Elmwood School on Trail

Each winter a group of girls from Elmwood School in Ottawa come to Chocpaw for a 3 day dog sled expedition.  41 girls divided into 3 groups.  Every year these are great groups.  Hard working & enthusiastic.IMG_1264

Instructions were done the night before.  By 9:45 all the sleds are loaded & tied down.  25 sleds.

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This is a group effort.  Everyone hauls dogs from the yard to the line.

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Everyone helps harness dogs.

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Some hold leaders while others hook team dogs.

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Team effort ensures a quick & orderly hook up.

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It really is amazing how quickly we can hook several expeditions with everyone helping.

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Controlled departure from the kennel.  Teams tight together & on tight side of the road.

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Some 6 dog teams.

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Some 5 dog teams.  Team size reflects size of people, load carried & trail conditions.

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Zero, front right red dog looking for a home.  So is Fallon.  Big black dog on the wheel.

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Causeway over the South River.  The trail crosses the South River 3 times before first camp.

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Road support.  We can monitor dogs & people & ensure all is good before they disappear into the bush.

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Cheery wave goodbye.

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Winter wonderland here in South River.  Great trails.  Really nice sledding weather.