Monday, February 22, 2010

Minimalist sledding

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Here's Sil, Isi and me going at full throttle with Solan, Mazunte and Bibi supplying thrust and gravity contributing to speed.

This is called "skijoring", and is just one never-ending bungee jump. Hook dogs up to a bike and it's called "bikejoring". "

The main challenge, when doing this, is to remember to stand far apart while starting up or while resting, otherwise the dogs tangle those lines something awful.

6 comments:

Oldfool said...

I love the way working dogs and some working horses throw themselves into their work with such glee.

Makes me ashamed of my lazy ass.

Andy in Germany said...

Now I know how I want to go shopping in the snow. Just have to learn to be upright on Ski's more than a couple of seconds.

And find a dog

Seriously though- I'm assuming this is possible as a form of transport?

Northmark said...

Oldfool: I feel the same. Awe and humility confronted with working animals.

Andy: Yes, it's serious transport! When I had "only" one dog, I would connect him with stanchions to a small transport sled, a "pulka". We could cover 40 - 50 km a day (70 km record), completely independent.

Hudson Gardner said...

Beautiful!!!

dogsled_stacie said...

I find switching to the manmat harnesses for skijoring eliminates *most* of our tangle problems! And my dogs are PROS at getting tangled and not being able to get out of said tangles.

Check it out - we just had a 100-MILE skijoring race here in the Yukon! Three skijorers started AND finished! Now that's some cool transportation.

kris said...

We want longer movies !