Participant COVID Expectations

COVID-19 Participant Information: As we plan for more exciting trips in 2021, we are reflecting on the successes of 2020. Thank you to everyone who came exploring with us this past summer. We had wet, challenging weather and awesome bears. To our knowledge, none of our clients or guides tested positive this past season. We hope that our practices from 2020 will help us continue […]

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Our COVID-19 Plan

  PURPOSE: The following policies and procedures is to address employee and client safety and adherence to State of Alaska Health Mandates concerning the COVID 19 Pandemic. These policies and procedures are in addition to our existing risk management plan and are in effect until modified or rescinded.   Pack Creek Bear Tours (PCBT) provides backcountry guiding services to travelers from around the world. As […]

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Summer 2020 Update: COVID 19 Edition.

As we all continue to monitor travel changes from the Coronavirus Pandemic, we wanted to provide an update on our plans for the 2020 summer. Safety of our guests and guides comes first, always. We wholeheartedly continue to follow and support city, state and federal efforts. If it is responsible to do so, we are still planning to operate this summer. We plan to make […]

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Juneau Carbon Offset

The impact of a trip to Pack Creek is small, making it is easy to compensate for. Traveling in float planes and vans, there are some inherent impacts in what we do. In order to help balance these forces, Pack Creek Bear Tours supports the mission and efforts of the Juneau Carbon Offset Fund. The Juneau Carbon Offset Fund is an elegant program that allows […]

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Night on Earth: Netflix

We’re celebrating the release of the new Netflix series “Night on Earth.” In late August, 2018, Bjorn Dihle and I flew into a remote community tucked among glacial rivers and mountains. We were there as expert wildlife guides assisting the crew. Our arrival was timed with the moon. Big tides would be bringing pink and chum salmon into the clear water tributaries of this glacial […]

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Spring Bear Camp

Our goal with any of our trips is to offer you the same trip that we would put together for our friends or family. We believe we have the best day trip to Pack Creek in terms of time on the ground, logistics, and guides. It’s our job to put you in the best spot. On days off, you’re likely to find our guides camped […]

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Bears and Humans Wait for Salmon

I went out fishing before work. Rumors abound, there are fish around. I didn’t catch anything, but I saw fish jumping. They are coming in! From their long pelagic sojourn, returning home. There has already been plenty of lyrical writing about wild salmon. I don’t have much to add but this: Every year, it is a miracle. Every year it is a pulse of life […]

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Happy Birthday Jane

Happy Birthday, Jane Goodall This is such a classic story. An intense, committed young scientist, charismatic wildlife, a captivating narrator (Orson Welles!) and one of the great stories of meeting the “other.” This is a well-trod narrative now, but worth watching to see how this genre started before watching Our Planet on Netflix. Observing Wildlife and Science While I am not a scientist, the personal […]

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