Basic 1/2 and Day Dog Sledding Tours
Upon booking your accommodations and tour preferences we will send
you out a confirmation. Start times will be determined prior to your
arrival, please adhere to them as closely as possible. If you face bad
weather or there is any other reason why you will not arrive on time,
please contact Ed Schmidt on his cell at 705-499-9941
At the start of your tour you will meet at the designated location
(see included Map) you will have the opportunity to meet with your dog
team in preparation for the tour. We like to allow plenty of time for
rest stops, lunch on the trail,( full day tour) or a break ( 1/2 day
tour) and to take advantage of the many incredible photo opportunities
that will present themselves in this beautiful winter wilderness area.
Although the pace will be set and geared towards your experience and
ability, this adventure will challenge you physically. You will be active
from the time you arrive until the time you leave. You will help move
the dogs in and out of the truck and harness and hook the into a team,
drive the sled yourself along with a partner. Driving a team involves
controlling the sled by leaning pulling on the handle bar in turns,
applying brake pressure to slow the sled on descents, learning the commands
the dogs will respond to, and running or walking uphill and pushing
or peddling to help the team as needed. There will be instances where
you will be running alongside or behind the sled.
When considering your clothing for any winter trekking experience remember
to layer to stay warm. Your layers should be easy to remove as you warm
up from exercise and conversely to add layers as you begin to cool.
This is not the time to make a fashion statement or to bring everything
you own. Remember the more you bring the more it will affect your progress.
Most people can come up with practical layers without spending a fortune,
if anything at all. Think of organizing your clothing into three different
layers and make sure to bring an extra of all your base layers.
This layer is next to your skin. It is important to wear something
that will wick moisture away from your skins surface. A synthetic
material such as "polyester" works best but wool, silk and
thermal underwear can provide adequate protection. Different
material blends such as polypro/wool or polyester/wool blends provide
an excellent compromise and sometimes are preferred. You should never
wear cotton next to your skin as it will retain moisture and it will
stay cold. You can look for these items at any outdoor store or there
is usually a selection at Value Village or any consignment store.
This is your insulation layer. Any materials that will provide warmth
will work in this layer. Synthetic materials such as polar fleece
are ideal but not essential. Blue jeans or any cotton
material are not recommended or acceptable for this activity. Wool is
fine. Wool and fleece are ideal and also can be picked up at a fraction
of the price at consignment stores.
This layer is your protective outer layer and the key element to block
out the wind and wetness of the snow. A breathable waterproof
coat should provide the necessary protection. A ski jacket and pants
are also a good choice, but remember the water proof factor. If this
layer is not waterproof there are safe products on the market to add
protection, such as Scotch Guard sprays and Dubbins but try to get a
waterproof material. Please note the difference between water resistant
and waterproof. Water resistant materials will soak up the moisture
in the snow and will become heavy and wet.
Your hands and feet are the first appendages that will become cold.
Protecting your feet will require liner socks made of polypropylene
and wool socks and warm boots with removable liners. Hiking
boots or ski boots are not adequate. Try "Sorrels" rated
at at least -25C. Warm waterproof mitts with pull out liners for
general use and thin gloves for handling and harnessing the dogs are
both essential. Do not forget that a warm wool/ fleece
lined hat will keep 60% of your body heat from escaping.
|Boots with removable Liners
||Socks (2 pair)
|Pants (1 outer, 1 inner)
||Mittens (2 pairs)
||Gloves (1 pair)
Personal items such as sunscreen, lip balm, camera, a light pair of
boots and a change of clothing for the ride home could be included at
your discretion. We also recommend that you bring a supply of disposable
hand and foot warmers. Make sure that you bring a supply of water along
with you as well.