The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an icon of exploration and one of the world's most remote places, deserves our collective attention.
As we reflect on Earth Week, we're looking back at the expedition of six young creators to this vastly beautiful landscape, led by our team athlete and Arctic advocate, Kit DesLauriers.
For these creators, it was more than a first expedition—it was a powerful introduction to the Arctic Refuge's connection to climate change and human rights.
THE NEXT GENERATION OF EXPLORERS
Home to the greatest variety of plant and animal life in the circumpolar north, land of the indigenous Gwich’in and Inupiat people, and what some call the “last great reserve” of untapped oil in the US, The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is under threat. Alaska has always been a special place for The North Face. In 1972, we sent our first fully supported expedition to the Brooks Range to protest a proposed pipeline in the area. We’ve been back countless times over the years, but now that it’s threatened again, we took a special trip to the region to experience the land and people connected to the Refuge.