Posted on December 13, 2017 under General, Photography, Trip Reports
5 Trips to see Caribou in Alaska
Caribou and photographer in Alaska. Mario Davalos Photograph

Great herds of caribou are a powerful symbol of the Arctic, and camping amongst them is an experience of a lifetime. But their movements are erratic and notoriously hard to predict making it difficult to encounter this wildlife spectacle. After 20 years of guiding in northern Alaska we have developed several trips to help you…

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Posted on April 11, 2017 under General, Trip Reports
A Civilized Place
Arctic refuge landscape midnight sun

In any civilized place it would have been time to wind-down the day and head for bed. But being 100 miles above the Arctic Circle on the summer solstice with the sun refusing to set and the tundra shimmering with the fresh greens of spring, we had other ideas. It had already been an adventurous…

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Posted on July 20, 2015 under Photography, Trip Reports
Wildlife Photography in Alaska

We had the honor to guide Mario Davalos, a photographer from the Dominican Republic this summer. His dream was to photograph 3 iconic species and their wilderness homes. Over the winter we discussed various options for his trip and eventually settled on three locations where we had had good experiences finding wildlife on previous expeditions….

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Posted on February 19, 2015 under General, Trip Reports
Winter Filming in Alaska
winter tent in Alaska

As the late-morning sun shone golden light on the tops of snow-covered spruce trees, the silence of the boreal forest was interrupted by my startled yelp and curse as I “burned” my hand, ungloved for a moment, on the axe head. Skin sizzles audibly on contact with metal at -45 F. Arctic Wild has long…

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Posted on December 19, 2014 under General, Photography, Trip Reports
Alaska Walrus- Trip Report
Alaska Walrus

After all of my years guiding in the most remote, beautiful, wild places, I had still never seen a walrus until last summer. It takes a concerted effort and hours flying to see walrus, but it is absolutely worth it. After searching for the ideal location to observe and photograph Pacific walrus we have found a…

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Posted on September 29, 2014 under Conservation, General, Trip Reports
Why travel to the Arctic?

Why do we take people to the Arctic? This summer we guided a group from the Sierra Club including the Sierra Club’s Executive Director Michael Brune on the Aichilik River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This video, made from their trip, perfectly captures why we love sharing the Arctic.

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Posted on November 14, 2013 under General, Photography, Trip Reports
Kelly River Evening

This is re-posted from our guide David Shaw’s blog Wild Imagination Journal It was August 30. Though that is still summer in much of the country, in northern Alaska, autumn was in full swing. I was guiding my final trip of the season, a week-long canoe trip down the Kelly River. The Kelly is a…

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Posted on November 07, 2013 under General, Trip Reports
Caribou in the Western Brooks Range

I really had no intention of walking right into the middle of the herd. There was no stalk, no stealth and I didn’t even have my camera. Then, much to my surprise, and to theirs, we were all standing on top of the ridge together, sunshine glittering off the thin snow and frozen tussocks. I…

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Posted on October 10, 2013 under General, Trip Reports
Family Rafting

What does a river guide do when Arctic Wild’s busiest summer ever comes to an end? Dinner and a movie? No. Luxurious hotel and spa? Nope. He goes rafting with his family of course. Just as soon as Arctic Wild’s last trip of the summer wrapped up in mid-September, We (Michael, Sally and our two…

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Posted on May 06, 2013 under General, Photography, Trip Reports
Shopping for Porcupine

Ok, so I ripped off the title for this trip report from Seth Kantner’s excellent book of essays about growing up in the “bush” in the Northwest Arctic. But I think he’d be ok with it since we guided this trip together, and we were in fact, shopping for porcupine. Let me explain; German cinematographer…

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Posted on April 30, 2013 under General, Trip Reports
Winter Camping in the Brooks Range

Spring is late this year across Alaska, and our Gates of the Arctic Base Camp Adventure got to experience full winter conditions in the Arctic. Strong winds and sub-zero temperatures didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our party as we explored the area around Itkillik Lake last week. With woodstove-heated tents, a well provisioned kitchen and…

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Posted on February 05, 2013 under General, Trip Reports
Back from Antarctica

Bill and I spent most of January guiding in Antarctica. It is great to be back home but we had a fantastic trip to the Antarctic Peninsula working for Cheeseman Ecology Safari. One of the highlights for me was seeing an Arctic Tern. I’m humbled to think of those little birds flying from Alaska’s tundra…

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Posted on December 19, 2012 under General, Trip Planning Resources, Trip Reports
Alaska Winter Adventure Trip

Alaskans are a devious bunch. We do everything we can to tell the world about how terribly cold and miserable winter in Alaska is. We brag about the -50 temperatures in the Interior, the howling winds on the North Slope and the 30+ feet of snow that fell last winter on the coast. But what…

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Posted on November 29, 2012 under General, Trip Reports
Walrus Viewing in Alaska

We are very excited by our newest wildlife focused trip. Next July we plan on visiting the Alaska Peninsula to view and photograph Pacific Walrus in one of the most reliable haul-outs in Alaska. Just getting to this far flung beach on the Bering Sea coast will be an adventure, and once we set-up our…

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Posted on March 29, 2012 under General, Trip Reports
Why I Love the Kongakut River

By Michael Wald Co-Owner and Guide The Kongakut River in northeastern Alaska is one of my favorite rafting trips of all time. Most trips on the Kongakut River, and there are quite a few, are on the upper canyon section in June. The Kongakut that I love is the part that sees very few people…

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Posted on February 11, 2012 under General, Photography, Trip Reports
Arctic Wild Presents:

I had the wrong dates in my previous posting. Here are the correct dates for the Washington State Slideshows. -MW February 27th, Seattle, WA Unexplored Alaska The Sierra Club has invited us to come to Seattle and give a presentation about exploring the Western Brooks Range. Come see pictures of the least visited part of…

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Posted on February 08, 2012 under General, Photography, Trip Reports
Arctic Wild Presents:

February 27th, Seattle, WA Unexplored Alaska The Sierra Club has invited us to come to Seattle and give a presentation about exploring the Western Brooks Range. Come see pictures of the least visited part of Alaska and learn about the natural history and conservation of the area. Great pictures. Wild stories. Don’t miss it. For…

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Posted on February 07, 2012 under General, Trip Reports
Bears of the Katmai Coast

Katmai Bears– Trip Report by Michael Wald Bears of the Katmai Coast July 6- 10 , 2012 Katmai National Park in southwest Alaska has some of the biggest brown bears in Alaska, and with rich salmon streams, sedge meadows and clam beds to feed the bruins, Katmai has more bears than almost any other place…

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Posted on January 30, 2012 under General, Trip Reports
Kaktovik Whales

A VERY SPECIAL DAY IN KAKTOVIK by Moe Witschard   This past September, after guiding my final Arctic Wild trip of the season, I found myself at the Okpilak/ Hulahula Delta with two friends, getting picked up from an 11 day personal trip.  We were met by our Inupiat friend Eddie, who gave us a…

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Posted on January 04, 2012 under General, Photography, Trip Reports
Best of 2011

Happy New Year. Our best photos of 2011 can be seen in a short slideshow below. We had a wonderful year exploring Alaska’s great wilderness and are looking forward to another summer of adventure. Contact us to start planning your trip in 2012. [youtube]http://youtu.be/OdBjikUuEbE[/youtube] If you would like a DVD of the slideshow, let me…

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Posted on December 12, 2011 under General, Trip Reports
Aleutian Hot Spring Adventure

In July 2011, a fun-loving group of friends hired Arctic Wild to guide them on a wild and far-flung adventure in the eastern Aleutians. We spent a week camping on a remote beach; from our base camp we explored the steep and lush mountains, walked the beaches, fished the creek and, of course, soaked in…

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Posted on September 23, 2011 under General, Trip Reports
Arctic Immersion

Many of our clients sign-up for combination trips each summer. Usually they join one of our backpacking trips and segue into a canoe or rafting adventure so they can spend some more time in the arctic and cover some more ground. This June one intrepid traveler went whole hog and combined three trips for a…

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