THE MIGHTY COASTAL ALASKAN BROWN BEAR. THE LARGEST LAND-BASED PREDATOR GROWING TO OVER 1,500LBS. AN ICON OF THE ALASKAN WILDERNESS. AS FEARED AS IT IS MISUNDERSTOOD. VIEW THIS MAGNIFICENT OMNIVORE IN THE COMPANY OF ONE OF ALASKA’S MOST RESPECTED AND EXPERIENCED BEAR BIOLOGISTS. SPEND YOUR DAYS OBSERVING THIS STUNNING GIANT AS IT GLUTS ON SALMON AND LEARN ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FACING THE ALASKAN BROWN BEAR FROM GLOBAL WARMING AND TROPHY HUNTING.
THIS 7-DAY EXPEDITION TAKES YOU INTO A LITTLE VISITED, REMOTE AND INACCESSIBLE REGION OF THE KATMAI NATIONAL PARK TO VIEW BROWN BEARS AS THEY FEED ON THE YEARLY SALMON RUN. HERE YOU WILL PATROL BLACK SAND BEACHES ON FOOT, EXPLORE HIDDEN COVES AND MEADOWS OF LUSH SEDGE AND TRAVERSE FORESTED INLETS OF SITKA SPRUCE IN SEARCH OF BROWN BEARS.
Arriving into Anchorage you will transfer to a down-town hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest. The next morning you fly the short hop to the coastal town of Homer and transfer directly onboard your classic beaver float plane. You will take off along the famous ‘spit’ and flying south west, along the coast, past the famous volcano on Augustine island and into the waters of the Katmai National Park to meet your expedition vessel.
Here you will be met by your expert bear guide, skipper, crew and expedition chef and will be served a delicious lunch.
After settling into your cabin, you will go in search of bears as they forage for salmon, razor clams, sedge and thriving berry patches along the intricate lattice of beaches, river inlets and hidden coves of the stunning National Park.
ARRIVAL IN ANCHORAGE
Arrive into Anchorage, Alaska.
Enjoy dinner in town at your hotel and a good night’s rest.
DAY 2 - 7
After breakfast you will fly to the coastal town of Homer on the morning flight and transfer to the private float plane dock to formally start your expedition.
After a full safety briefing you will help the pilot load the plane; either a 1957 classic DE Havilland float plane or custom float-rated Twin Otter. Your flight will take you west along the volcanic shores and glaciers of the Katmai National Park and you will experience an exciting water landing in a calm cove to meet your private expedition vessel.
DAY 2 - 7
YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS
Here deep in the wilderness, surrounded by forests, mountains and glaciers your guide team awaits, and your adventure truly begins. After lunch and a quick kit-up you will be off into the wilderness aboard one of two filming skiffs in search of brown bears. The evening ends with dinner and drinks on deck under the stars.
DAY 2 - 7
GO WHERE THE BEARS GO
For the next week you will slip into a wonderful and varied routine. Each day you will awake to a new landscape, a new cove, a new anchorage and a new adventure. With your expedition vessel acting as a floating lodge, and your skiff as a water taxi, you are not constricted by formal National Park daily entry and exit regulations. We are able to follow the bears natural meanderings and go where the best bear interactions and viewing opportunities present themselves.
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EACH DAY BRINGS A NEW ADVENTURE
Some days will be spent hiking through sedge meadows enjoying a packed lunch in the bush. Due to the stable ‘flat bottom’ of your vessel, summer tides do not affect beach access of our craft. Other days will be spent photographing and viewing bears from the deck or from the shallow hulled skiff.
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TIME & EXPERTISE
On this extraordinary trip we will have the time and professional logistics to maximise your bear viewing and plan each and every day around the changeable summer weather.
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EXCLUSIVE & THE BEST
This is exactly the same expedition logistics, vessel, crew and guide team as used by many of the world’s top Natural History documentary crews.
This expedition is the ultimate way in which to experience wild Alaska and wild un-harassed bears!
After breakfast and a last opportunity to spot bears and wildlife from the deck of your vessel, a farewell to your guide and crew and a short journey by skiff to meet your awaiting floatplane for your flight back to Homer and onward journey.
A NOTE FROM OLLY
INSPIRATION & GROUND TRUTH
I first came to the Katmai in August 2001 with Suzi. Our mission was to track and paint these giant bears up-close as they patrolled the high mountain rivers in search of spawning sockeye salmon. Here we witnessed wild Alaska in all her majesty, wading rivers red in spawning sockeye, hiking through dense alder thickets where giants slept and living from simple expedition tents. We were hooked.
The next year we returned but this time to the coastal zone in June and July tracking the bears based from a floating crab boat base camp. Here the bears scoured the black sand beaches for razor clams and gorged on lush sedge in verdant meadows and we were always in the company of our trusted bear biologist.
We realised just how lucky we were to have discovered this remote region of the Katmai, accessible only by flat bottomed expedition vessel and to befriend our incredibly patient guide. We knew then what a world-class wilderness experience this was; to sit for hours on end and quietly observe 1000lb giants doing what bears do with very little concern for our presence. This is an experience we have shared over the years with close friends, colleagues and clients, a deeply primal sharing of place and time with this magnificent bear, a profound experience which we will never forget.
During our 30-year art career Suzi and I have been privileged to work with some extraordinary wilderness experts and conservationists; men and women who against all odds have dedicated their lives to saving their piece of wilderness. Your co-guide on this authentic Alaskan brown bear adventure is one such man. He has been a bear biologist for over 45 years and has been the calm guiding wisdom behind some of the finest films about this extraordinary mammal.
This truly is the wilderness trip of a lifetime.
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