Good to know
Well deserved break
The two alternative routes give us security and the option to spontaneously adapt to changing conditions. We always try to have at least one day of rest, which not only the dogs but we can benefit from.
The distance covered during the longer route of the expedition is about 500 km.
This tour is strenuous for the dogs! That’s why we’ve set up a depot roughly at the halfway mark of this tour, allowing us to reduce the load on the sleds. The dog food, for 6 teammates, alone weighs half a tonne, which distributed on the sleds is at least 80kgs per! That’s why we have to be economise on the remaining gear.
Because of the weight and length of the tour participants should be prepared to support the dogs where possible. Should they loose their will, we’ll quickly be left out in the cold (no pun intented).
“With the dogs we are everything – without them nothing”
During the tour it is important to develop an intiuitive sense for the mental and physical condition of the dogs. What have the dogs done so far? What do they face during the next stage?
Only once you can correctly read the condition of the dogs is it possible to continuously motivate and support them.