All that I wanted to accomplish during the journey was achieved quicker than the planned two months. I could not have wished for better conditions. It took a year to plan and prepare but my dogs made this journey look so easy.
The return home Photo: Jennifer Elcomb
Above everything else it is the attention to dog detail that results in successful journeys. Dogs require more than equipment, training and conditioning. Feeding, what to feed and timely rest periods are as high on my list of priorities as anything. At the end of Polar Lyon – Part 3 is a short film where you can experience my dog feeding routine. And of course there were the hours and hours of training runs such as the one seen in the video taken from my sled-mounted video camera. The crescendo of all this hard graft was the journey.
When we departed to begin the journey we also needed luck. We got it and grabbed it with white knuckled fists and worked even harder to make it work for us.
And King? Now all is right with his world. His vigil is over.
|King's vigil is over Photo: Jennifer Elcomb|
It has been a wonderful winter. No. It has been priceless.
Journey 2012 - Part 2 will follow soon.......
For more about Gary and his dogs go to www.garyrolfe.com