LIVE THE ALASKAN EXPERIENCE!
We want to share the Alaskan lifestyle with you and provide an opportunity for you to really experience life up here, just as the locals do!
I can’t imagine a more special way to experience the Northern Lights. Damian really was an amazing host and made sure my wife and I were comfortable and warm while we relaxed and waited for the right viewing window. The selection of locally made pies and cookies were a wonderful touch, hot water for tea and coffee, and even a comfy place to lay your head if you want a quick snooze. And of course the wood fired hot tub to gaze up at the stars from. Even if we hadn’t seen any lights it would have been such a treat, but luckily we got a brief but excellent show! Thanks for everything! Can’t recommend the experience enough
Our experience with Damien was awesome. He picked us up right at the hotel we stayed at and drove for a good hike and bringing us to the hot springs. He was very knowledgeable and friendly, and clearly passionate about what he does. He brought lunch out and made us coffee on top of the mountain. I’d recommend anyone visiting Fairbanks to plan a outdoor excursion with him and I would book again when returning.
Damien was absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately he was injured and was unable to hike but made arrangements for us with another guide, Riley, who was amazing. She was very sweet and had tons of knowledge and stories for us. Great conversation for a 5 hour hike and amazing views and scenery on the hike as well. Even though Damien could not hike he shared great info and stories. We finished the hike a little early so he drove us to get pie at a local spot and stopped at a great brewery on the way back for my wife and I to try some local beers. Can’t recommend him enough.
NEED TO KNOW
No matter what the temperature will be the key to success and comfort will be dressing in layers and avoiding cotton clothing.
If you are already familiar with running in winter conditions or cross country skiing then just dress like that for winter biking; with a little more attention to protecting yourself from the wind, being aware that your hat will have to fit under a helmet, and that you should only need something light like glove liners since the handlebar mits are the warmest on the market.
Bring thick warm gloves for when you are off the bike, and extra layers, like a fleece top, for dressing up warmer on the trail. If you sweat a lot consider a change of dry clothes for the end of the ride.
In general: non-cotton layers (for base layers and for fill layers), non-cotton socks, winter jacket and pants or snow pants, neck gaiter or scarf, warm hiking boots, and making sure the whole outfit is comfortable to move around and be active in. Also recommended: extra non-cotton layers, insulated water bottle, sun glasses, and a camera.
What is the Aurora? What causes it? When can I see it? For great information on the Aurora visit the UAF Geophysical page! And if you want to get even more scientific look at the NOAA site too.
With the bears sleeping through the winter months the primary safety concern are the moose: they are large and powerful animals! And quite simply…. don’t approach them! If you encounter a moose don’t make any sudden movements, don’t approach it, slowly back away from it and give it plenty of space. They get the right-of-way! If a moose approaches you get away from it as quickly as you can, and if it charges or chases you run away!