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Dog Sledding

Yukon - Feb. 2008

Dog sled used to be the only way to travel great distances in the Canadian far north and they are still used today. Mushing has become a very popular activity with visitors to the Yukon and many outfitters will takes people out for extended dog sledding adventures. Of course, I had to give it a try.

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These dogs love to run and they get really excited when they see the sleds getting ready.

With the long cold winters up here, the spots where the dogs like to pee turn into elaborate ice sculptures.

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The dogs are not vicious, they just want to hit the trail. They bark like crazy until they get moving, then it goes totally silent.

A typical sled with an eight dog team at the ready.

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Once they have their harness on, it's running time even in extremely cold temperatures. this day was well into the -30C range.