working with dogs
and mental ability
and water requirements
to meet/local overnight accommodations
orientation evening reviews the logistics of the day outing, and
the optional weekend overnight camping trip.
The day outing includes basic level instruction, and several kilometers
of touring in teams of 2 (each participant in a team will lead,
and provide backup) with dog sled teams of 6 dogs.
students who desire to go to the next level, a weekend overnight
excursion will be offered. The weekend expedition involves sledding
20 30 kilometers to a remote winter camping site, where
the group will set up a basecamp, and participate in all activities.
transportation to/from outing locations provided by students.
(allow 3 hours driving time to sites).
*Held at a remote wilderness trail site, near the town of Kearney
(east of Burks Falls, northeast of Huntsville, on the western
boundary of Algonquin Provincial Park.
*Meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the outing(s) site; day outing
ends by 5:00 p.m. Saturday, weekend outing ends by 4 p.m. Sunday.
who lack proper conditioning may be asked to participate as a
passenger with a sled team if safety issues necessitate.
will be a 30 minute lunch break mid-way through the outing
-snow/winter boots i.e. Sorrels, Kamiks, Snowmobile boots, preferably
with wool/felt liners
-change of winter clothing, utilizing the concepts of layering,
with a waterproof/windproof approach (parka, rain gear, wool sweater,
wool hat & mitts, wool socks, sunglasses-U.V. rated, wool
or fleece pants etc.)
-sunscreen, lip balm, water bottle + 2 litres of water, lunch
and snacks i.e. power bars, gorp, granola bars, sandwiches etc.
-survival gear: compass, map, fox-40 whistle, matches, etc.
-snowshoes (especially for the weekend expeditions)