Mush your own sled dog team of Alaskan Huskies through the Alaska,
Yukon Wilderness. Our adventures and custom trips specialize in
extreme wilderness travel using highly trained Alaskan huskies.
This area of Alaska is one of the most remote locations left on
earth and includes the Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve, which
is a 2.2 million acres protected wilderness area. http://www.nps.gov/yuch/planyourvisit/dog-mushing.htm.
Bush Alaska Expeditions has the only "Commercial Use Authorization"
to run dog teams within the Yukon/Charley wilderness area.
There are expeditions above tree line over mountain summits, along
creek and river drainages and into boreal forests. Our specialty
is "PRIVATE CUSTOMIZED TOURS."
Because a true wilderness experience becomes tainted with a large group or
"party," we limit our tours to one or two clients plus
your guide. (Except on special request for a larger group, by you.)
You can customize your tour to your own personal physical abilities
and expectations which can include day trips and simple overnight
adventures in a tent camp or an original miner/trap line cabin dating
back to the early part of the century or you can experience a full-blown
expedition as long as you want, mushing into country inhabited only
by God's creations, including caribou and wolves.
Along with the experience of riding the runners behind the dogs,
you can spend time hiking, skiing, ski joring, snow boarding, aurora
watching, (on clear nights the northern lights often grace the sky),
or just kicking back in a relaxed, remote location.
While you are here you will be exposed to a variety
of hazards and risks, which are inherent in each trip and cannot
be eliminated without destroying the unique character of what you
want to experience. Rescue and medical
facilities are not easily available. Take note the closest doctor
or hospital is over 350 air miles from your dog tour starting point
at our cabin. Your physical conditioning is essential for
your safety. Medical help could be days away!
Your dog sled adventure begins in the small town of Eagle where
we will make our way 6 miles down the Yukon River to the home cabin, as
there are no roads to our homestead, located deep in the interior/boreal
forest, and continue on to our fall dog training camp situated
high on the tundra of American Summit above tree line and beyond.
If the timing is right you can run your dog team among thousands
of migrating caribou--with wild-life viewing possibilities ranging
from exotic Alaskan Sable to Lynx, Moose, Wolves and other Alaskan
Due to the nature of this total wilderness environment the country
does not allow for luxury accommodations. However our tours
range from log cabins to hard-core tent camps set up in mountain
ranges accessible only by dog team. We specialize in primitive
expedition type travel by dog team. Typical clientele are
athletic type sports enthusiasts looking for a challenging adventure
to test themselves in a harsh environment which includes an
element of risk.
If you are into a fun type sledding experience, that does not require
an extreme level of physical fitness, we have trails and very rustic
cabins in remote areas that also include everything the expedition
type tours offer with-out the inherent risk and physical requirements.
All tours are custom designed to your specifications for each selected
Because our tours are customized to meet specific requests from
each individual client our physical requirements will vary considerably
for each tour or expedition. Because of the very nature of our remote,
wilderness location what we might call an easy trail can be in extreme
circumstances an intermediate or even advanced trail for 95% of
other dog tour businesses.
Even a custom tour geared to a beginner requires a decent level
of physical fitness. A beginner in good shape can move to intermediate
level in just a couple of days...age is not a discriminatory factor.
We have friends in their 70's that we would take on tour.
If you cannot jog/walk 2 miles in less than half an hour
then you should consider a Fairbanks or Anchorage connection for
your dog tour. Riding a sled is a physical endeavor. You
don't just stand on the runners as you are in constant motion and
good balance is a must. You have to be prepared to take falls and
they can be hard or easy falls depending on what you fall on. When
going up a steep slop you need to be able to step off and if not
push the sled up at least jog up behind it while still holding on.
This takes some of the weight off the dogs.
Expeditions require a much higher level of physical fitness. Expedition
clientele are selected.
Many times your fitness level will determine which trail system
your guide will take you on. It is important for us to know ahead
of time your fitness level and/or limitations...also important to
you for your enjoyment of the tour.
GUIDES: Wayne Hall, Scarlett
Hall, Matt Hall, Nate Beckern Mike McDougal and David Helmer
A Land Gone Lonesome Author Dan O'Neill
Yukon Alone by John Balzar
Coming into the Country by John McPhee
Dog Driver by Miki and Juliei Collins
See our page on Trip Advisor
March 2013 Dog Sledding Video by Mike and Katie Rabalais
New videos posted on line.
Two of our clients did a journal style review of our trip. Click
on Alaska trip when the page opens.
Check out a neat video, "Twenty-four Feet Across the
Yukon," that one of our clients, Court, has put together. His
video covers so much of what happens while on tour with us.
VIEW AN 8 MINUTE VIDEO: Sierra Club member Mickey
Murch made this video in Feb 2007 while on a Sierra Club Tour with
us. The clip is called Metabolic Transportation and is on vimeo.
To watch the video, once the page pulls up, click the starting
arrow on the window.
VIEW A YOUTUBE VIDEO OF A 2008 EXTREME TRIP!
View a video of some advanced mushing with direction from
guide, Matt Emslie: Sometimes mushing can get difficult
and exhilarating as this video of Louise directing her team and
working her sled around a narrow ledge of ice on an exploratory
trip into the headwaters of Eagle Creek. Once the page opens up,
click on the starting arrow on the window.
View 3 clips from the 2009 Herchal Island Expedition.
These clips are from areas that are within our normal routes and
might be something that you would like to experience. We customize
our trips and routing to what you want to experience and the difficulty
level that we feel is best suited to your abilities.
New York Times Travel Magazine "The Great White Way"
by Alix Browne in the November 20, 2005 issue.
USA TODAY Travel>>Destinations "Dog Sledding Keeps Gliding
Along, Snow or No Snow" by Laura Bly February 14, 2008
Australian Financial Review, The Sophisticated Traveler Jan 2006
MUSHING The Magazine of Dog-Powered Adventure July/Augush 2008
"Bush Alaska Expeditions" by Anita C. Strindberg
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or write us at: Bush Alaska Expeditions, P O Box 161, Eagle,
AK 99738. No incoming phone calls due to the remote location
but there is Internet access via satellite. Phone calls can
be arranged via computer and satellite.
May 23 has had the dogs very excited with 2 unusual visitors into
the dog yard. On at least 5 visits that Wayne and I witnessed a
lone white wolf came calling. This has had us pondering the question
of is it safe to allow the beautiful animal such close proximity
to the dogs? There are many stories about such visits and some have
bad endings but many have interesting and wonderful endings. Ours
was a good ending. The wolf meandered about showing no aggression
towards the dogs or us. He has not visited in the past 3 days. Neither
Wayne nor I thought to grab the camera in our excitement at getting
to watch him.
Now last night and today is a different story! This bear has no
problem allowing us all the time we need to practically pose him
for shots. As long as he stays to the trails we are going to enjoy