Meet The Crew
Norris Glacier – Juneau
Meet our talented dog mushers who lead thrilling adventures through the breathtaking Norris Glacier in Juneau. Learn about their skills, passion, and love for their sled dogs.
Mushing isn’t just a sport, nor just simply a job to Hall–It’s a lifestyle.
Elke Konetski, the lead musher at Norris Glacier, has built her career and lifestyle around her love for sled dogs. Originally from Texas, she now lives with her kennel of 14 Alaskan Huskies on 40 acres deep in the heart of interior Alaska. This off-grid lifestyle has turned her passion for dog mushing into more than just a career through tourism and racing. During the winter, Elke and her crew of canines compete in mid-distance sled dog races, enjoy mush camps together in the mountains, and operate a luxury cabin stay outside of Fairbanks, AK. This upcoming summer marks Elke’s third year working for AIE, and as always, her dogs will accompany her wherever she goes.
Kai is a multi-talented adventurer with a wide range of interests and passions. Born in the United States and raised in New Zealand, he has always had a love for exploration and pushing his limits. One of Kai’s favorite activities is dog mushing on glaciers. He finds the combination of speed and natural beauty exhilarating and has spent many hours honing his skills as a musher. In addition to dog mushing, Kai is also interested in spiritual pursuits. He has trained at Zen monasteries and finds peace and clarity through meditation. Kai is also passionate about sustainable living and has spent time growing food at hippie communes. As a creative person, Kai is constantly exploring new forms of expression. He has mentored with old beat poets like Gary Snyder and enjoys figuring out his own art. Kai is also skilled in carpentry and has a love for building cabins in the mountains. Finally, Kai loves to travel and has gone on rock-bottom bike tours across continents with his twin. He finds adventure in the unknown and is always seeking out new experiences.
Misheala Robertson, also known as Mish, is a dog musher with a passion for adventure. Her journey into the world of dog sledding began in an unexpected way. After being excluded from a family vacation to Hawaii, Mish decided to plan her own adventure in Alaska. She stumbled upon a dog sledding excursion and, despite the minimum requirement of two people, was determined to participate. This led her to search for companies that would allow her to go solo and ultimately brought her to a job listing for a dog handler in Juneau. To her surprise, Mish was offered the job and began working with sled dogs last year. She even adopted her own sled dog after the summer season ended. Since then, Mish has become immersed in the world of dog mushing. She had never heard of the Iditarod before last March, but this year she had the opportunity to work for the race. Mish also served as a handler for the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge, an Iditarod qualifying race. Despite her relatively short time in the sport, Mish has already accomplished so much and is dedicated to continuing her journey as a dog musher.