Weekend fun? Skijoring!

Weekend fun on out on the fjord. No experience necessary.

Sola and the boys, Gibson and Gobi. It's fun to ski with two at once!

Break time with our whole gang.


Meet the Team

Meet my furry fjord friends. I thought people may appreciating seeing their faces, since most pics are bums by nature of the activity. All are retired from teams in Iqaluit.

Gobi, 5 yrs old male. I was told he was named after the Gobi Desert in China. Timid at first, he's friendly and happy-go-lucky once he's met you. Gibson's brother.

Gibson, 5 yrs old male. I was told he was named after the Gibson Desert in Australia. Sometimes I've seen his name spelled as Gypson and Gipson, but I'm sticking with the spelling for the desert since that's where it came from. Curious and quick to grab loose mittens, he's a real ham and enjoys good rubs. Gobi's brother.

Nuvuja, 7 yrs old female. Her Inuktitut name indicates clouds, probably in reference to her cloudy colors and general fluff. Cuddly and calm, she's a little powerhouse and the motivating force of the team.


Learning how to run a dog team

For years I have toyed with the idea of having my own dog team, and this winter I find myself with three retired Inuit sled dogs and a whole lot of enthusiasm for dog sledding! It's every bit as fantastic as I'd hoped. So much to learn, and so much fun.

I got the dogs in early December, and by mid December was able to move them from the beach to the sea ice near my home. I slowly began taking them out skiing one by one to get used to them, and by late December tried running with them for the first time, with the gracious support of Markus by snowmachine. On January 8th I took them for the first time on my own. With only three dogs this may not seem like a big deal, but it was a big step for me and I'm really proud of the accomplishment! Being able to go alone means I can take them out more often without having to wait for someone to support me. I have two wonderful "helpers" in town, but they aren't always available when I'm keen to go for a run. Here are some photos from our first solo trip.

We started out with 30 minute and 1 hour trips, but later in the month we tried two hours. We're slowly increasing strength and teamwork, and therefore increasing distances and time. This was the first longer trip on January 15, two hours and a total of about 20 kilometers.

Break time!

I'm becoming very fond of those bums!

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