(visited by David Andersen, Barb Andersen, Matt Cooper, Amy Cooper, Gail Hattan and Dick Hattan)
26-May-2007 -- From our homes in Fairbanks, Alaska, our group of six planned to spend the Memorial Day weekend at a remote fly-in cabin in the Alaska Range. Several of our group were familiar with the Confluence Project and had noted that the secondary confluence of 64 North 147 West had not yet been visited and appeared to be relatively accessible about 8 or 9 miles from the cabin. At mid-morning, we set out on foot, following a steep ridge to get above timberline and pick our way through the alpine tundra. Three weeks earlier the area had still been covered in snow but in the final days of May, green-up was in full swing with wildflowers and songbirds everywhere. At an elevation of about 4,600 feet we stopped for lunch at the top of Iowa Ridge—a meandering gravel ridge that would take us very near the confluence. A few snow patches remained on north facing slopes but the weather was partly cloudy and about 50 degrees with a strong breeze to help keep the mosquitoes at bay. All afternoon we worked our way east, stopping briefly to huddle under a tarp as a hail storm passed over us. A lightning-caused wildfire was burning on the lowlands to our north and as we approached the confluence, smoke from the fire began to diminish our spectacular views from the ridge. We reached the confluence shortly after 4:00 PM and found it located on a steep tundra slope about 100 yards over the northern rim of Iowa Ridge. We took the requisite photos and with increasing wind and clouds headed for home. We arrived at the cabin at 8:30 PM having traversed 19 ½ miles. We toasted our accomplishment with home-brewed beer we left chilling in the ice of a nearby creek.