Meagan Jaskela

We are sad to share that our expedition teammate and friend, Meagan, had to make the difficult decision to no longer pursue the expedition.  We have been holding this news close to heart until now, as it has been a difficult and emotional change to wrap our minds around.  While we are grieving the loss of Meagan on the team, we love and support her completely in her decision.   We are so grateful to have had her as a part of the team while we did and are so grateful for her continued support and friendship. 

We are sure that you are all wondering now, is someone else joining the team?   At this point in time, we are still having discussions and figuring out how to move forward from here as a team.  Our intention at this point in time is to still fill out our team with a forth.  For the time being, we will remain a trio and continue moving forward with our plans.

Meagan was born in the suburbs of Minneapolis.  After graduating high school, Meagan’s free spirit took her all across the U.S. She bopped around Minnesota, Montana, Colorado, and Alaska.  Meagan attended college at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minnesota for Outdoor Education.  It was there that she was introduced to the world of mushing.  She took a one-credit dogsledding class and she’s been hooked ever since. 

From 2011 and onward, Meagan has been guiding wilderness trips.  She has guided dogsledding trips in the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), hiking trips on the Superior Hiking Trail, canoe trips in the BWCAW, and glacier based dogsledding trips in Alaska.  She loves to connect people with sled dogs and the wilderness around them, to help them see a world many people unfortunately miss out on. 

Meagan lives for the challenges life presents us.  Dogsledding to Hudson Bay has been a goal of hers since she started dogsledding eight years ago.  When she was asked to join the Ice Ties Expedition it was a question her soul felt compelled to answer “yes” to. She is excited to see where this grand adventure takes this crew of women, to spend time with some amazing dogs, and to connect with community members along the way.