This was cool. This was so cool.
First, from the drive out to the mountain:
And then the dogs!
These dogs are Greenland sledding dogs, not huskies. They're quite small and quite strong; the musher was telling us a story that she had four people on the sled and two feet on the break, going uphill, and the dogs still managed to move the sled. The temperature was around zero, I think, but it was still not as cold as the dogs like it - they like it really cold! They were very friendly, as you can probably tell from the picture, and they love pulling sleds - as you will see.
The sleds seat three people, while the runners in the back can hold the musher and one extra person. Guess who volunteered to stand on the runner first:
In order to protect their paws from snow, the dogs wore little pink booties:
|They're bright pink so that when they fall off, they're easy to see in the snow|
|The lady in the red coat was our musher. She was originally from France and went to Canada to learn how to mush, and now lives in Iceland.|
Once they got the dogs in the traces, they knew it was time to go! They started howling like crazy and jumping against the traces, trying to run! I tried to get a video, but fumbled with my phone and only got some pictures:
Because I was originally on the back, holding onto the handle, I couldn't take any pictures; I was holding on with both hands. But once we paused and switched places, I started taking both pictures and video. A lot of the videos aren't particularly good, because I was trying to remember all the etiquette of shooting with an iPhone, but I think you can see how fast the dogs were moving in all of them:
|This, according to the musher, was the only actual Alaskan husky; she said the dogs we usually think of as huskies are Siberian huskies, while Alaskan huskies are hybrids of different breeds|
One of them knew my feet were cold!
And then we were off and running again!
And, finally, we got back to the base camp, and it was time for the dogs to rest:
I'd write more if my computer weren't so low on battery, but long story short - super cool!
Apparently I uploaded the videos as pictures. I did not know that was possible... anyway, to cut on the difficulties, I decided to upload the videos to YouTube and just link to them here: