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 our company's “alumni” but new-comers with good fitness and previous outdoor experience are welcome.
Director's Choice Tutorial Trip. 6 nights total, 4 nights/5 days on the trail covering 40 miles or so, 1st and last night in lodges, led by Paul Schurke. As our “alumni” know, we’ve garnered a lot of info over the years about the north woods and the world of winter that we share on our trips – but most of it gets shared very informally and casually. On this special trip we’ll take a more purposeful tack and present a campfire seminar each morning and/or evening on a variety of topics: cold weather physiology, winter ecology, navigation skills, winter meteorology and climate change, the winter sky. And while we’ll be traveling by dog sled and ski each day (on a route of Paul’s choosing), we’ll also take time on most afternoons for a field trip or workshop to apply this information – perhaps a snowshoe orienteering course, a flora identification hike, constructing snow shelters or nighttime dogsledding with Orion as our guide. We’ll enjoy a grand adventure together but instruction, discussion and learning-by-doing will be the focus of this special trip.
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