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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.

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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!

last modification: 2016-04-10 · copyright: Rolf Stange