Dog Sledding in the Great Outdoors: A Gap Adventure

MADELEINE WENC | NEWS CORRESPONDENT 

If you have ever wanted to learn how to handle a team of dogs on a dogsled in the single most pristine wilderness location in North America, there’s a program coming up that would be perfect for you. St. Norbert College’s own Gap Adventure Program is offering a weeklong trip into the Boundary Waters of North America. During this time students will have the opportunity to learn to dogsled, camp on the frozen expanses of the Boundary Waters, stargaze and learn to Nordic ski.

The trip is led by instructors from Voyageur Outward Bound School, a trusted, well-known outdoor education group that does fantastic work in teaching people of all ages and physical and mental capabilities. Instructors from the school will accompany each group of attendees and teach them various skills, including Nordic skiing, winter camping, dog sledding techniques, sled dog care and trail scouting. For the majority of the seven day trip, attendees will stay in tents pitched on the ice, allowing for an incredible view of the stars.  The first and last nights of the adventure will be spent in simple cabins.

“I hope the program offers an adventure experience that cultivates personal grit, and teaches students a myriad of outdoor skills; and that this trip teaches students how to thrive in a backcountry setting during the winter.” said Morgan Johnson, Gap Experience Assistant Director at St. Norbert College.

Attendees are not expected to have any prior experience with any of the activities the trip offers, but those with moderate to high states of physical fitness would likely have the easiest time on the trip. Anyone interested will be screened by Voyageur Outward Bound School to make sure they have the capabilities required to successfully and enjoyably complete the trip. At least five people are required to sign up for the trip to be able to move forward as planned, but there is no upper limit to the number of people able to go. The adventure  is open to all St. Norbert College students.

While it is possible that this program will be offered again in later semesters, there is no guarantee. The more interest that is shown in this trip, the more likely that there will be a repeat of this event in the future.

For more information about this Gap program, contact Morgan Johnson at morgan.johnson@snc.edu.

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