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 M17077 “alumni” but new-comers with good fitness and previous outdoor experience are welcome.
"Dog-Pulking" Trip. 6 nights total, 5 days/4 nights on trail, 1st and last nights in lodges, led by senior guide Dave Gossage. "Pulking" is very popular in Scandinavia and has a long rich history inspired by explorers Fridthof Nansen and Roald Amundsen. You'll travel by ski or snowshoe assisted by a dog or two harnessed to your pulk (a small riderless sled with your trail gear). You'll learn to control the pulk with a tow line while traveling either alongside it, behind it or between the dogs and the sled. You'll travel slower and steadier than you would by dog sled, with more sustained excursion but with fewer of the spills and tangles that come with wielding the big sleds and large teams. You don't need to be an athlete or ski racer for this trip but you should be comfortable on skis and/or snowshoes and have good cardiovascular fitness. Because it involves fewer dogs (we call it our "dog lite" trip), we can offer this trip at a lesser rate than our other advanced trips. Plus, pulking is a technique that you, with minimal equipment and a good-sized pet dog - can adapt for your own trips.
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