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 May 07, 2015 under Conservation, General, Natural History
Spring at the Top of the World
Eiders migrate past Barrow Alaska

I spent the last week, the last week of April, working on the frozen Chukchi Sea, helping train a group of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society who are studying eider ducks.   Their goal is to count the hundreds of thousands of King and Common Eiders that migrate past Barrow each spring to update the…

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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 January 17, 2015 under General
Same Great Trips- Great New Website
New Website for Arctic Wild

We have launched a new and improved website and we are very proud of it. The new site shows off beautiful photos taken on our trips and hopefully makes it easier for you to find out about our trips. Like a great trip, a great website requires meticulous attention to detail and many hours of work and preparation….

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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 April 30, 2014 under General, Trip Planning Resources
Training for your Alaska Backpacking Trip

You need not be an Olympian to join and enjoy one of Arctic Wild’s backpacking trips, but you will have lots more fun if you do some training and strengthening before your trip. The thing that sets an Alaska backpacking trip apart is the lack of constructed trails. You will be hiking on river bars…

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Posted on April 10, 2014 under Conservation, General, Natural History
Kasegaluk Lagoon

    On the very edge of the earth, where the coastal tundra melts into the Chukchi Sea in a watery tangle of streams, bays, lakes and lagoons is a world of austere beauty, vibrant with life. Kasegaluk Lagoon is rich beyond compare in Arctic Alaska. The long list of descriptors for the area only…

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Posted on March 28, 2014 under General, Trip Planning Resources
Best Boats for Fly-in River Trips in Alaska

Alaska has over 3,000 rivers, most of which are not accessible from the road. If you want to canoe or raft these rivers, chances are you’re going to need a boat that fits into an airplane. So what is the best boat for an Alaska fly-in river? After decades of running northern Alaska’s rivers here…

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