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Bookings for the 2016 season are now being taken...

Our tours are customized to each individual client. We take into consideration each clients physical level of ability and what they are hoping to experience with Bush Alaska Expeditions then weave it all together for the best possible trip. (See Physical Requirements in the next column.) We take no more than 2 clients on any tour unless the client ask for a larger group.

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IN AMUNDSENS FOOTSTEPS

In February of 2016 Wayne is taking time off from guiding for Bush Alaska Expeditions to travel with 2 other explorers on a personal expedition that has long been his dream. They are embarking on an ambitious 700 mile expedition by dog sled in one of the coldest and remotest places on the planet.

In 1905 Roald Amundsen completed a 700 mile journey to tell the world of his successful navigation of the North West passage. For the first time in 111 years, a team of three people using sleds and huskies will retrace his footsteps. Amundsen also was the first explorer to reach the South Pole using dogs (of course) in his race to the pole against Robert Scott.

They will be comparing terrain and diary entries to shed light on the changes in exploration and the landscape over the last century, sharing their story with an educational program in schools and general public around the world.

This project is supported by The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) with a Neville Shulman Challenge Award.

They are looking for additional funding and support from companies or organizations wanting to associate themselves with education, the environment, exploration and adventure. They are also interested in other groups, schools and organizations that would like to become a part of the project.

Details of the expedition are below, we would love to discuss further the possibility of your support.

ABOUT THE EXPEDITION

Starting in February 2016 the expedition will take approximately 40 days. This will be a team of three people and 22 sled dogs. The expedition will be carried out in extreme temperatures in one of the most remote areas left on the planet. The link to our website is

In Amundsens Footsteps

EDUCATION

We have created an educational program connecting six schools in Canada, Alaska, Norway and the UK who will work together to bring a focus to climate change, geography and the history of exploration.

The program will broaden student's syllabuses, create exchange opportunities and enhance learning experiences in both isolated and populated schools.

Please get with us if you would like to discuss becoming involved in the educational program or helping with funding.

For more information and/or questions e-mail us at bushalaskaex@starband.net or bush_alaska_expeditions@hotmail.com

 

2015

Mallika Ranjan put together a great You Tube video of some of her tour. Click

http://youtu.be/9knhaaK160E

to see this video.

We had a wonderful 2015 season and hated to see it draw to a close. The clients were wonderful, trail conditions could not have been better and the dogs enjoyed all the time out on the trails.

NEW VIDEO

"A Quest for Adventure" and "Twenty-four Feet Across the Yukon," are two videos a gifted client, Court, has put together. His videos covers so much of what happens while on tour with us and a segment of the Eagle Checkpoint during the Yukon Quest 2014 Dog Sled Race and our son, Matt Hall's race.

http://www.vimeo.com/21423713 "Twenty-four Feet Across the Yukon"

http://www.vimeo.com/87437491 "A Quest for Adventure"

Check out the caribou migration crossing the Yukon near our homestead on our About Us & Blog page.

 

Our son, Matt Hall has some very awestruck parents and quite a fan following as he competed in theYukon Quest 1000 mile Dog Sled Race.

Feb 2014...Matt Hall finished with a very

strong team

in 3rd place and was awarded the Rookie of

the Year, The Spirit of the North and the

Vets Choice.

Follow his progress on our Face Book Page...

Facebook

Here are the links to his finish line interviews on YOU TUBE and YUAC!

Youtube

KUAC

Matt has a website going as he starts preparing for racing. If you get the chance check out Smoking Ace Kennels and/or see some of his racing career here on our web site at Matt's Racing

Our Blog has been moved to the About Us & Blog

Click here for Touring and KENNEL UPDATE/BLOG


Photos and details of our expedition trips have been moved to Expeditions & Photos to see more about our expedition trips and their photos.

 

 

Sled dogs enjoying back packing in the off season. 

 

Ever hear the one about not standing up in a canoe?

Aug 14, 2012...The second wave of suicidal porcupines have broken through the perimeter of the homestead and here is one of the wounded warriors.

 

 

June 17th...Happy Father's Day...Wayne is not too impressed with the gift the dogs gave him...

 

Personally, I am not either...a bear up a tree in the dog yard all night...Quiet PLEASE!

We have been enjoying travel on the river and came across an interesting discovery. Is it a new species...?

 

 

Cleaning out some paperwork I came across an interesting picture. Here is our very first Sierra Club Tour group waiting at the Eagle Air Strip for the charter flight to pick them up for their return to Fairbanks. Picture is compliments of Bob Thorton.

 

Just in case anyone thinks this is a serious picture...this was a fun loving group who had a great time setting this photo up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
 

 

 

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. NPS Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve. 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 Interior Wild-Life.

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 client.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

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 and David Helmer

Recommended reading:

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

Trip Advisor

March 2013 Dog Sledding Video by Mike and Katie Rabalais

http://www.vimeo.com/185789

New videos posted on line.

http://www.vimeo.com/9585808 .

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1112025 .

Two of our clients did a journal style review of our trip. Click on Alaska trip when the page opens.

http://www.abbucketlist.co.za.

Another journal style review.

http://www.trailspace.com/forums/trip-reports/topics/144056.html

Mallika Ranjan put together a great You Tube video of some of her tour. Click

http://youtu.be/9knhaaK160E

to see this video.

"A Quest for Adventure" and "Twenty-four Feet Across the Yukon," are two videos a gifted client, Court, has put together. His videos covers so much of what happens while on tour with us and a segment of the Eagle Checkpoint during the Yukon Quest 2014 Dog Sled Race and our son, Matt Hall's race.

Twenty-four Feet Across the Yukon

A Quest for Adventure

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.

http://www.vimeo.com/151967

VIEW A YOUTUBE VIDEO OF A 2008 EXTREME TRIP!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAqWKDkDJBI

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.

http://www.vimeo.com/185789

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhYc3yKS9P8&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVo6jWtr2Es&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF5QChCgX2s&feature=related

MEDIA ARTICLES:

New York Times Travel Magazine "The Great White Way" by Alix Browne in the November 20, 2005 issue.

http://travel.nytimes.com//185789

http://query.nytimes.com 

USA TODAY Travel>>Destinations "Dog Sledding Keeps Gliding Along, Snow or No Snow" by Laura Bly February 14, 2008

http://www.usatoday.com

Australian Financial Review, The Sophisticated Traveler Jan 2006

http://afr.com

MUSHING The Magazine of Dog-Powered Adventure July/Augush 2008 "Bush Alaska Expeditions" by Anita C. Strindberg

http://mushing.com  

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CONTACT: For more information and/or questions e-mail us at bushalaskaex@starband.net or bush_alaska_expeditions@hotmail.com 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.   


 

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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 him.

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

 

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