Richard Rees – Co-owner of Wild Spirit AB
Richard is the co-owner of Wild Spirt AB, alongside his wife Claire Rees. Together they have emigrated to Sweden and set up their dog sledding business, which has been running since 2011. Richard has had a love for working dogs all of his life, and his passion came for huskies when he bought 2 huskies as a starting point when he was running his bushcraft school in Wales. Any husky owner will tell you, that 2 huskies are never enough. From two became 8 and the rest is history. Now they own around 80 huskies in Sweden delivery dog sledding activities for groups, families, corporations and charities.
Richard has also a great love for the outdoors, and during his life in Wales he set up a successful bushcraft school, delivering courses to groups, families, schools and the local council, which were all very successful resulted in Wild Spirit UK making a very good name for itself and it is still running to this day.
Richards knowledge on arctic survival, hunting, trapping, wild food foraging and making reindeer skin clothing is quite extensive, and mostly because of his passion he self taught or he has researched from the natives themselves. His interest in working with the nature started when he was quite young, nothing was stopping him then, and nothing is stopping him now!
Working with the reindeer skins clothing has become a great passion of his over many years, he sources high quality skins from the Sami Reindeer Herders from Northern Jämtland. Working with reindeer skins and creating parkas began as a personal hobby and he is self taught, the parkas are custom made to people’s personal specifications and preferences.
Richard personally wears his reindeer skin parka when his out with his sled team during tourist season. He was inspired from an early age on the mountain men of Alaska & Canada. Richard started the Bushcraft School together with Claire many years ago in wales, before they moved to Sweden, which is completely different from Wales.
Claire Rees – Co-owner of Wild Spirit AB
Claire’s background is in Health, fitness and project management. She has development many successful projects in Wales for the public sector. When she and Richard moved to Sweden her role was focusing on the project management side of the business.
As the business has grown then Claire has mostly gained the strategic role in the business
Claire loves meeting people and working to meet their needs, she believes that when people book a trip of a lifetime. She spends a lot of time and effort making sure that everybody is happy: husband, staff, volunteers, guests and most importantly the dogs.
Joe Rees – Handler
Furthermore Joe decided to move from wales, for the wild’s of Northern Scandinavia, to work with a Dog sledding company. He has proved himself as a reliable young man. He is also a confident dog handler. Joe acts as our snow machine back up when the weather is bad.
Adrian Hill – Handler
Adrian from Australia, applied through Workaway similarly he took this nomadic lifestyle & decided to work with us, after his 3 year epic adventure travelling through Europe. He has proved himself as a confident dog handler. Eventually he returned to Australia, in the hope that he will be back someday.