The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence. Join us on our Wild Women Wilderness Retreat and discover the explorer within. Mush with an all-female crew of accomplished mushers & guides. Share stories, tackle obstacles and build a confidence so great, it shines as bright as the Northern Lights.
A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.
BOTH 2019 RETREATS ARE FUll! Inquire about 2020!
March 19th - 23rd 2019
April 4th - 8th 2019
The retreat begins and ends in Cantwell and traverses the Denali Highway. Each guest drives their own 5-6 dog team and will have the same group of canine athletes every day to establish a bond between musher & team. No prior mushing experience is necessary, but we do ask that guests are active and relatively fit. Guests 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. The trail is on the Denali Highway, which is unmaintained in the winter and becomes a perfect place for winter activities.
Two of the nights will be spent in Arctic Oven tents--Our version of winter "glamping". The tents are heated by wood stoves and exceptionally warm. We provide sub-zero rated sleeping bags, pads, and cots. Even though it's an adventurous trip, we know it's also your vacation, so we want our guests to be comfortable too! The other two nights are at Alpine Creek Lodge, which is a remote quintessential Alaskan lodge with all the amenities- showers, beds, home cooked meals, the works!
Though we may be roughing it in the backcountry, there's no reason why your tummy should suffer! Satiate your ravenous LumberJill appetite with our Backcountry "fine-dining" menu.
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Day 1: Drive from Fairbanks to Cantwell (approx 4 hours). Get a quick Mushing 101, and hit the trail for a 25-30 mile day. Camp in plush Arctic Oven tents.
Day 2: Mush 35 miles to Alpine Creek Lodge.
Day 3: Day trip from the Lodge and return back for the evening. This could also be used as a rest day if anyone wanted a day to relax and read on a couch.
Day 4: Mush back to our winter camp.
Day 5: Mush to Cantwell and return to Fairbanks late in the evening.
The Denali Highway is not only a great location to learn how to mush but also has spectacular views of the Alaskan range and a plethora of wildlife viewing possibilities--Caribou, moose, ptarmigan, wolves and fox! And let's not forget about our other lady friend who might grace us with her presence, Aurora Borealis!
All-Inclusive Retreat Package
We'll provide you with everything you need to throughly enjoy your Alaskan adventure--Round-trip transportation from Fairbanks to Cantwell, gear, meals & lodging over the duration of the expedition!
Ryne Olson // LFMC Founder
Ryne is originally from Durango, Colorado where she first had the opportunity to try mushing. For a thirteenth birthday present, she was given a dog sled ride from her parents; however, no one realized the long-lasting impact. Seven years later, Ryne still remembered her mushing experience, so she left college to pursue her mushing dream. 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.
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. In December, Ryne graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
Paige Drobny // LFMC Member
Paige was born with a love of animals. Her parents couldn’t keep the frogs and crickets and small animals out of the house. She got her first pet, a cat, at 3 and there were a slew of house pets and barn animals that came after that. Paige went to college at Virginia Tech and received a Biology degree. After lots of traveling and various jobs, Paige bought a camper van and she and Yogi, the black lab team manager, hit the road to Alaska. They landed in Seward and that is where they ran into another like minded pair, Cody and Keetna. Paige got her masters degree in fisheries biology at UAF and has since started her own company, Spearfish Research, doing biological consulting.
Paige’s mushing career includes: 2016 Iditarod – 43rd , 2016 Yukon Quest – 14th, 2015 Iditarod – 27th, 2015 Gin Gin 200 – 5ht, 2015 Copper Basin 300 – 9th, 2014 Iditarod – 25th, 2014 Copper Basin 300,2013 Iditarod – 34th, 2013 Top of the World 350– 15th, 2012 Yukon Quest 1000 – 14th & Sportsmanship Award!, 2011 Solstice 100 – 8th, 2011 Yukon Quest 300 – 6th, 2010 Yukon Quest 300 – 5th, 2009 Gin Gin 200 – 7th.