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Trap­pers Trail – 09th April 2016

The Trap­pers Trail dog sled race is a good rea­son to be in Lon­gye­ar­by­en on a cer­tain Satur­day in mid April. It has been an annu­al tra­di­ti­on sin­ce 2009. On this wee­kend, 09th and 10th of April, 26 teams are joi­ning the race in one out of three cate­go­ries: ski and pulk with one, two or three dogs, while the mus­her is stan­ding on ski­es. Dog sled with 3-5 DP (dog powers) and dog sled with 6-8 DP.

The teams are star­ting at 1200, fol­lowing upon one ano­t­her every two minu­tes, from the area next to For­skings­par­ken (Sval­bard­mu­se­um, UNIS) under cheer­ful shou­ting of the onloo­kers. One or the other team does, of cour­se, make a stop on the left or right side to say hel­lo to a par­ti­cu­lar friend, some­thing that usual­ly invol­ves the dogs more than the mus­hers and is part of the fun, which is what it is all about. Then, they disap­pe­ar in the gre­at white not­hing in Advent­da­len (it is snowing today).

The race is taking the teams to Kapp Lai­la in Cole­s­buk­ta and tomor­row back along ano­t­her rou­te, a distance of altog­e­ther 75 km, inclu­ding some deman­ding ascents. A tough trip under a com­pe­ti­ti­on, but distance and ter­rain are well wit­hin what trai­ned dog teams regu­lar­ly do.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Over the years, the Trap­pers Trail dog sled race has built up a good repu­ta­ti­on bey­ond Lon­gye­ar­by­en and it is an estab­lis­hed part of the annu­al seri­es of events that attract both locals and visi­tors.

Good and safe trip to all par­ti­ci­pants!

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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