Alaska Brooks Range Traverse

These pages tell the story of my 1,000 Mile solo traverse of the Brooks Range of northern Alaska. Check out the links to the right for a map of the route, my trail journal and photos, my gear list, FAQ and more. After this hike I produced a popular DVD documentary of my adventure, Alone Across Alaska: 1,000 Miles of Wilderness, Click here! Some reviews appear below. Make sure you check out my journal and photos of this trip!

If there were an Oscar for indie adventure films, Bruce “Buck” Nelson would be a runaway winner. Backpacker Magazine

I can honestly say without reservation, that it is the best hiking video that I have ever watched. I give it 5 stars, and two thumbs up! Jeffrey Hunter, Staff member American Hiking Society

EXCELLENT job. (We) watched the DVD last night and were most impressed. You did a great job with the technical aspects and we can’t wait for future productions…PS I’ll be ordering more next year!!

WOW!!!! Can’t wait to show it to the rest of my family when they come at Christmas. The scenery was spectacular, the colors unmatched, a great adventure to say the least. Congratulations on another great video!

AWESOME & very well done !!…The video has great scenery, unreal closeups of different animals & just overall very impressed.

Thanks for the fabulous DVD entitled Alone Across Alaska: 1,000 Miles of Wilderness. This is the most meaningful film we have ever seen.

We thought your first DVD was good. This one is even better! When it was over, I felt like I should be draining the water from my boots and wringing out my socks…. 😉 I admire your zen-like calmness when being “stalked” by that grizzly. I’m not sure I could have been so calm with that bear getting bigger and bigger in the view finder.

Your new DVD is FANTASTIC. My wife and I were completely blown away by that wonderful documentary you created. It was just beautiful. Not only was the photography top quality, the cinematography, the dialog, the content and technical editing were the best. My wife remarked it should be on National Geographic. I’ll pass the word about the DVD whenever I get the opportunity.

A great DVD to add to the collection. This DVD rivals “Alone in the Wilderness” (my all-time favorite.)

You can order my DVD by clicking here!



  1. Thanks for replying to my email a couple of weeks ago. I just returned home from working on our cabin on the Nizina River. I never thought about being a through hiker, was always focus on hunting. Very inspired by the new challenge and of your accomplishments. I have about 12 feet of maps stretched across my basement and have spent hours mapping a similar route using I also had great input from Gary Green from McCarthy Air who guided for Howard Knutsen for 17 years in that territory. Howard was one of the first to ever guide in the artic back in the early days. May have to section hike in 2 parts because of a hanger kit being sent to McCarthy and will have my brother and friends waiting. We’ll see. Thanks for the gear recommendation and the inspiration. Carl

    • Hi Carl,

      That’s awesome that you’re planning a big trip like that. Really fun looking at the maps and making plans, isn’t it?

      Thanks for the comment and have a great adventure!


  2. I am one who likes to get out there by myself. Your video 700 miles alone was the best I have ever seen.
    I appreciated it was self filmed and not some dude being followed by a full production crew. To see, film, and hunt,
    wildlife in what I call there living room is the only way to really appreciate it! You have really created a unique niche
    that for someone like me means a lot.


  3. Desiree Jolley

    July 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I’m a sourdough of Alaska and recently had a dream where I was hiking all of Alaska fallowing a path similar to yours except I do the whole state. I was wondering what advice you would give someone seriously interested in this. I’ve been hunting and fishing then lands since I was a kid and live in the center of the state where winter temps drop as low as -55 very few times colder then that. However Alaska has some very unpredictable weather and terrain and would like any insight I can.
    Thank you for your time

    • Hi Desiree,

      I think good route planning is important along with a sound resupply plan. A sat. phone would be a good idea. Other than that sufficient experience and sound judgement.

      Good luck!


  4. Hi Buck,
    We just watched Alone Across Alaska and it was fascinating. Put us on your list of available pack mules if you ever decide to do it again. :-) We thought building the raft for the river crosssing was genius. Not sure we would have thought of that. We learned lots of valuable tips from your narration. Thank you. We were curious what kind of camera did you record the trip with? And how were you able to locate the caches? It seems an almost impossible feat.

    Thanks again
    Ross Pokorny and Joan Prinaris

    • Hi Ross and Joan,

      I’m glad you liked it! The raft was fun, and it worked, too.

      I used a Canon Optura 600. Things change so fast that there are much better cameras available now.

      The caches that my buddy dropped were easy to find. I had a physical description of where they were and GPS coordinates. The two caches the air taxi dropped were hard to find. It was a very friendly, safe and helpful air taxi but their GPS coordinates were vague and the caches were placed in non-intuitive spots, seemingly in random places at the landing lakes. It wasn’t easy finding them! Caches left by someone else can be a big problem. It is vital to have a careful, clear location description using readily identifiable landmarks, and good, verified GPS coordinates using the same datum. With both, caches are usually easy to find. Pretty important, I’m sure you’ll agree!


  5. Thanks for passing that along!

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