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5 Day Hut To Hut Dog Sledding Adventure

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Fairbanks, Alaska, USA 5 DAYS
SUN 27 FEB 2022 - THU 3 MAR (UTC-09:00)
Register before 24 Feb 22 to hold your spot

Overview

We will travel by dog team into the remote, pristine wilderness of the White Mountains National Recreation Area. A Northern extension of the Rocky Mountains, the White Mountains are marked by rolling black spruce forest, rocky limestone cliffs, open river valleys, and mountain ridges adorned with mystical black granite tors. BLM provides beautiful log cabins dotted at regular intervals along the route.

It is estimated that visitors who stay in Fairbanks for three days have a 90% chance of viewing the northern lights. We maximize your chances with a 5 day, 4 night aurora tour scheduled during the darkest and most active skies of the year. 

Is this trip right for me?

Are you an adventurous soul?  A dog lover? Do you love winter? Are you desirous of a closer connection to nature?  Answer yes to any one of these?  Then yes!  This trip might be perfect for you! 

No previous mushing experience is required. We will teach you everything you need to know to feel comfortable and equipped for your days on the trail. 

​That being said, dog mushing is a physical activity...from harnessing dogs to standing on the sled all day, you will need to be reasonably able-bodied in order to fully enjoy this experience. This five day trip goes deep into the heart of a wilderness area. Sections of trail are steep and technical. If you are hesitant about your ability to manage a dog team, please contact Lisbet & she will guide you through a series of questions designed to evaluate your abilities. You are probably better suited for this than you think. 

You do not need previous experience with cold weather climates, but you will need to equip yourself with a proper set of winter base layers in order to ensure your comfort and safety. Even though it is spring in Alaska, weather and temperatures can still be harsh and unpredictable. We will provide you with a list of suggested & required gear -- your comfort is our utmost concern ! 

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Cabin Accommodations

The White Mountains NRA has 12 beautiful log cabins dotted at 10-20 mile intervals along hundreds of miles of trails frequented more commonly by caribou and wolves than people. The cabins are rustic, with an open concept design. Each cabin can comfortably accommodate 6 people, the largest up to 12. The cabins are outfitted with a wood stove, a small kitchen, and a large table with benches. A favorite feature all the cabins share is a large picture window orientated toward the best view the location has to offer. There is an outhouse at each cabin. 
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When is the best time to see the aurora?

Although the northern lights can be viewed in Fairbanks from August through April even at Kp0,* your chance of seeing the lights increases when the skies are clear.  March, followed by April & February, are historically the months with the lowest precipitation in Fairbanks, meaning clear skies and good chances of spotting the aurora. The northern lights are caused by charged particles from the sun (solar wind) hitting the Earth’s magnetosphere. Around the equinoxes (fall and spring), the Earth’s axis is side-on to the sun, which happens to sync with the magnetic field of the solar wind. That means that during the equinoxes in March and September, charged particles are more likely to be accelerated down the field lines of Earth’s magnetosphere, causing the northern lights.** 

​*Kp is used to measure aurora strength. 

**There is no guarantee we will see the northern lights. While regularly observed in Fairbanks, they are still an unpredictable natural phenomenon highly dependent on
weather and cloud cover. We can guarantee: good food, tasty snacks, amazing scenery, comfortable cabin accommodations and lots of time with our amazing huskies!

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will i drive my own dog team?

Yes. You will drive and be responsible for your own small team of 4-6 dogs. On orientation day, your professional dog sledding guide will introduce you to your team, give you a lesson on how to drive the sled, and take you out on a short trip to practice your new mushing skills. You will learn how to harness a sled dog, and how to slow and stop your team. Your guide drives their own team just ahead of you, keeping an eye on the dogs, the trail, and your progress. You will drive a dog sled all five days.

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Location
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
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