During the Alaska winter, most bears drift off into hibernation and sleep the cold, dark months away. But not all of them. Winter Bears are those that wake up during the winter and venture outside, looking for food and (maybe?) just some winter excitement. The Winter Bear represents tenacity, adventure, and ingenuity; the zeal to get off your bum and out of your den to explore the world, no matter the circumstances.

I built Winterbear.com to document adventures in Alaska and beyond, and share some of the things I’ve learned along the way. This website includes photos, films, writing, and other creative projects. Looking for your own next adventure? Take a look at the trip reports and guidebook. Curious about what gear can pass the “Alaska Test?” Check out the reviews.

In Alaska, many places remain unvisited and virtually unknown. The trails are long, and the maps are bad (though I’m working to change that!). But the payoffs in this state, if you get out there and make it work, can be life-changing. For those who would like a little assist with trip planning, I hope that Winterbear is helpful.

Photo credit: Daniel Volland.


The Winterbear logotype was created by Jay Ryan, of the Bird Machine. Jay has created amazing illustrations for Iron and Wine, Michael Chabon, and Wes Anderson. To see more work from the Bird Machine, click here.


If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Enjoy!

-Paxson Woelber