Major canoeing author and outdoorsman Cliff Jacobson will be floating a portion of the Noatak (roughly 160 miles) starting July 20th until roughly August 16th. I believe this will be his first expedition in the State of AK. The majority of his remote trips have been in Canada and the Canadian Arctic. His "Expedition Canoeing" book has some good canoe related tips and advice. He'll have to revise that one after running an Alaskan river IMO.