Caribou along the trail
SnowStar Traverse

The determined explorers of the SnowSTAR 2007: Barrenlands Traverse — now on the 39th day of their 1,800 mile traverse across Alaska and far northern Canada — this weekend reached one of the Far North’s weirdest ecological anomalies: the Thelon Oasis.

It’s a patch of dense spruce forest that has somehow thrived in one of the harshest and most barren habitats on Earth.

SnowSTAR accomplished a major goal today by reaching the Thelon River, which they will follow all the way to their finish in Baker Lake,” wrote basecamp manager Dave Andersen.

“They are now back in dense spruce trees — the famous Thelon Oasis. These trees will be with them for about the next two or three days and then they will be returned to the rocky and windswept barrenlands.”

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