An Introduction to Dog Mushing
Wayfinder half day trips are a hands on introduction to dog mushing. You’ll find our Alaskan Huskies to be amazingly friendly as you learn to harness and build your team along with your guide. No experience is needed. We’ll be with you all the way to encourage you and to teach mushing skills. It’s all about having fun and learning.
Dogsled Half-Day Trips
Tour Availability: November – March
Tour Times: 9 am – 1pm & 1:30 pm – 5:30pm
Distance: 12 miles in Alaska’s backcountry
Guest Limit: 4 guests
Snacks and warm drinks provided.
We supply all heavy Arctic over gear, boots and mitts for our adventures together. You will be expected to bring basic winter clothing from our clothing list.
You’ll start your tour with us in our log home overlooking the great Denali Mountain. We’ll make plenty of time to give you a “Mushing 101” orientation so you’ll be ready for your adventure.
We’ll help you to get suited up for the cold. We will send you a basic clothing list and will chat with you before you arrive. We provide heavy Arctic over parkas, mitts, boots and bibs to supplement what you have but you’ll need to bring your warmest clothes and basic clothing list as well.
Once we are all geared up we’ll head out side to meet our Iditarod racing kennel of friendly Alaskan Huskies. This is an exciting time so expect our dogs to be making lots of noise as they howl and bark “pick me, pick me”!
Together, we’ll show you how to harness the dogs and chat about each animal. Each dog certainly has their own personality and where they run best in the team. If the snow conditions are such, we’ll teach you how to put booties on their feet as well. Together we will build your team, taking each dog to their spot on the line in front of the sleds. Expect the dogs to be jumping up and down with excitement. This is what they live for!
Our dogs are racing Alaskan Huskies and you’ll be amazed at how much ground they cover and how fast they are. Your guide will be mushing with you on our custom “Double Driver Sled” and it’s a blast. Our sleds give you the opportunity to be active in driving the sled with your guide or simply enjoy sitting while your guide drives the team. Either way, hang on tight as you launch out into the wilderness we call “our office”.
We encourage everyone to experience driving the Double Driver Sled, but don’t be surprised if you fall and make a snow angel in the side of the trail. 😀 It’s all in fun because at some time or other it’s happened to us as well. Mushing is not always as easy as it looks.
On our mush be sure to be ready with your camera. We’ll make several stops for pictures and if we are lucky we might get to see our neighboring moose, wolf or Alaskan fox near the trail.
After the run we’ll encourage you to help get each dog to their own house and give them a special meat snack of salmon or beef and of coarse a little drink as well.
We hope you’ll join us in our log home after the mush to warm up and have some of Kathi’s signature cookies and hot drinks.