Photo by Angus MillDerived from a lifelong passion to explore the Arctic by dogteam, Joe Henderson and his team of malamutes has taken dogmushing and Arctic exploration to a new level. Never in recorded history has anyone traveled solo for 4-5 months in one of the most brutal environments on earth with a dogteam without resupply, or even so much as seeing another person. Joe and his team has broken several dogmushing records and has accomplished what was said by many to be impossible.

"A dog's iron will and a person's spirit combined is a formidable force. They become one team, one being, one cohesive unit working together to overcome what was believed to be impossible."
-Joe Henderson-

Joe also is a pioneer in dog mushing and has perfected a method of travel that is unprecedented in modern times. Joe attributes his ability to travel and break new trail in 3-6 feet deep snow to his innovative training methods, gear, and his new sled dog hitch system. His dogmushing techniques are gaining popularity among Iditarod racers and dogmushers from around the world. Joe mostly attributes his success however, to his Alaskan malamutes which in his words "are the toughest minded and intelligent dogs on earth".

Alaskan Arctic expeditions began 33 years ago in the small village of Wiseman Alaska, population 25 people. To quote Joe, "Our malamutes were used as the primary source of transportation in winter and were comprised mostly of dogs that were unwanted by other mushers because of various reasons including, too big and slow, or viciously mean but nonetheless they became part of our family and team." Eventually Joe's well trained team and his training skills caught the attention of movie scouts who were searching for dogs to be featured in the 1990 Walt Disney movie White Fang. Joe worked on the movie for three months as an actor double, dog trainer, stunt double, and sled dog coordinator but it didn't take long after the movie for Joe to lose interest in the Hollywood spotlight and return to his true passion-exploring the Arctic by dogteam.

Since then, he has established one of the most resilient, hard-core malamute dog sledding teams in modern times. He shares a special bond with his team and each dog. But Joe still attributes %100 of his success to his dogs. To quote Joe, "All the dogs are part of our family."

"Ordinary dogs have accomplished extraordinary things because they didn’t know they couldn’t" -Joe Henderson-

Joe's mission is to share his 35 years of knowledge and experience in the outdoors and inspire people to explore, experience outdoor adventure and appreciate our planet's diverse natural environment. Also, Joe feels a strong sense of urgency to preserve the traits that are required for purebred Alaskan malamutes to work and live in Alaska's arctic. Alaskan malamutes are one of the most ancient dog breeds on earth and their arctic survival traits will soon be extinct if action to preserve them isn't immediately taken.

"When both an animal and a person recognize that their survival depends on each other there is no longer a dominate role of either person or animal. They work and live together as one unit. Emotions are felt between them like they are one being. When one suffers or feels joy so does the other." -Joe Henderson-

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