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.
Central Wilderness Circle. 6 nights total, 4 nights/5 days on the trail covering 40 miles, 1st and last night in lodges, led by our staff. This delightful route packs in great variety with travel on both forest trails and lake trails. It also includes some fast travel on packed tracks as well as trail-breaking through virgin snows capes. Embarking from Moose Lake, we’ll head up through Ensign Lake and Knife Lakes. After a stop at Pine Island (The “Root Beer Lady” Dorothy Molter's historic home site), we’ll venture into the dramatic topography of Kekekabic country and pass by the heart of the “BWCA Blowdown of 1999”, the legendary storm that left a moonscape in its wake. We’ll emerge at Fraser and Thomas Lakes and finish up via a 9-mile overland winter trail that takes us on towards Snowbank along narrow forested draws, a perfect grand finale, and all enjoyed in moderate March weather!
Price: pm Mon. Feb 23 - am Sun. Mar 1 - $1,075.
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