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Our Staff

Chefs


Walter Nickerson


Walter was brought up to Alaska ten years ago by a job offer running the kitchen on escort tugs and last year decided to call Bear Trail Lodge his home away from home. When not cooking your delicious food, he lives in Montana with his wife Susan and his 11 year old black german shepherd rescue Shadow. Walter’s cooking has taken him all over the world to places like Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, France, Spain, and Austria. Obviously he loves traveling, as well as sport fishing, sailing, skiing, and exploring the French Canal system.


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Jethro Tapulyo


Jethro lives in Anchorage, Alaska but moved there from Honolulu, Hawaii, where he lived for the past eight years. This is his first year with us, working his food magic in the kitchen at Bear Trail Lodge. He loves anything outdoors, the guitar, and wants to travel the world and one day open his own restaurant. Once you taste the deliciousness he puts into every snack, you will agree that it will be a success!


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Housekeeping


Dana Wentworth


Dana lives in Forks, Washington where she has owned a barbershop for 12 years and is known as the “Queen of the Clippers”. Prior to working with Bear Trail Lodge she spent time in a remote camp on the Alagnak river. She now oversees all the housekeeping and serving staff for us here at Bear Trail. Some of her other interests include going to the gym, traveling, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and anything else that takes her outdoors.


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Rachel Pompe


Rachel is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in Anthropology who wandered to Alaska in 2000 and has been wandering here and around the world ever since. She spent the winter of 2017 hiking the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in Spain, has explored Mexico, Tahiti and Washington DC, just this year! She has also been a past resident of Alaska but currently calls Portland home. She loves spending time on the water and encourages our visitors to visit the Naknek beach and Brooks camp, they are amazing places and loves to fish herself with a preference for sightfishing and dry flies.


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Linda Jack


Linda previously lived in Alaska for ten years but now calls Idaho home. She loves Alaska and her time spent here. After she left she just had to return to reconnect with family and friends in Bristol Bay and we are REALLY glad she did! Now she enjoys the best of both worlds, Alaska in the summer and her son, daughter, 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and the cutest little teacup poodle you ever did see, Gingersnap, in the winter. She also enjoys working on her photography skills, walking, and of course fishing.


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Aurora Tretikoff


Aurora was born and raised in King Salmon, Alaska with her parents and two sisters. This is her first year with us at Bear Trail Lodge. Both of her sisters have been part of the Bear Trail team in prior years and she spent several years participating in the swim team Nanci coached. She enjoys four wheeling like any Alaskan, and playing volleyball and hanging out with her friends. In the future Aurora wants to attend college and travel to other states with her friends.


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Cassie Champlin


Cassie has lived in California for the last three years but was born and raised in Texas. This is her first time to Alaska and she brought her puppy Sebastian to help out at the lodge. They both work hard as part of your team serving dinner and keeping everything clean and shiny, her skills are quite good, Sebastian still requires a bit of coaching, but he’s always willing to give everything a try! They also enjoy kayaking, hiking, reading, and playing with the rest of the fur babies around the lodge.


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Sarah Hall


Sarah is from Rose Valley Washington and is joining us for her ninth year as a Bear Trail team member. She is affectionately called another daughter of Nancis or a sister of Rylie's because she pretty much grew up at the lodge. Sarah has accomplished lots in her short life like winning the Washington State High School Equestrian award, has studied abroad in Italy for a year, and is now about to enter her 4th year studying law at Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington. She loves Alaska and it keeps her coming back every year.


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Dockhands


Logan Reynolds


Logan’s grandpa and his great-grandpa have been visiting Bear Trail Lodge every year since 1987 to fish kings with Nanci. This is Logan’s third year working here at the Lodge as a dock hand and fly out guide. During the winter he lives in Lewiston, Idaho where he enjoys hunting, fishing, riding dirt bikes, and anything else that takes place in the outdoors. He loves learning new things and exploring the wonders of his surroundings.


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Cedric Hamon


Cedric was born and raised in Bristol Bay and has been a familiar face around Bear Trail Lodge since 2015. His mother and sister are also part of the Bear Trail gang and help out at the lodge during the winter season. Cedric attended the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy and completed his private pilots license just last year, right here in Bristol Bay and now he plans to become a pilot for a lodge in the area, hopefully Bear Trail Lodge.


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Cord Ballantyne


Cord is a resident of Bristol Bay and will be a freshman this fall at Bristol Bay High School. He loves growing up here and truly enjoys the beauty Bristol Bay offers. One of his favorite ways to enjoy the area is to travel up Big Creek in the early morning. The favorite thing he enjoys about being a part of the Bear Trail team is the smiles on everyones faces. He hopes to follow in his moms footsteps and become a pastor in the future, he has already had his first opportunity to actually preach this summer and he LOVED it!!!


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Fleet Mechanic


Jay Thompson


Jay is a mis-placed Kentuckian who has spent most of his life in Alaska. He graduated Bristol Bay High School and during his time in school was hired on a work study program by NEA, the local electric cooperative. After graduating he attended AVTEC a vocational school located in Seward, Alaska to attain multiple degrees in mechanics. He now works full time as a lead mechanic on the night shift for NEA, making sure the lights stay on throughout Bristol Bay. We also are lucky to have him taking care of the fleet of vehicles at Bear Trail Lodge. When he’s not working, Jay likes to weld, hunt, fish and explore on his four wheeler or work on his restoration of a WWII Jeep.


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Grounds Crew


Barry Higdon


Barry is a born and raised Bristol Bay resident, he just graduated from Bristol Bay Borough School this past fall with honors! He is a new addition to the Bear Trail team that we hope stays on board for a while. You may not see him a lot, he works behind the scenes in the kitchen and we hope to get some additional time out of his busy, duel job schedule and have him work on lodge maintenance as well. He plans on sticking around Bristol Bay for another year or two before he does some exploring of the rest of the world. Barry loves working here because of the great people on the Bear Trail Team and we are glad to have him because he is one of them!


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