Girls to Mushers
Expedition Class of 2020
Thank you to ALL the girls who applied. It was an exceptionally tough decision, so if you weren’t selected for the 2020 Trip, please apply again in the future!
FREE for 14-18 year olds!
Are you between the ages of 14-18 with the dream of becoming a musher or just simply love outdoor adventures? Come learn with the best! Here at the Last Frontier, we want to provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for FOUR young dog lovers to get fully hooked on mushing. This three day, two night adventure is designed specifically for young girls to get out of their comfort zone and build self-confidence for whatever challenge they tackle next. You’ll learn to mush your own team, camp in the Arctic, and basic wilderness skills.
March 8th - march 10th 2020 (FULL)
Maximum of 6 mushers
The trip begins at the Last Frontier Mushing Co-op in Two Rivers, Alaska. Each gal will drive her own team of 4-5 dogs and will have the same canine athletes every day to establish a bond between musher and team. No prior mushing experience is necessary, but we do ask that you are active and relatively fit. You should be prepared and able to stand on the runners for 4-5 hours each day with intermittent stops for snacks, lunch and photo op's.
Our first night will be spent in Arctic Oven tents, while the second night, we’ll rough it and camp outdoors. Not to worry- we’ll teach everyone how to build a fire to stay toasty warm outside!
Learn what sorts of meals we eat while we’re racing and how to prepare them.
How to Sign Up (closed)
Day 1: Meet the crew at 11:00 AM at the Last Frontier Mushing Co-op. Partake in a Mushing School & lunch, then hit the trail and mush to our overnight camp in the Chena River Valley. Two mushers (that’s you gals!) will present a 5-10 minute presentation on a topic involving Alaska, nature, or canines.
Day 2: Mush 15-20 miles and arrive at our second campsite. Learn how to camp outside as well as wilderness survival skills. The two mushers who didn’t present the night before will give a 5-10 minute presentation on a topic involving Alaska, nature, or canines.
Day 3: Mush back to the Last Frontier Mushing Co-op, arriving at approximately 3:00 PM.
This trip is FREE. That’s right, completely free for four future mushers. To sign up, please write a 500 word letter (1,000 word max) telling us about yourself, where you’re from, prior dog experience, and how this trip could help you accomplish future goals. Be creative.
If selected, be prepared to create a 5-10 minute presentation to be given during the expedition. The presentation should be about an issue you’re passionate about involving Alaska, nature, or dogs.
Please attach the letter to an email and send it to email@example.com. Include a profile picture and a short biography of where you’re from, age, school grade, sports, hobbies, etc. This will be shared publicly when we announce our winners on September 1st. Please specify if you would like for this info to remain private.
*Air fare, lodging & transportation (to and from the Mushing Co-op) NOT INCLUDED.
Cold weather outer gear (parkas, bibs, boots etc) and sleeping bags are available for use if needed.
ENTRIES DUE BY AUGUST 15TH! (closed)
Be Part of LFMC’s Girls to Mushers Initiative
Our three-day trips are valued at $2,000 per person. Would you like to help us make this trip possible by sponsoring a future musher spot? Any amount is greatly appreciated, whether it’s $20 or the full $2,000. Your contribution will not influence the final musher selection.
Ryne Olson // LFMC Founder
Originally from Durango, Colorado, Ryne was given a dog sled ride for a thirteenth birthday present from her parents; however, no one realized the long-lasting impact. Seven years later, Ryne still remembered her mushing experience. After racing in Montana and Michigan, Ryne moved north to train and race with SP Kennel in Two Rivers, Alaska. In 2012, she ran the SP Kennel's Red and Black Team in the 1000-mile Iditarod Race, solidifying her next step: starting her own kennel. Three years later, Ryne and the team completed the 1000-mile Yukon Quest as well as placing in the top three in multiple mid-distance races throughout the season. Ryne and her husband, Derek, now own and operate Ryno Sled Dog Kennel, where Ryne and the canine athletes compete in long distance races like the Yukon Quest, Iditarod, and several mid-distance races, including 2017 Copper Basin Champions!
A glutton for adventure, when not mushing, Ryne enjoys hiking, backpacking, fishing and hunting. In 2012, Ryne earned her private pilot license, further opening up the wild Alaska frontier to exploration. Later that year, Ryne returned to finish her undergraduate degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Amanda Brooks // LFMC Founder
Amanda moved to Alaska from Maine in pursuit of exploring the vast wilderness of the Last Frontier by dog team. Brooks has spent the last 6 years managing a championship long distance kennel, researching canine sports medicine and nutrition, training yearlings and racing them non-competitively in mid-distance races around Alaska.
Amanda graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in 2010 with a bachelors degree in Biology. Since then she has sailed the Eastern seaboard four times on traditionally rigged schooners, commercial fished the North Atlantic and worked for the National Marine Fishery Service, quantifying fish species and marine mammal interactions with commercial fishing boats. She loves spending time outside, camping, hiking and learning about Alaska’s incredible wildlife, but also enjoys photography and dabbling in graphic design.
May Rose Huntley // Guide & Wilderness Stretching instructor
May Rose is a-MAY-zing! Originally from Wyoming, May ventured to Alaska to try her hand at mushing. After working on a glacier in Juneau, Alaska, she moved farther north to train and race with Matthew Failor’s 17th Dog Kennel. May focused on training young dogs and helping them mature into future rockstars. She raced in the Knik 200 as well as took the youngsters on many of their first camping trips. May’s other passion is yoga. She’s a professional yoga instructor and owns Wilderness Stretching Yoga.
A refund will be issued if the cancellation is received more than 60 days prior to the booking. A 10% processing fee applies for all cancellations. No refunds will be issued if the cancellation is less than 60 days before the trip start date. A 50% deposit is required at the time of the booking. Remainder is due 60 days prior to the date of the booking. No reimbursement is provided for trips cancelled or shortened due to weather. For this reason, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND travel insurance.
We highly recommend Travel Insurance for your Mushing Excursion. This will ensure that weather or emergencies won't cost you your vacation.
Alaska is at the mercy of Mother Nature & she doesn't always cooperate. Tours (specifically expeditions) can be postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather and unsafe conditions. We apologize if this happens to your highly anticipated mushing vacation, but we want to make sure you get properly reimbursed for your inconvenience and receive a refund to re-book your tour! Travel insurance will provide that reimbursement.