Tozi cabin and dogsleds
What to expect
On our Dog Sled adventures
Evening Bonfire on a Tozi River sandbar Morning in the Tozi cabin
Daytime temperatures may range from above freezing to minus 20 degrees F, later in the season being on average warmer, but there is usually lots of brilliant sun at this time of year and considerable radiant heating. Temperatures at night may go down to minus 35 occasionally, but it is a very dry cold, and with our substantial Arctic parkas, snowpants, and other outerwear, and warm "arctic oven" tents and expedition sleeping bags you will be well protected. With the wood stove going in the tent or cabin we can dry clothes and be comfortably warm.
Driving dogs is something we think you'll enjoy. The dogs like to run and their enthusiasm is contagious. We'll fit you with a team sized to your weight and comfort level. We cover between 10 to 35 miles in a day depending on snow conditions and weather and the groups’ wishes. This can also include more or less "cabin time". You don’t need to have dog mushing experience – we will teach you – but it is strenuous (comparable to cross country skiing), so you do need to be in good condition.
The wood stove warms the wall tent up for morning coffee
On the spring backpack/rafting expedition
The weather in late May and early June in this part of Alaska is usually moderate (20 degrees F at night at the higher elevations is the coldest, and 40 to 60 degrees F during the day) but often sunny, and ten to twenty degrees warmer at the lower elevations. The mosquitoes and gnats are not yet out except for a desultory few. Most of the walking is over high, mountainous, alpine tundra ridges, with great views of taller mountains to the north. Sometimes we may hit a caribou trail and follow it as long as we can, and we will occasionally cross spongy tussock fields, uneven ground that will slow us down for short stretches.
Miles we cover per day will depend on the group. The walk is 35 miles, and we have up to 8 days to cover the distance. The rafting portion takes three days, and everyone paddles in four person rafts with a guide/captain in each-- it's a great way to come home.
We will use up to two of our sled dogs to accompany us and help pack some gear in dog packs. They are personable creatures that are happy in their work and good company.
On the Yukon River - Ray Mountains Backpacking Odyssey
The weather in interior Alaska in late July and early August is usually between 45 and 75 degrees F, cooler at higher elevations or in a rainy period. There is a remote chance of snowfall on the peaks, but it will not last. Mosquitoes have passed their late-June peak, but are still occasionally present, as in all of Alaska. DEET is effective against them. Blueberries are available to pick all along our route. We will walk about 6 miles per day, total distance will vary depending on where we decide to travel. This is a strenuous trip and requires backpacking experience, but you will see country unknown even to most Alaskans.
Camp site on the Ray Mountains backpacking trip
We provide one or two guides depending on the number of clients, and welcome singles, couples, groups of friends, families, and overseas visitors (speak French and rudimentary Spanish) We try to arrange tenting mates as seems sensible and as is acceptable to you.
The trips include all meals and accommodation at tents and cabins while on the trips, and lodging in our guesthouse and meals with us while in Tanana or at fish camp. We'll provide the equipment as mentioned, and will send you detailed recommendations on clothing and packing lists, and safety information along with an application on request. The fixed accommodations are dry, warm, and comfortable.
Downtown Tanana Arrival of the mail plane in Tanana from Fairbanks
We can help you arrange flight reservations from Fairbanks to Tanana and return, and hotel reservations in Fairbanks before and after your trip. Please contact us about any questions or for reservations. Our phone number is (907) 366-7111 or you may e-mail us from our Contact Us page. If we're out on a trip, we'll be in touch as soon as we return.
Our house in Tanana Our Guesthouse
We purposefully keep the numbers of people on our trips small, and limit the number of trips we take. Our philosophy is that: 1) it is supposed to be enjoyable, 2) we try to fit in with the local environment, and, 3) we prefer the longer trips because it gives us a chance to get to know you.
Having parked the dogs at the bottom of the mountian, we hiked up to a spot where the wind has swept the
alpine tundra clear of snow. March 20, temperature 22 degrees F.