most of us, who have never been on a river jumped at the chance of rafting 10 miles down a class-4 portion of the Nenana river guided by the awesome folks at Nenana Raft Adventures.

On our way to do a little white water rafting.

On our way to do a little white water rafting.

Following the awesome rafting trip, we were greeted with a BBQ dinner back at the guide location. The rest of the night consisted of us sitting around a fire and telling Jeeping stories to end a great day with new friends.

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