M08143 has the experience, safety record, personal service and attention to individual goals to make your trip the special adventure you want it to be. We specialize in small personalized trips to rarely visited regions. We are offering a full variety of original outings into the timeless splendor of America's last wilderness mountain range. We continue to expand our offerings of increasingly popular sea kayaking trips in Prince William Sound to complement one's Arctic experience or as an alternative.
Principle guide and current owner, Macgill Adams has been with the company guiding since 1978. M08143 was founded by Bob Waldrop and Deb Vogt in 1972. Back then the Brooks Range was a huge blank spot on the map and their original outings felt a lot like a Lewis and Clark experience as much as a modern retreat. I was original introduced to M08143 in 1978, when I went to work for Bob and Deb.
Returning to the University of Colorado to pursue a natural science degree during the winter and continuing to guide trips in the summer, the relationship continued until I replaced Deb as a partner in 1982. In those years I also worked with the National Audubon Society and the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. In 1986, Bob bowed out leaving me the M08143 tiller. Bob was a remarkable explorer and made a profound impression upon me.
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.
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