Below is a youtube video by our friend Dave Whipple that portrays the essence of our life on the Yukon. Neil's also writes for outdoor magazines  such as "Backwoodsman" and "American Frontiersman". Neil's book, "Alaska Ivory Hunter" is available here also. Brooke Whipple's books include: The Frozen Toe Guide to Real Alaskan Livin, and Alaska Did This to Me . Dave's youtube handle is "Bushradical". Dave's wife Brooke also has her youtube channel, "Girl in the Woods" Check them both out for some great outdoor life videos. Dave and Brooke and their kids, Belle and Micky were Stars on Nat Geo's docuseries, "Yukon River Run" along with Lauro and Neil. And Dave and Brooke were featured in three seasons on the "Alone" series on the History Channel!

Neil's book: 40+ years of Alaska Adventures. Some names were changed to protect the guilty!!!

Available direct from Neil.

Foot of Big DIomede Island, Russia- supporting the Polish Solidarity movement. Featured on NBC and "Real People" TV 1982

Neil and Frodo- Chukchi Sea 1980

Read about bush surgery- dental floss and skin sewing needle!

We had to be outlaws back then so we could feed all the danged inlaws!

"Homeless, will work for ivory"

Lending a paw (or four): Sled dog team pulls out tourists’ car stuck in snow

 A Skookum Expeditions sled dog team helps pull a tourist’s car out of the snow on the Chena River near Pike’s Landing. 

 

FAIRBANKS — It’s an old Alaska adage that if you’re stuck on the side of the road, then someone will stop to help. And for a group of tourists on Sunday, that help came from a dogsled team.

Neil Eklund and his son, Lauro, were returning from giving a dogsled tour on the Chena River when they saw a silver SUV stuck in the snow by Pike’s Landing. Like many good Samaritans, they figured they ought to lend a hand.

“We had some people on a tour down past Pike’s, and on the way back, there were some tourists in a rental car,” he said in a phone interview Monday. “There was about 4 feet of snow there, so after we dropped off the people riding with us, we came back, hooked up to the car and helped them pull it out.”

Eklund, who ran the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1981 and 1983, said he’s never pulled a car out with a sled team before. But he said the nine dogs in his team had plenty of power, and that with a little digging, some pushing and the pulling of an excited dog team, they managed to free the vehicle and send the tourists on their way.

“We all tugged and pushed,” he said. “The dogs had a lot of fun with it. When you have them all synced in unison, they can really pull.”

Eklund and his son operate Skookum Expeditions. Lauro Eklund is training to run the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. Neil Eklund said he works as his son’s handler.

Eklund said people probably shouldn’t be driving out on the river, noting cars have fallen through the ice in recent years.

“I guess they were headed to Nome or something on the Iditarod trail,” he joked. “They weren’t getting it with just people pushing; that wasn’t working. At least it’s a good story for them to tell when they go back home.”

This fun time was also on TV, Alaska and The Fox News Network!

     Join Lauro and Neil Eklund, stars of the National Geographic documentary "Yukon River Run”, on a once in a lifetime Northern Adventure.

     Lauro is training his team for the Yukon Quest and Neil is a veteran of two Iditarods in 1981 and 1983, and still mushing. Decades of wilderness experience to share on the same sled dog trails 60 miles above the Arctic Circle where Gold Rush miners traveled in the days of Jack London and where Native Alaskans have mushed for eons!