Joe Henderson is a pioneer in dog sledding in the sense that he has perfected a method of travel that is unprecedented in modern times. Never in recorded history has anyone traveled solo for up to 5 months at a time without resupply or even so much as seeing another human being. It was only within the past 4 years that Joe even began to travel with an Iridium satellite phone. Prior to that, he had absolutely no contact with civilization for months on end.
Joe has trained various breeds of working dogs throughout his life. As he made his way north from Michigan where he grew up, he stumbled upon the Alaskan Malamute and used them to help him haul goods and supplies during his days in Canada and Alaska’s Arctic. Since then, he has established one of the most resilient, hard-core malamute dog sledding teams in modern times. He shares a special bond with his team.
Andrea Loveland, Joe's wife, is Alaskan Arctic Expeditions' logistics coordinator, blogger, and webmaster. She is a structural geologist as well as a dog trainer/musher who raises the expedition pups to become fine workers and leaders. She designs extreme weather clothing accessories and prepares frozen home cooked meals for the expeditions. She adores all her malamutes and has a deep respect for their power and their rich history as Alaska's toughest dogs!
Andrea's arctic experience comes mainly from geologic field work. She has acquired her fair share of adventures during her geologic explorations in the arctic, including several close encounters with grizzly bears.