|Questions and Answers
Multi-day trips to Alaskan wild lands via kayak, canoe, raft or foot to share the joy and beauty they can provide.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
The company started in 1972 by founder Bob Waldrop pioneering wilderness recreation in Alaska. I started working for the company in1978 and accepted control in 1985.
2. What is your company's mission?
To know and understand wilderness where man is not in control, we become personally more resilient and communally more compassionate and in the end, more wholesome global citizens. We try to share this profound learning opportunity with our guests with the least impact to the environs we visit.
3. What does your company specialize in?
We specialize in planning and conducting unique trips catered to small groups. Working with a group to identify their interests and levels of experience and designing a trip that meets their goals.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Bob Waldrop started the business and it originally was more regionally diverse, slowly specializing in the Brook Range. Bob pioneered travel in many areas of the Brooks Range and worked closely with national parks planners to help access lands that would eventually become prime parts of the Gates of theArctic National Park. In these pursuits he also put in first technical climbing routes in the Arrigetch Peaks region.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Popularity for adventure travel is usually media driven. In a land with relatively few names, there is some security to seek out a familiar place name that may be recognized by others. We try to be receptive to requests for these revolving 'media prom queen' trips but also maintain a roster of unique 'off the beaten path' outings as well as trips to unknown/undiscovered gems. I gravitate toward the off the beaten path trips for the sense of discovery.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
Through the years we have been fortunate to have a lot of enthusiastic guests and my favorite compliment is a smiling exhausted guest that asks at the end of the trip, "so what are we going to do next year?" That, to me, means I have done my job as best I can.