The two most popular sledges for dog sledding are the standard lightweight model on the left and the eight-foot freighter on the right. The hefty freighter can haul 500 Pounds of cargo and a musher, but requires the pulling power of at least five strong sled dogs. Both snowriders are equipped with front bumpers (called "brush bows" by sled drivers).
A properly trained team is essential for effective dog sledding. Blanchie—Alfred Agree's lead dog—keeps her towline stretched out tight even when shes "on hold" waiting for the musher's next command.
PHOTO: ALFRED AGREE
The fishback sled harness is the best all-around dog "strapper" for both freighting and distance running.
A musher's view of a run in South Central Alaska's Talkeetna Range on a beautiful cloudless morning. Alfred's sled team can pull him as far as 60 miles in a single day!