Joe Henderson and his team of malamutes explore some of the world’s most pristine lands, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The purpose of the expeditions is to explore the vast expanses of Alaska’s North Slope country, view the unique wildlife, and experience raw adventure. Additionally, Joe records snow depth and ground condition data along with photographical documentation of an otherwise undocumented landscape in wintertime to benefit scientific research and provide a reference for future generations.
Joe has spent over 32 winters in Alaska’s backcountry with his malamutes and has yet to see it all. To quote Joe, “I’ve mushed tens of thousands of miles in Alaska’s arctic and have only seen a portion of it. It would take two-hundred years to cover it all. I just wish I had two, maybe three lifetimes to explore it.”
Would you like to join Joe and the team on an Arctic Expedition?
Every few years, Joe welcomes clients to share his arctic experience. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you are interested in accompanying him, please contact us for more details and availability.
Package prices include 1-day orientation, meals, extreme cold weather gear/clothing, snowshoes, a heated tent for each individual (or couple if you prefer), sleeping bags and pads, first aid supplies.
Our expeditions provide an opportunity for a hands-on experience in self-reliance. Each individual (or couple) is responsible for setting up and taking down their own tent, cooking their own meals, and gathering firewood.
These are genuine expeditions that require physical stamina and mental endurance. The dog team is there to transport your gear and supplies, giving you ample freedom to explore the arctic wilderness on snowshoes or skis. Expeditions will be tailored to each group’s abilities.
2017 Ten Day Expedition
The 2017 ten-day expedition will go to the northern side of Alaska's Brooks Range Mountains in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You will see larger than life panoramic views of some the most unexplored and rugged regions of the Arctic.
These regions are rarely seen in winter and spring. The experience captures your imagination in the sense of its overwhelming vastness of pristine, unexplored, wildernesses. This remote region is larger than many countries and yet it is unpopulated and untraveled.
There's a chance to see wolves, ptarmigan, and other small game animals, as well as the northern lights. There's no better place to see the northern lights. The displays in the Arctic dwarf what you see anywhere else in Alaska. However, during late April there is no longer darkness so the Northern Lights will not be on display. We run the expeditions like the old pioneers did…the dogs haul the gear and supplies, we ski and/or snowshoe ahead, so you definitely want to come prepared to be active all day. We can to a certain extent, adjust the expeditions to your physical abilities. We provide some of the cold weather gear and clothing including parkas, snowshoes, heated tents, sleeping bags and pads, and first aid gear. There is very little of your own gear you need to bring along.
I'll kick off the expedition with an orientation to get you familiarized with camp life (how to set up the tents and stoves, gather firewood, cook meals, etc) and then you will be basically responsible for doing those things for yourself for the duration of the expedition. By the way, everyone gets their own tent! You will definitely love the dogs. They are amazingly strong and friendly.
The cost of the expedition is $3500 which includes everything mentioned in the above paragraph. The destination to your flights will be Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay airport. At Deadhorse there will be a shuttle waiting to transport you to the base camp. The cost of the shuttle will be split evenly between all the expedition members so the cost varies. We schedule the expedition on a first come first serve basis after evaluation. We travel in small groups of 5-6 people including two guides so the opportunity is very limited. Please reserve your expedition today and join our team!
Reserved for scientific research, film crews, and exploration crews.
2000 lb. weight limit. Pricing negotiable. Please contact us for more information.