Dogsledding Experience

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Overview:

An introduction to dogsledding in the Great Canadian Winter Outdoors. Participants will learn how to handle a dog sled team, working in tandem with teams of 6 dogs.

Purpose:

To learn basic dogsledding skills.

Topics:

Instruction includes:

  • sledding equipment
  • working with dogs
  • harnessing
  • mushing techniques
  • trail safety
  • proper gear
  • winter clothing
  • footwear
  • snowshoes
  • physical and mental ability
  • food and water requirements
  • where to meet/local overnight accommodations

The 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.

For 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.

Duration:

  • one orientation evening , plus,
  • one day or one weekend dogsledding outing (see below)

Misc:

Note: transportation to/from outing locations provided by students.
(allow 3 hours driving time to sites).

Outing Details:
*Held at a remote wilderness trail site, near the town of Kearney (east of Burk’s 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.

*Participants who lack proper conditioning may be asked to participate as a passenger with a sled team if safety issues necessitate.

*There will be a 30 minute lunch break mid-way through the outing

What to bring:
-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)

 

Not offered this semester; available on request

 

 

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