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Check out our Bush Alaska Expeditions Dog Sled Page on Facebook to view some of our current training videos. Please note that some of the video is on very advanced trails that most of our clientele will not be seeing but it is great training for the dogs.

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The 2015 Season has a few dates

still open for tours.

The 2015 winter season is fast approaching and we are busy taking bookings. We still have dates in January and the first week of February available for a customized tour with our company. There is also the possibility of a tour in the early part of March.

Early October snowfall has the dog enthusiastically training and enjoying the trails around the homestead.

 

2015 SEASON BOOKING NOW

FOR CUSTOMIZED TOURS!

Book now for the 2015 season...we customize our tours to our clientele's level of ability and physical comfort so we are able to work with beginners to advanced. Don't hesitate to get with us with any questions and to see what we can offer you for a truely wonderful experience.

Please note that while we customize our tours to our clients abilities but then each year we also do 1 or 2 extreme trips where we invite select clients to return and do a trip that is very challenging physically and mentally.

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 first extreme trip of 2014 began February 18th with 6 teams heading out in beautiful weather. SPOT cords will be posted below so you can follow each days camp sites and locations.

They completed the first 45 miles without incident. That evening they learned that ahead of them was extremely deep snow and moose that were hugging the river and not wanting to leave.

Feb 19th...Temps have stayed cold on the group. Last night as they camped about 40 miles up the Nation River the mercury dropped to minus 54.

Feb 20th...The dog teams are now in the process of climbing over the pass from Nation River to Kandik River. They are approximately 10 miles into this pass. Temps tonight for them were minus 30 and dropping. The teams...people and dogs are all doing well. They met up with the snowmachiners that were attemping to put in trail as they hauled a drop of dog food into the upper Nation.

Charlie and Earl have had such deep snow conditions that they have been out in front of their machines with snow shoes for the past 3 days but have finally gotten out of the difficult ravine and are now into some easier trail conditions.

February 21st...All team members met up at a remote cabin on the Kandik River. The snowmachines are going to go on today and the dogs are taking a day off as the last day in deep, soft snow was hard on their feet. It is still extremely cold but all are doing fine.

February 23rd has had the team exploring and camping out on the Kandik River. Conditions on the pass between Kandik and the Black River were not negotiable so the team has rerouted and are working out other travel plans. All team members and dogs are doing good and are happy with the way things are going. Temperatures are still very cold on the group. I am not envious of the ones staying in the single wall tent in the extreme cold they have had.

February 24th the team has returned to a remote cabin for the night. Temps are still cold at minus 25 and dropping. The northern lights have been gracing the night sky and the crew is doing fine and having fun. Tomorrow they will cross back over into the Nation River drainage and then spend a few days exploring around some creek drainages there before starting home.

Feb 25...has the teams dropping back over into the Nation River Drainage. They encountered overflow today so are busy working to dry out gear and dog booties. All are doing well and the dogs are great.

Earl and Charlie their front running snow machine support have come back through here and will be in Eagle by 8 pm.

The group initiated an airplane rescue of a dog that was in extremely bad condition. The individual who had the dog in a remote area had already had one dog die on him and Moby is hanging on by a thread. The group decided to step in and fly the dog out as the owner was going to leave him alone for 3 days unattended. He is on 1/2 cup soaked dog food 4 times a day with small amounts of water in between in the hopes of getting some food and hydration back into him. We do not have the capability to get an IV into him so are hoping that as he is eating and drinking that we can hydrate him that way.

Feb 26...the guessing game begins. Last night I was able to hear Wayne on the sat phone but not tonight. All I can do is look at the SPOT and try to guess their next move. The last plan I heard from them was to have them exploring the Nation for a few days but overflow on some of the side drainages and a bit on the Nation may have changed those plans.

As a follow up I am sad to report that Moby had congestive heart failure and the decision was made to let him pass in loving arms. I am glad the group flew him out of the remote area and he spent his last hours with friends and love.

Feb 27th...the crew is on their way back and will be staying on the Tatonduk tonight and the going up the 70-Mile and spending a night there before returning home on Saturday, March 1st. They have had a good trip and enjoyed the experience of traveling into new territories.

Feb 18th near the mouth of the Nation River

Night 1

Feb 19th was about 30 miles up the Nation River. No SPOT was received.

Feb 20th was a camp on the pass between Nation and Kandik Rivers

Night 3

Feb 21 and 22 a remote cabin on the Kandik River

Nights 4 , 5 and 7

Night 8

Night 9

 

 

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.

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

Our first extreme trip is about to get underway as Scarlett fights a computer virus. More news to come on that.

The tour season is going well.

Our Blog has been moved to the About Us & Blog

Click here for Touring and KENNEL UPDATE/BLOG

 

 

March 2013 Dog Sledding Video by Mike and Katie Rabalais

http://www.vimeo.com/185789

 

 

Our 2014 season is booked and we are

reservations for the 2015 season now!

We are in the process of planning 2 Extreme/Wilderness dog sled expeditions this coming year specifically geared for high adventure including the possibility of very difficult trails, Alaska weather extremes and physically/mentally demanding situations. Please note these are in addition to our regular tours.

If your profile can meet the requirements to participate as a client/team member on either of these expeditions please express your interest with us ASAP due to logistical considerations on our part.

The routings in the planning stages are...

Yukon/Charley River Expedition...approximately 14 days - level of difficulty strenuous. Timing will be in late March to early April.

Nation/Black River Expedition...approximately 14 days if you do both legs of the expedition or 7 days if you choose to only do half the expedition, in which case you would fly in or out of a remote landing strip. Level of difficulty possibly very strenuous. Tentative dates are Feb 17 to March 3.

Due to complex logistics dates, costs and details are still under consideration.

WINTER WILDERNESS ARCTIC SURVIVAL

COURSES in addition to our regular customized tours.

In this course you will learn to mush your own dog team of Alaskan Huskies through varying degrees and levels of difficulty. In a land that for the unprepared can be unforgiving, for the prepared a marvelous experience. The terrain will cover river drainages, woods and boreal forests. The surroundings of your class-room would be one of the most extreme wilderness environments and eco-systems left on earth…real hands on experience traveling and camping with your guide and your own dog team. Live, travel and camp the same as the Alaska Pioneers did over a hundred years ago as they searched for gold and trapped for fur in what was one of the richest gold mining areas on the continent. Travel with your dogs could take you to old gold camps and trapline cabins dating back to the historic gold rush era of 1897.

Itinerary includes

1. Navigate your dog team through deep snow and unbroken trail.
2. How to care for yourself and your dogs in dangerous conditions.
3. Learn how to “Read” dangerous ice and spots to avoid.
4. Build a survival fire in minutes at minus 50 F.
5. How to travel comfortable even in extreme temps down to minus 50 F. This could be a true hand on experience if the temps are extreme while you are training.
6. Where and how to tent camp including survival shelters.
7. Wildlife behavior, animal tracks and trapping (if desired).
8. Survival hunting – dressing and preparing of small game.
9. How to find water and/or melting snow and ice for your dogs and yourself.
10. Historical and traditional skills of native culture can also be discussed and demonstrated.

When you have completed this adventure in arctic survival, living off of and on the land experiencing first hand all of Alaska’s wonders, from the aurora borealis to its natural eco-system you will become one of the small minority that have…”Connected with the Land.”

Mike McDougall will be the guide for these courses and you can read his bio on theAbout Us Page.

The cost for these courses are our normal costs which are listed on our Trips Page.

App dates are Jan 13 to 20 and Feb 19 to 26. FEBRUARY DATES ARE FILLED.

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

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

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.

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. 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 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 Mike McDougal 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.

 

"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"

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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