See what it's like to adventure in one of our planet's last great wildernesses - the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A visit to the Alaskan Arctic is unlike any other - abundant wildlife, twenty-four hour sun, towering mountains, and a 14 million acre playground of solitude. Matt and Emily Thoft are Alaska bush pilots that spend every summer showing people this magnificent region of the world. Their lodge base and plane-access gives them ultimate freedom in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But, it's their passion and sense of wonder in this place that is so inspiring.
Iliamna Lake in Southwest Alaska is the beginning and end for millions of sockeye salmon each year, providing resources for developing juvenile salmon and miles of suitable spawning habitat for returning adults. This video highlights the end of the sockeye salmon migration in the streams of Iliamna Lake, and celebrates the amazing life cycle of sockeye salmon that is critical to this pristine wilderness and the many people who depend on this great resource.
Each year as I assist with field research for the Alaska Salmon Program in Bristol Bay's watersheds, I carry around video equipment to capture footage that I hope will inspire people to appreciate wild landscapes like Iliamna Lake and our sustainable natural resources like it's native sockeye salmon.
As always, many thanks to my coworkers and friends who help make these videos possible.
'The power of imagination makes us infinite' - John Muir. A visual nature essay from the costal wilderness of Southern Alaska; water, mist, mountains, glaciers, icebergs, whales, fjords, forests and bears. Wild Alaska was filmed during an expedition in July 2015.
Alaska is filled full of amazing experiences. It was wonderful to see these bears fishing, wrestling, teaching their cubs how to survive, and just existing in a way that was completely natural for them. It was challenging to film along the river beds because we were using the same paths bears were to get to the river. We had to keep checking behind us to make sure we were not being joined by a much bigger, fuzzier, companion. Enjoy!
We stood on the ice dunes of the glaciers of Alaska in the midst of a snowy winter. Trekking the slopes of another planet had been on our list for a long time. The silence and majesty of the mountains surrounding us, the bluest ice we had ever seen and the steady rush of ice turned to water. How did we get here? We met Rick by chance on a rainy road in Seward, Alaska. He had a worn work jacket, a great white beard and the friendliest demeanor two travelers could ask for. He turned out to be the skeleton key to the locked treasure that was our way into Exit Glacier. We had the entire ice field to ourselves. And a sole chance to tell its story. So we took it.
Katie and I got to spend one gorgeous September day with Rainbow River Lodge and their veteran guide Benjamin Todd. It was by far one of the best trout fishing days I've ever had. Rainbow River Lodge is a premiere fly out lodge located on Pike Lake adjacent to the Copper River in Alaska's Bristol Bay. Learn more about Rainbow River Lodge - Click Here.