In Alaska and parts of the continental U.S., dog sledding might just be the best mode of transportation for snowbound ruralites.
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!