The Olesen Family
Dave Olesen took me for a short flight with his Float Plane
The Olesen Family at there cabin
Thank you very much for your great Northern hospitality, we really appreciated it !
Dave Olesen and Kristen Gilbertson Olesen and their daughters, Annika and Liv, live at the mouth of the Hoarfrost River on the east arm of the Great Slave Lake, McLeod Bay. They are veteran racers of Alaska's Iditarod, Canada's Yukon Quest, Montana's Race To The Sky, and Minnesota's John Beargrease Marathon. Dave and Kristen are experienced, professional guides, as well as thoughtful, engaging people
History of the Hoarfrost Homestead (in Dave's words):
"This place is our life. When we get old it will be, in essence, what we did with our years. Raising our family here, on the shore of the grand sweep of the lake, the dogs and the trails we travel, our little huts and camps up on the tundra, bushplanes coming and going. When you come you are a part of it, and when you leave you are renewed and refreshed. We came here in 1987, and built this place from scratch. From 1984 until 2000 we raced, and completed 8 Iditarods, 2 Yukon Quests, a half-dozen Beargreases, and so on, over the years winning awards for dog care and sportsmanship in every one of these races. In 1993, we first joined forces with Arleigh (ARLEIGH JORGENSON SLED DOG ADVENTURES ) to offer some spring trips up here, and now those have lasted and we are doing some winter college courses with students also. Our dogs have circled us back to home now, and our two young girls have focused our interest away from racing and on to these trips. We continue to do other things--Kristen teaching and guiding and cooking, Dave flying and writing and buildin
One of the Olesens 30 Sled Dogs had 6 puppies that night
Liv Olesen (8) with one of the puppies
I wish I could have one...
Annika (11) with one...
The green house
Kirsten in her workshop
Next: Great Slave Lake 5
Only those who risk going too far, will discover how far they can go!
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