Over the last 12 months, I have swum in the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Southern Ocean and, with just 48 hours to spare, the Atlantic Ocean. That’s right. All five of them! So when I say, Guide Service Anywhere, I mean it. if there is someplace you want to go. Some experience you want to do — Eyeball to eyeball with a grizzly bear, look down the barrel of an AK-47 at the bottom of the Copper Canyon, AKA the Butcher Shop, land a float plane on the North Pole, whatever you want — It can be arranged. And I can help you do it. Just name it, and sign the check. Always with my implicit guarantee, DOA you don’t pay!
This is the sixth consecutive year Dan and I have been leading these trips and they are always fun learning experiences. We cannot guarantee great weather, although that was the case last year, when we enjoyed clear skies and warm daytime temperatures. Maybe it started a trend because for several years the trip has been characterized by snow and wind. Either way, it’s a trip that works. If it’s cold we will have a “hot” tent heated with a wood stove.
Usually, it’s a small group and we can accommodate solo or tandem paddlers. We work on the skills you want to work on. If you just want to travel we can do that too. Led by me and … Continue reading
Writing this blog in the Seattle airport after a red-eye flight from Anchorage. The first darkness at night in over a month seems as if it is the closing curtain of a great Broadway play. Curtain drawn tight, the applause already fading. It’s all over now.
We successfully completed an 18-day, 400-mile canoe expedition down the Noatak River in arctic Alaska. It was a strong crew of ten with excellent weather and perfect water levels. Wildlife count included 14 grizzly bears, six muskoxen, two wolves (playful pups), six foxes, numerous sic sic, raptors, loons, ptarmigan,and three moose and three Dall sheep seen from the air. Fishing was also excellent for Salmon, Grayling and Dollies – yum. It is a spectacular river with different challenges and rewards around every bend.
Those familiar with my tripping style, especially on far north expeditions, know that I prefer an expeditionary regimen. I meticulously plan … Continue reading
Making final preparations for the 2016 Arctic Noatak Canoe Expedition. 400 miles, all north of the Arctic Circle. You can follow my crew’s progress at https://share.delorme.com/RobKesselring
We leave Fairbanks on Saturday, July 16 and fly on two, twin engine, planes to Bettles on the south slope of the Brooks Range. That afternoon or the following morning we shall board a float equipped, DeHavilland Otter and a float equipped, DeHavilland Beaver (both these venerable planes were built in the 1950’s) and make a long bush flight across the Arctic Circle, and to the headwaters of the Noatak River. This flight passes over one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world. If the weather is clear we will view hanging glaciers and granite spires just off the wingtips. My niece, Karen Kelley, exclaimed four years ago that this flight alone was worth the price of admission…..but that is … Continue reading
Back today from eight days in Quetico Provincial Park. What an extraordinary canoeing destination. It’s not my first trip to Quetico, but my first in several years. I had forgotten some of the nuances that distinguish it from the BWCA. The abundant groves of mature Red Pines, the towering White Pine Giants, powerful rivers with some runnable rapids, thundering waterfalls, long sandy beaches, lakes that you paddled all day long. Despite everything seemingly like the Boundary Waters on a larger scale, Quetico receives far fewer visitors than its next-door-neighbor the BWCA to the south, and empty five-star campsites were the norm.
My route was a loop of well over 130 miles, and some blog readers may be interested in the details: Beaverhouse Lake – Quetico River – Quetico Lake – Conk Lake – Jean Lake – Burntside Lake – Rouge Lake – Jean Creek – Sturgeon Lake – Maligne River … Continue reading