Northern Limits

A 4,000 mile human-powered journey

Between March and September, 2012 we (Caroline Van Hemert & Patrick Farrell) traveled by rowboat, ski, packraft, foot, and canoe from Bellingham, Washington to Kotzebue, Alaska. We chose a road-less, trail-less (<1%) route that led us through some unbelievably gorgeous wild places, including the Inside Passage, the Coast Mountains, the length of the Yukon Territory, the Arctic Coast, and the Brooks Range. We varied our modes of transport depending on the nature of the terrain—rowboats for the Inside Passage, skis for the Coast Mountains, canoe for the Yukon and Noatak rivers, and packrafts and hiking shoes for all the rest. We have shared some of our experiences and images from our journey on this site.  Please see the attached links to learn more about our route, see photos, follow blog updates, and read about our other adventures in Alaska and Canada.

NOTE: We’ve moved! Please visit us at for current news and updates. And check out the book about our 4,000-mile journey: The Sun is a Compass.