It's Outward Bound 1998 W98. We gathered at Thunder Bay Airport and immediately changed into winter gear, Parka and Snow boots. We drove about 2 hours north-east to the
Black Sturgeon Lake base camp. We tried out our ski gear and tested run the dog teams.
We headed out in the afternoon of the 2nd day. It was a nice day, at least it was a clear day. Ski team would go first, to break trails for
the sled. Sled team would start later, but would pass the ski team along the way. Most people think it was easy to ride the sled. In reality,
it was not. Each sled weighed about 500lb, plus 2 riders, and pulled by 6 dogs. Most of the time we had to get off and run with them instead.
The views are incredible. Fresh and untouched white snow everywhere.
Sarah and our lead dog
How're you doing ?
There was no heat in the house Guess? -25C inside
Before we started
Gave them a good pet, they pulled hard
"wait till other team go first ..."
Hup Hup, Hup Hup, ..
This was our brakes
Dinning Hall, Outward Bound
Outhouse, Outward Bound
This time was the real deal!
Not everyone got to ride the sledge, Pack on...
Let's dig a few feet of snow, For waht?
For our Tarp-Tent!
Don't bother me I'm tired.
Cross-country with a pack was not easy neither. Because we were so bulked up by the winter clothing, it was very difficult to balance a swinging pack on ski.
See, we were the first ones to break the trails, no tracks yet!
Untouched snow on the Lake
Let's Dig ....
a hole for our water ....
Dogsled team followed our tracks
Thanks for our hardwork today, ... food .....
My signature shadow
These weren't railroad tracks Cross-country ski tracks
Yahoo Bridge, ..
Crossed one person at a time
We set up a wall tent for our New Year Eve.
More trails to come on the next few days. We made one day short to set up the wall-tent, so that we could celebrate on New Year Eve.
Setting up the tent was the easy part, but chopping a lot of wood wasn't. The wood stove just burned, burned and burned. I remembered we
chopped about 30 6-inch diameter trees to keep the stove burning for 4 hours.
Man, .. it's warm here inside
We have cake ...
I slept this sled one night
Someone's solo camp
Ain't kidding, 30°C below zero Acutally, that night was -45°C.
My solo night food We brought frozen soup !
Life was so simple here
Waala! Here it is.
Melting snow for water
Outward Bound !!
This was Thunder Bay Airport. Nothing but Ice and Snow. All flights were cancelled.
Getting colder and colder everyday, last night before we headed back to base camp was -45C. If you remembered, that new year (1999) brought
a snow/ice snow to the eastern province. Thunder Bay airport shut down, no flights in and out. We stayed in hotels for the night and celebrated.