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On the way to Kap Hope

By TheURL  
In the far distance straight ahead of us, you can just see the abandoned village of Kap Hope, where I took the photo posted as "This Old House" a few days ago. Here we're sitting on Musk Ox hides tied to a wooden sled pulled by 14 dogs across the frozen sea. It's about -27C but the air is crisp and bone-dry. We're following the tracks made by snowmobiles as the snow on top of the ice slows the dogs' progress. The musher stops from time to time to look out for bears, his loaded shotgun along with a thermos of coffee and a packet of biscuits is in the sack behind me.

My thanks to Norm and John for their UAs yesterday for the Church at Ittoqqortoormiit photo.

Tags: Greenland Landscape and travel Ittoqqortoormiit Kap Hope Dog-Sled

Voters: Kaxxie, iNKFIEND, mrswoolybill and 23 more



banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4354 Canada
26 Apr 2022 10:36PM
The lead dog always has the best view!

Nice perspective.

TheURL Plus
2 20 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2022 10:44PM
Thanks - yes it's not easy as usually the musher is in the way! You might be interested in the way they attach the dogs to the sled, which differs from how it's done in parts of Canada, not least because of the absence of trees. You can also place photos showing dog-sleds geographically by looking at the sled design, which differs from one part of the country to another. But I'm not going to claim to be a dog-sled expert!
Spkr51 7 United States
26 Apr 2022 11:23PM
Great shot *****
TheURL Plus
2 20 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2022 11:38PM
Thanks - and thanks for the UA too Smile Simon
Nigel_NZ 17 26 3 New Zealand
27 Apr 2022 9:36AM
Good to know petro-chemical power snow mobile is assisting the dog team, akin to a snow plough on a street, but how far does a snow mobile go on a tank full? and there doesn't appear to be any Little Thief stops in sight, again, so many questions, sorry, just piques my interest.
Thanks for posting, once again, I like these images, thanks.
TheURL Plus
2 20 1 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2022 11:23AM
Hi Nigel - that's a very holistic way of looking at it Smile I believe the range is about 200 miles at about 20 mpg, depending on how you drive them of course - they have no gears so are probably not the most efficient bits of machinery. If they want to go further than that they take a spare tank of gas with them in a trailer on skies.

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