I'm four weeks out from a self-supported float trip flying out of Coldfoot, river to be determined based on water/weather/etc., and noticing what looks like a later than usual break-up and a colder than usual spring. I've looked at the usual web sources, in particular the water levels and the River Forecast Center's break-up log (http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov). As a flatlander from Outside, not sure if this should mean anything to me in terms of planning. We expect that we'll get great beta from our air taxi on the eve of the trip, of course. But definitely seems later than past years.
Anyway, regarding break-up, is it simply too early to mean much? Or would it be wise for me to scope out some base camp options and/or target more south slope rivers? Or is this good news in that we'll likely have more flow due to being on the front end of break-up?
Just wondering if I should be doing something in terms of maps, gear, etc. as we prepare. Any insight welcomed...including suggestions to just sit tight and see what happens! Thanks.