Mush your own sled dog team of Alaskan Huskies through the Alaska,
2017...looks like I have been very remiss at keeping track of this
page. I have a file of references but have not found the time to
put them on here the last couple of years so until I find the time
here is a link where you can go online to check out our current
I enjoyed three more weeks of winter(over 3 feet of snow)at
my cabin in upstate NY before having to head back to OHIO. I dreamt
of dog sledding every night for at least 2 weeks. Thanks so much
for your gracious hospitality - the adventure exceeded all expectations.
I call my cabin in NY "Almost Heaven" but your place is
a lot closer. Long ago I gave up trying to explain to less adventurous
friends and family why I go on wilderness trips and choose to endure
such "hardship". It is difficult to explain the allure
comprehend the intangible and indefinable nature of the experience
unless it has touched, altered or awakened you.
Sierra Club Tour 2008
Lingering images from a week with Bush Alaska Expeditions.
Several weeks after I’m home in San Diego, here are some the
sights and sounds that resound in my memory.
We bring out the dog harnesses. A few dogs, then more and more wildly
jump and bark “Pick me. Pick me.” Moments of dog-hysteria.
Then everyone is in line and I’m looking at Gator and Moxie,
my lead dogs. “Are we ready? Let’s Go.” And the
sled takes off.
Gator, Moxie, Scooter, Djembe, and Moby move out briskly. Gator,
all business, keeps the line taunt and us on the right trail. Moxie,
the second lead, nudges him playing around but does her share. Scooter,
team dog and group clown, swings wildly to the left jumping into
snow banks. Gator looks around. Is he giving Scooter or me the eye?
Djembe and Moby are my steady, hard-working wheel dogs. We glide
quietly forward. Expanses of river ice, hills of dead trees, huge
boulders and even larger sky. Exhilaration.
First time I miss the tree, make the turn, and slide down the hill
still standing on the runners—“Hurrah”.
Overflow. The dogs, sled and I sink deeper into the chilling water.
Boots fill. Gator tries to turn back, then goes forward, but Moby
goes on the opposite side of a large tree limb. Hung up. Dog sled
in back catches up to me and 3 dogs climb on me and sled, a safe
haven island of sorts. Guides Garf and Matt dash into the water.
Fire built, ice for water retrieved, dogs fed, people fed. Jane
and Matt suggest some games. Silliness and laughter.
Wayne Hall reads from A Land Gone Loneliness. This is about them,
their friends, their neighbors and the life they have chosen to
live. I’m awed.
Late night sky is clear, filled with stars. Earlier white auroras
streaked and vibrated across the darkness. Long gone. Others asleep.
Silence. Then in unison the wolf-ancestry dog’s begin to howl.
Thirty seconds, a minute, more? And as abruptly it stops. Silence.
I shiver. Peace. Sleep.
Sierra Club Tour 2008
I want thank you for the incredible experience that you helped provide
my father and me. It turned out to be far better than I ever could
have expected. The dogs were great, the runs were spectacular, the
country was breathtaking, the clothes were warm, and the food was
magnificent! The opportunity to participate in the day-to-day activities
really enhanced the whole experience and made me feel more like
a part of a team instead of like just another tourist. I will definitely
come back to run dogs with you all again soon.
Brent Minchew 2008
"I just came back from my second trip with Bush Alaska Expeditions.
The landscape of Interior Alaska was amazing as usual and Wayne, Scarlett and
their son, Matt (now doing some guide work himself), were great company again.
If anything, I had more fun than the first time."
Michael and I had a great time. I would like to come back again
may be 2010? We'll have to wait and see.
JOHN BOND SC 2008
Phone: (07) 3221 4766
Fax: (07) 3221 2806
Mobile: 0419 659 018
It's a testament to my experiences with you all & working
with the dogs that I was thinking of what I'd do next time even before I'd left
the US. Thanks again for your time, patience & expertise. In retrospect,
on the trail went beyond my expectations & it's a credit to
you all that I was a part of & that I able to benefit from, the personal relationships
you have developed with your "neighbours". The shared experiences amongst
new friends rather than a Client / Guide one where you show just show off the
scenery is what I'll remember. (Say hello to Earl & Sandy and Gaytan for me.)
Believe it or not, one of the things I quite enjoyed was our final day on the
rails returning from the 70 mile & helping to pull out the mining dozer bogged
at the creek crossing. (It felt good to be of
some use.) Do us a favor & chuck a extra fatball to Seela, Gator,
Cranny, Pedro, Toby & Rudy for me. No good deeds should go unrewarded.
If you wish you could add this to your reference page.
"Coming from Brisbane(Australia),there are few trips that live
up to expectations after having to endure 26 hours of flight-time, 6 security
checks, numerous time-zone changes and a 130ºF drop in ambient temperature.
If you are up for a challenge & want to experience the real Alaska with real
Alaskians rather than passively enjoying the scenery, Waye, Scarlett & Matt
from Bush Alaska Expeditions are the people to talk to."
Michael Long 2008
Morten Agnar Hagen and his wife Anita have enjoyed
Alaska and taken several trips with Bush Alaska Expeditions. They
are not new to the world of mushing as they have their own wonderful
team of Malamutes. Along with mushing expeditions they have climbed
some of the world’s highest mountains.
They have been and are proud sponsors of Team
Norway in the Iditarod and for Wayne and his Quest for 2009.
(+47) 22 46 10 98
Many thanks for leading the most exciting and
happy adventure anyone could ever have. I had an absolutely fabulous
time on my Sierra Club expedition with Bush Alaska. Great dogs,
great people, great adventure. And I know where of I speak. That
was my fifth dogsled adventure, and by far the biggest. Dan Peed
Sierra Club 2008
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for a wonderful trip this
past February. There are three things that I cherish and value in
life, wonderful people, a beautiful environment and really neat
dogs. All of you put this together for me and made a lasting memory.
Your hospitality, knowledge of the trails and skill on the sleds,
effort and skill in all logistics, care for the two legged and four
legged team members, great care in the safety of us all, great teaching
ability, sense of humor, calm demeanor, and wonderfully trained
pleasant dogs, were all outstanding. Thanks so much for the great
time and great experience.
Hope to see you soon,
Jane Borghese – Washington
Sierra Club Tour 2007 and again in 2008
"This was my fourth year running dogs and without question
this was the best experience I have had. Fabulous dogs, fabulous
scenery and most of all Wayne and Scarlett are fabulous people.
I wanted to do a race and with help of Scarlett's organizational
skills and Wayne's expert dog handling I ran a race, the Percy DeWolfe,
and with Wayne's help I surprised myself and finished second. Boy
did we celebrate when we got to Dawson City ! I can't say enough
about these guys and with Wayne's support I am now set to run in
one of the top mid-distance races in Alaska in January 2008. Wayne
and Scarlett Hall are truly very special people".
Mahwah, New Jersey 2007
This trip goes beyond an adventure vacation. You will learn to
feel comfortable in the cold, how to control a dog team and how
to have a bigtime fun on the trails just like the dogs! But also,
feeling totally involved in the simple but so challenging life is
an experience of highest value."
Joerg Sommers - Sierra Club Tour February 2007 and again in 2008
"I can whole heartedly recommend bush alaska
expeditions to anyone who has an interest in the
Alaskan wilderness, or wants to experience genuine
Having done a few dogsled trips in Alaka already, I wanted to find a trip where
I could travel alone with a guide, push myself a little and learn more about
wilderness skills. One of the best things about my two weeks trip was that Wayne
and Scarlett are able to tailor trips to
each client. You can be as intrepid, or as comfortable
(within reason,) as you like.
My trip with their guide, Matt Elmslie, was an
experience that I will never forget. Truly peaceful
and utterly wild. We were lucky enough to see a pack
of grey wolves ay close quarters, which was a long
held dream come true for me.
Like a lot of Bush alaska's clients, i will definately
repeat customer. And thanks again to wayne and scarlett for welcoming me into
their home, and to matt for sharing his skills, and his old time huskies dogs
We wanted to say what an INCREDIBLE time we had on our recent
dogsledding trip. Everyday brought new adventures and experiences
more wonderful than we could have ever imagined. We felt an utter
sense of peace when we were on the trail, and a feeling that we
had come home each evening. We learned so much about ourselves and
tested our limits in the elements - we're from the deep south, after
all. Most of all, we became wonderful, life-long friends with all
of you! For us, this was a life-changing experience that we will
always cherish. We hope to be back in 2009!
Jim and Kyla Ross
Atlanta, GA, Feb. 2007
I wanted to thank you for your generous hospitality, above and
beyond kindness, and incredible knowledge and experience that you
pass on to all. I had a wonderful vacation, never to be forgotten,
and you are all awesome people.
We had alot of snow in the mountains while I was gone, so yesterday
was spent digging out and running the puppies without a sled! Keep
me posted on all your doings, as I would love to stay in touch.
A big hug and so many thanks to you both,
Marty – Sierra Club 2007
It was great picking Don up at the airport because he talked non-stop
about you and your lives for a couple hours. He has never been so affected by
a trip before, really blew him out of the water - he is in a totally blissful
state (and often he comes back somewhat grumbly).
Don loves you guys and
I feel like I have gotten to know you some from the stories and the email. So,
I am sure we will stay in touch.
All the best,
Sarah – Sierra Club Trip Leader Don Murch 2007 and again in
It is hard to put into words how much we enjoyed our time with
you and how appreciative we are for the experience. Both of you
and Matt were all awesome. Deke said over and over how much the
experience exceeded his expectations, and I fully agree. Please
pass our appreciation on to Matt.
Finally, it was fun and inspiring to witness the obvious love and
concern you two have for each other. May God continue to pour his
blessings on you!
The world is round—as we travel life’s paths, I hope
we meet again!
Dean, Monclova, Ohio 43542- Sierra Club 2007
"If you want an adventure where the reality matches the advertising,
where the dogs are friendly, the weather cold, the food good and
the company great, then Wayne & Scarlett Hall's expeditions
are for you. I got everything I wanted out of my expedition, including
a real insight into what living in the Alaskan wilderness might
be like. I've already booked a return trip."
John Bond, Brisbane, Australia.
"My 23 year old son and I had the adventure holiday of a
lifetime with Wayne, Scarlett and Garf in Dec 2006 when we visited
them from Brisbane, Australia. The Hall's took us into their family
for 10 days while at the same time giving us a complete understanding
of life in the Alaskan wilderness, and a great insight into working
with their wonderful dogs.
However this was no 'dude ranch' holiday. Come physically prepared
and ready for adventure.
Mark and Simon Hipgrave
Australia, Dec 2006
"The trip took us to some of the most pristine and remote
places I've ever been to. The dogs were very well trained and Scarlett's
moose burritos were fantastic. After having done several extreme
adventure trips, I can tell you this was one of the most down to
earth, realistic trips I've ever done. Highly recommended to anyone
looking for the real thing."
Jaime de la Garza
“I enthusiastically recommend Bush Alaska Expeditions to
anyone interested in an authentic bush experience. His dogs, equipment,
bush craft, local knowledge, and teaching skills are superb. I say
this as someone who has been writing about Alaska adventure for
10 years, and also worked three years as a summer boatman for a
commercial river guide in the Brooks Range.”
LA Times National Correspondent
Author of the book “Yukon Alone”
“Charlie was so excited when he got home. I would like to
personally thank you for making his dream of a lifetime come true.”
Charlie Moore has returned many times and each trip is much looked
“Let me once again say thank you for the great trip (adventure)
and the hospitality you both showed Brenda and myself. The extra
time you shared with
me was much appreciated. Again thank you. You take care and stay
I wanted to write and say THANK YOU for hosting me in one of the
most incredible adventures of my life. Being outside with the dogs
and whizzing through the forest was truly invigorating, and the
peacefulness of the vast open space of the Yukon River just began
to give me an idea of the magnitude -- and solitude -- of the Alaskan
frontier. Your dogs are amazing, and they obvious love the running.
Your endless hospitality and warmth (and wonderful hearty food)
has stayed with me and will continue to do so for a lifetime...
Please give "my team" big hugs for me!
Laurel A. Segel
San Francisco-Sierra Club Tour
Per Nielsen has made many trips with Wayne and Bush Alaska Expeditions.
His wife, Metta has joined him on two trips and their son, Jesper
for one trip. Per and Metta were proud to sponsor Wayne in his 2006
Quest and will do so again in 2009.
“Another wonderful wilderness experience, fine weather,
good hard trails, friendly and hard working dogs. Thanks for everything!”
“ Only in interior Alaska can one have such a unique experience
as this. My final evaluation of the whole trip was complete fulfillment
of those lifelong dreams.”
My trip with you is beyond description, beyond words in my vocabulary.
You are a wonderful couple and I was so blessed to have been led
to Bush Alaska Expeditions during my first investigations for my
trip. The experience of traveling to Dawson, Canada by dog sled
was a once in a lifetime event and one that will live forever in
my memories. Staying in old trapper’s cabins with a wood stove,
a table and perhaps a bed, all you needed, made the trip even more
You were both so willing to answer my endless questions and are
so knowledgeable about Alaska and its wilderness, whether it is
wildlife, plant life, water, ice or how to make a life in the bush.
Yet, you also allowed plenty of silence to fall, to truly take in
our surroundings and the peacefulness of sharing in such beauty.
The food was excellent and we certainly never went hungry.
Your dogs are wonderful and friendly and will always hold a special
place in my heart. Each had such different personalities, but worked
together so well to keep me on the trail and get me up and down
those hills! Surprising to me, they even listened to my commands!
It was an absolutely wonderful feeling to have them take me out
while leaving you both and your teams behind. I will never forget
that feeling of pride and accomplishment in “my” team.
Thank you both so much for a wonderful two weeks!
Cloudland, GA 30731
It’s Saturday night – I’m in a motel room in
Fairbanks and your somewhere on the trail to Dawson. I think I know
who has the better deal and it’s not me! I can’t believe
how much I miss waking up in a tent/cabin, stepping outside to see
the dogs, that exhilaration of leaving camp, and the wonder of spending
the day with the teams, in such wonderful silence, solitude and
beauty. I miss the air, the water, the views, the joy, the peace,
the dogs and you.
I really cannot say it enough, THANK YOU for taking me into your
world and letting me be a part of it.
Mary Graham – England
Truly this has been the most extraordinary week ever – so
many firsts and dear new friends, two and four-legged, to feed one’s
memory bank for years.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness, patience
Leslie Clarke – Florida
RECOMMENDATION: I can definitely recommend that one NOT cry while
dogsledding. On the way to the airport, I realized this was my last
time on the dogsled and I began to cry. It was cold and hard to
see. I only get my adventures once so they are very precious to
me. Thank you for making this experience possible.
Debbie Clymer – Washington
What an incredible time you enabled me to experience last week!
My trip to Alaska was one that will always stand out in my life's
experience. And the dogs. They are such amazing creatures. My eyes
well up just thinking about them. I am still somewhat speechless,
still processing the whole experience, but I do know that it was
and will remain (despite all the experiences to come) one of the
most special times in my life.
Juliet Guzzetta – New York 2006
Thank you again so much for the incredible adventure of a lifetime
and sharing your lives with us. It was a week we will never forget.
Look forward to seeing you again.
Bob & Carole Thornton
Sierra Club Trip 2007
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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