Compared with our beginning trips, these highly adventurous treks involve dogsledding and skiing greater distances and deeper into the wilderness to reach the north wood top scenic and historic sites. Open to adults and teens in good fitness who are ready for a physical challenge in a remote winter setting. Previous camping experience (summer or winter) and familiarity with skiing is helpful because the skills you’ll learn on these trips are gained largely along the trail.
During the first evening’s orientation at the lodge. The guides will organize your group as a team so that when the trek is launched the next morning, everyone is prepared to learn and assist with camp and trail duties. Each group of 6-7 participants (plus 2 guides) has 2 freight sleds driven by 2 persons each. This means that 4 participants are mushing at any given time while others in rotation are following along on skis. But since these trips take you far off the beaten path across unbroken snows capes, the travel pace is very moderate (like a brisk walking pace).
Technical skiing skills are not needed but you do need to be reasonably fit and willing to give skiing a try. These trips are grand adventures, sometimes challenging, always rewarding and led by our most senior guides or by arctic explorer Paul Schurke. Most of the participants on these trips are returning Wintergreen “alumni” but new-comers with good fitness and previous outdoor experience are welcome.
Crooked Lake Lop. 6 nights total, 4 nights/5 days on trail covering 30 miles, 1st and last night in lodges, led by Paul Schurke. Enjoy the scenic highlights of the Boundary Waters’ spectacular border route in their winter splendor, including Curtain Falls, the Beartrap River, Table Rock, the Indian pictographs of Sunday Bay, the old airplane and WWII “weasel” in the woods, Warrior Hill and the spectacular Painted Cliffs of Lac La Croix. Visiting this sacred pocket of wilderness at the height of winter is an annual pilgrimage for us. If you want 'real' winter, this is your trip - January means short days, deep snow, brisk temps and generally clear skies (more chance to enjoy stars and northern lights). And you don’t want to miss our annual boot hockey or curling match on “Howlin’ Wolf” bay!
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