One Man's Paradise

Sukakpak Mountain


What was once an ancient seabed is now visible as one of the most recognizable mountains of the Brooks Range. Just 4,459 ft but close to the Dalton Hwy., so it can be climbed in a day. The limestone deposit was subjected to intense heat and pressure, which caused it to metamorphose into marble. Slowly crumbling away. Apparently ice forms in the winter, attracting hardy ice climbers. The East slopes just beg for some back country skiing.

Like a hunter and gatherer I collected this image on a rare calm day with interesting clouds swirling around the mountain. On June 13 I stood alone on top of the mountain. IT Is hard to express the awe, peace, and humility I felt.

“Over the years I have discovered that each minute spent in the Arctic – whether in a tent in foul weather, on top of a breath-taking mountain, or in the midst of ten thousand caribou – carries the fullness of a rare wilderness experience.”

Debbie Miller


8 thoughts on “Sukakpak Mountain

  1. Pete says:

    Though most of Ansel Adam’s photography was indeed like yours B&W he chose the soft contrast whereas you have posted a very high contrast photographic work…
    …..and it is truly impressive
    thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you for mentioning my name in the same sentence as Anselm Adams. Yes, he was a master of contrast zones. I am just trying to make the best out of what nature throws at me, in this case the only calm, clear day in 3 months with harsh light. I think it works with such a shapely mountain and it’s reflection. Thanks for looking and commenting!

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