Archive for the ‘ACTIVITIES & WORK’ Categoryby Northernmost on February 5, 2012 in ACTIVITIES & WORK, Leia, Skijoring & Sledding, Thunder, Tuisku with No Comments
We usually prefer skijoring to sledding but when the temperature drops below -30C it’s quite nice to dress up in heavy winter gear and stand on the runners in warm boots instead. Today I hooked up Leia, Tuisku and Thunder and went for a trip along the Lake Trail. The pale winter sun accompanied us for a while before sinking behind the treetops. This time of the year, everywhere you look is white and blue and beautiful…
This week’s cold spell has finally made the ice on the lake thick enough for safe skijoring. We had -34C (-29F) this morning but it didn’t feel that bad when I got out in the sunshine with Thunder and Leia. I love the open expanses of the lake, it’s a great sense of freedom being able to skijor in any direction. We’ll probably make another trip tomorrow.
Winter weekends are all about getting out on the trail, no matter the weather. Today we took Leia, Thunder and Tuisku out for a nice 10-mile ride (16km) along the forest trail. A couple of village kids passed us by on snowmobiles and wanted to say hello to the dogs, something which Thunder in particular really enjoyed. We also encountered two elk cows on the track – I had to hold on to Tuisku with both hands and unfortunately couldn’t take any pictures but they are BIG animals! We’re soon going out to feed the dogs their supper and then we’ll spend some time in the playarea before it’s time to call it a day. Feels like the dogs have had a good mix of work and play this weekend and we’ve had plenty of exercise. Now we’re hoping next week will bring clear blue skies and sunshine!
Nordiclight’s Thunder, WTD, WPD & Snowhow Shade of Raven, WTD
We have had lots of now lately and the groomed trails of last week are all gone. This didn’t stop us from going on a skijoring ride through the forest this morning. The big trees were blanketed heavily with snow, branches bending under the weight, creating a fairytale world in white. It was so still and quiet that we could hear birds sing deep into the woods. I wish everyone could experience a morning like this as it was true magic. Of course it was hard, sweaty work getting anywhere in the deep snow but that’s part of the fun. We had a warm cup of tea when we got back home and watched the Tour de Ski on television. Can’t get enough of winter!
We put on our skis today and worked our way through the snow clad forest in search of new trails for our working activities. So far this winter the local snowmobile club hasn’t been out preparing any trails so our Mals had to plough through heavy snow while we followed behind on our backcountry skis. It was hard work and we didn’t travel very fast but this kind of “discovery skijoring” is good fun and a great way of training commands, as the dogs have to collaborate well to pass trees without getting tangled (we didn’t use any necklines today) and when there is no trail to follow one quickly finds out if they REALLY know their left from their right. The weather was mostly cloudy and grey but we were welcomed by a beautiful pink sky as we reached the ocean.
Fun in the snow, followed by dinner at Grandma’s – what better way to celebrate Epiphany?
Hi everybody, our new website and blog are now up and running, hope you like it. We’ve had a break from the internet as we’ve been too busy carrying out work on our little farm this autumn. We’ve been clearing trees, putting up fences, constructing a new indoor run + outdoor playarea for Thunder and Leia, and more. Luckily winter is arriving late this year as we still have some work we want to complete before snow settles.
We had a beautiful summer in Nedre Bäck and also went on a WPDX-packing trip in Arctic Norway in August. You can see all pics from this northern adventure in our Gallery.
A quick report from our recent packing trip with Thunder, Tuisku and Gem; We had a great time hiking on the Norwegian island of Senja in Arctic Norway, even though it rained practically every day. Regardless of weather, Norway is still one of the most beautiful places on earth. Thunder and Tuisku completed their WPDX-titles and Gem completed her second leg towards this title. Below are a few photos from our trip, you can find more pictures in our Gallery.
Our Mals are featured on Canadian Urban Mush Puppy – a webshop based in Ontario, Canada, that specializes in providing equipment for sledding, scootering, skijoring and weightpulling.
Fredrik and Tuisku skijoring – April 2011.
Don’t they look great?! You find lots of useful equipment, together with photos of other working Malamutes at www.sleddogsleddingharnesses.com
Well done to our hardworking buddies Keikewabic’s Tundra Tuisku and Mtn Home’s Northernmost Gem for completing the requirements for their AMCA Working Team Dog Excellent Titles!!! During our two most recent trips Titan (Sledog Mountainous Peak) came along to support his friends and accumulate miles for his own future title – a big well done also to Titan for his excellent work on the trail! We had a fantastic Easter in the mountains, skijoring the Kebnekaise-loop during four days. We entered the mountains from Nikkaluokta via the Vistas River Valley, and passed Vistas, Nallo, Sälka, Singi and Keb during our trip, before returning to Nikkaluokta via the Laddju River Valley.
The first night on the trail – camping in Vistas.
Our second day – with the magnificent Stuor Reaiddávággi in the background.
Visit our KEBNEKAISE EXPEDITION GALLERY to see more photos from this fantastic trip!
We picked the right day for our Torne River excursion; brilliant sunshine and just a couple of degrees below zero – April at its best! The Torne River is a major highway for dog teams and snowmobiles travelling from the interior of Swedish Lapland to the mountains of the north. The river runs through the village of Jukasjärvi (home to the famous Icehotel) before reaching the village of Kurravaara, which was the starting point of our trip. We had brought Tuisku and Thunder along and they did great in harness. We skijored up to the Alajaure Nature Reserve and had a truly wonderful day out on the ice!
This was one of my favourite skijoring trips of the season – so far!
We’ve been on a skijoring trip in Swedish Lapland with Gem, Titan and Tuisku. A strenuous trail with lots of steep uphills that really tested our dogs’ stamina and determination, not to mention our own! I bought a new pair of backcountry skiing boots just prior to the trip and ended up with awful blisters on both feet. But spending a few days in the magnificent mountains is definitely worth the pain. It was amazing!!
You can see more photos from this trip in our “KATTERJÅKK TO ABISKO GALLERY”.
Nooo, we didn’t go to Greenland…but we did make another beautiful trip along the coast today, skijoring in the Bjuröklubb Nature Reserve with Tuisku and Titan.
In winter, the coastal landscape on the northern coast of Sweden looks a bit like a slice of Greenland. Directly behind the peaks the land drops steeply into the open ocean. We made sure we didn’t get too close to the edge.