Atigun Pass

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A truck climbs Atigun Pass on the Dalton Highway, Alaska.

A truck climbs Atigun Pass on the Dalton Highway, Alaska.

Last week we made a trip far to the North – we actually made two trips well North of the Arctic Circle, first in a friends plane, and then by vehicle.  Long road trips really help put Alaska’s large size in perspective.

This truck is climbing the gravel road to the top of the 4,800 foot Atigun Pass.  At this high latitude, the effects of even the slightest increase in elevation is exaggerated, so to find a road over a 4,800 pass is amazing.  The road itself rises up from the valley you see below at a 12% grade.  This is the Dalton Highway, formally known at the Haul Road and made famous in the History Channel’s show Ice Road Truckers.

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