I was waiting to see if anyone else who has made the passage
would chime in - there are quite a few folks around who had now done it. If you get really serious about doing it PM me and I can give you a couple contacts and e-mail addresses.
A typical E to W route
would include Nuuk, Sisimiut, Upernarvik (all in Greenland), Beechey Island, Resolute, Gjoa Haven, Cambridge Bay, Tuktoyaktuk, Nome, Dutch Harbor.
needed is the normal cold weather
(1) HF/SSB radio
does not work very well at those latitudes and you really need an iridium phone
(or other sat phone
system) to get the ice reports.
(2) A 10' pole with spike is very useful for pushing ice away from the bow.