Ralf Dobrovolny, was born in Heidelberg, Germany. He spent his early adulthood as an industrial salesman. He achieved a childhood dream as a 23 year old when he traveled through the remote areas of Canada’s Northwest Territories. It was a solitary experience as he did not see another soul for over two months.
The experience lead him to lead guided trips for others in the following years with an emphasis on survival in the wilderness and the lands around the Arctic Circle. In 1996 he came to Alaska to settle and in 2003 opened the 1st Alaska Outdoor School. This wild and imposing land has become my home. But to live and travel through the wilderness of this northern land demands unique knowledge and skill sets that we have specialized in.
1st Alaska Outdoor School gives those interested in remote living the chance to experience Alaska’s great gifts in a safe and enjoyable surrounding. Come hone your skills or enjoy one of our “ONE DAY ADVENTURES”.