North meets south: First winter dog sledding in Revelstoke.

Dog sledding on Boxing Day. I miss Nunavut and it makes me so happy to be sledding again with my Inuit Sled Dogs. There is lots to learn figuring out sledding in the south. Two trips now and so far, so good!


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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