Posted on January 10, 2014 under General
What is in a name?

My new favorite book is one I’ve wanted for a long time, the Dictionary of Alaska Place Names. Alaska place names range from practical to whimsical, and almost always tell a story. I’ve learned a little bit about some of the places where we spend time in the arctic… Kasegaluk Lagoon– from Inupiat “Kasegelik” meaning…

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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 June 02, 2013 under General, Trip Planning Resources
Flying with Alaska’s Best Pilots

Most of Alaska is roadless wilderness. We love it that way, but it does make it difficult to get around. Fortunately there are some wonderful pilots with capable aircraft which allow us to travel widely throughout Alaska’s great wilderness. If you are joining one of our guided wilderness trips in Alaska, we will take care…

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Posted on May 15, 2013 under General, Trip Planning Resources
3 Tips for Safe Flying in Alaska

We spend much of our summer loading and unloading “bush planes” for trips into the most remote portions of Alaska. If you are joining one of our guided wilderness trips in Alaska, we will take care of arranging safe and efficient flights for you. If you choose to do a trip on your own, here…

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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 April 05, 2013 under General, Natural History
Snowy Owls

It has been a couple of years since I last saw a snowy owl and I miss being startled by a distant white object, I’ve taken for a snow patch suddenly taking wing and gliding low over the tundra. Snowy Owls are arcticophiles and I enjoy the years when they seem abundant across northern Alaska….

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Posted on March 14, 2013 under General
Spring winds blow

The north wind is blowing here today. It feels like the last of winter moving out, making room for spring and all of its mossy green moisture and bird chatter. We are heading up to the Brooks Range earlier than usual this year. We are supporting a film project in Cape Krusenstern in mid-April and…

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