Brooks Range Mountains and Mountaineering Gear

What’s in a name? More than you’d think! In a previous post, I wrote about double-duty gear. How about a double-duty name?

Caribou and the Brooks Range. (Credit: USFWS)

Matt Brooks – mountaineer, certified mountain guide, and member of the American Mountain Guides Association – is the founder of Brooks-Range. The company’s range of mountaineering gear would come in handy when exploring the northernmost extension of the Rocky Mountains – northern Alaska’s Brooks Range.

Cool Facts about Brooks Range – The Mountains

  • extends about 600 miles across Alaska
  • named in 1925 by the United States Board on Geographic Names for geologist Alfred H. Brooks
  • highest mountain range within the Arctic Circle
  • approximately 126 million years old
  • two of the highest peaks in the range are Mount Chamberlin and Mount Isto – both just over 9000 feet
  • migratory path of the Porcupine Caribou herd, numbering over 100,000 animals

Cool Facts about Brooks-Range – The Gear

  • new additions to the Brooks-Range line – coming this Fall – include the Isto and Black Mountain (another low elevation mountain in Brooks Range) jackets
  • both jackets are designed for high aerobic activities such as trail running or snowshoeing

A Good Read about the Brooks Range Landscape
Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison have spent the last decade taking “treks to understand critical landscapes from the perspective of endangered wildlife.” In 2003, they migrated for five months across the Yukon and Alaska with the endangered Porcupine Caribou herd. “Being Caribou” won the U.S. National Outdoor Book of the Year Award for Best Outdoor Literature in 2006.

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