Date(s) Price(s)
January 26-29, 2023 $2000 per person
February 2-5, 2023 $2000 per person

Description

The trip starts with a Mushing 101 lesson. From there, we cross the lake or an easy trail through the woods to the first night’s camp. The second day is a mix of lake and trails covering approximately 15 miles. On the last day, we travel back to our vehicles across the lake and trails. The route varies depending on the trail conditions. We allow time to snowshoe and cross-country ski from our camps.

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  1. All food and gear for trip including boots, parkas, sleeping bags, pads, duffel bags, camp mukluks.
  2. One or two guides.

 

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  1. Transportation to Mahoosuc Guide Service
  2. Overnight stays at Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge or local motel or B & B

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We can design custom trips for groups to any of the areas where we guide: Maine, Ouje-Bougoumou, Quebec, and Nunavik.

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Safety and Basic Information for Dog Sledding Trips

Our trips are conducted in a very safety conscious way. We spend a lot of time prepping the trails before a trip by removing branches and blown down trees, packing the trails by snowmobile once we get snow. This is for the guest’s comfort and also to make it easier for the dogs to pull the sleds.

We go out before a trip to check the ice if we are planning to go on the lake by using an ice chisel to find out the thickness of the ice. We often mark our trails with fir boughs so we can find our old base in case of snow storms.

All of our trips are snowmobile supported so we can lighten the loads the dogs are pulling, provide a better trail and also have a snow vehicle in the case of an emergency.

We carry a couple fire starters at all times, a satellite phone and two-way radios for communication among the dog sledding guides, cross country ski guides and snowmobile support drivers. We do check in calls once or twice a day to Mahoosuc’s home base so any emergencies from people’s homes can be relayed on to them on the trail.

We always carry a first aid kit for both humans and canines.

If weather or trails are unsafe for any reason we can always adjust our itinerary to continue to conduct a safe and enjoyable experience for our guests and our canine friends.

Our trips are alcohol free for both guests and guides.

Trip Itinerary

The exact route and daily mileage will be determined just before the weekend based upon snow and trail conditions. The areas we do 4 Day All Mush trips can be Richardson Lake, Rapid River and Umbagog Lake. The route may be linear (point A to B) or a loop trip where we would retrace part of our route on the last day.

Day 1

Meet at 7 p.m. at Mahoosuc Guide Service.

Meet other group members, get outfitted with boots, parkas, gaiters, sleeping bags, duffel bags, etc. Look at maps and discuss route. Talk on how to dress and keeping warm.

Stay in Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge or Mahoosuc farmhouse (need to make reservations for this).

Day 2

A.M. Meet the dogs. Load up and transport to trailhead (30 – 45 minutes drive).

Lunch.

Load and rig dogsleds, dog sledding 101 lesson, mush 5-8 miles to camp.

Settle into camp, chop hole in ice for drinking water, heat wall tents, unpack gear.

Possible time to explore area by snowshoe or cross-country ski.

Day 3

Day trip by dog team from camp on lake or trail system depending on trail conditions.

Possible hot lunch around a campfire on the trail.

Return to camp.

Optional snowshoe/ski from camp.

Day 4

Load and rig sleds.

Mush 5-8 miles out to trailhead.

Lunch.

Return to Mahoosuc and finish by 3-4 p.m.