Arctic Winter Preparation

About Myself:
My name is Karolyn Bristol. I am 26-years-old. I live in Alaska, where in Alaska depends on the season. I am a dog musher, so I live a nomadic life. My dogs and I go south for the summer to run tours and north for the winter to handle for other mushers and train. I have a small kennel, i.e. 3 dogs, named Runaway Kennels. This winter, I will be in Fox, AK, just north of Fairbanks. This is my first winter north of Anchorage, and I find my current winter gear just won't cut it for Fairbanks, where it gets down to -60F!

My Goal:
To acquire good winter gear that will hold up on 3-day long arctic excursions in the Fairbanks wilderness, and eventually a trip down the Iditarod trail!

The Gear:
Wiggy's Antarctic Parka: $395+shipping, This parka is the best choice for dog mushers! Made from Lamilite, a down-alternative, it is lighter than down parkas and stays warm even when wet! I currently own a sleeping bag made from the same material that has a temperature rating of -80F!
Wiggy's Antarctic Bib: $330+shipping, These bibs are exactly like the parka but in snowpants!
Wiggy's Extreme Arctic Mittens: $166+shipping, These mittens were tested on the Yukon Quest in 1999 and held up in -50F! They are also Lamilite, coupled with a Supplex nylon outer layer. Included is a Lamilite liner for each mitten for added insulation.
Under Armour Base 4.0: $161.72, Upper and lower base layers. These are the warmest specification of Under Armour's long underwear. I have priced out two sets, so I can have at least one clean set.

Why I Am Asking:
Dog mushing is not a very lucrative business. I make enough to get by, but a $1200 expense all at once is intimidating. Therefore, I have to swallow my pride and ask for help. With the quality of the gear, I believe this will be a one-time investment.

What I Am Offering:
Become an official sponsor of Runaway Kennels! Not only will your name appear on my website as a sponsor, but, as soon as I can, I will order kennel gear and send something to everyone that donated! I am talking hats, tshirts, sweatshirts! Just send me a message with preferred shirt size and a mailing address!


  • Jim and Sonia Franklin 
    • 200 $ (Offline)
    • 40 mos
  • John and Shirley Franklin 
    • 100 $ (Offline)
    • 40 mos
  • John Bristol 
    • 400 $ (Offline)
    • 40 mos
  • Patricia Higgins 
    • 50 $ 
    • 42 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • 500 $ 
    • 43 mos
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Karolyn Bristol 
Juneau, AK
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