What does a handler crew do when waiting for their team to arrive into Dawson? Make a dog camp that is as cozy and welcoming as possible.
This morning we headed back to camp to complete the work we started last night.
As mentioned in a previous post, the camp is not over the river this year so the camp ground set up was new for everyone. There are not the trees that we are accustomed to so it was an exercise in ingenuity to set up a stand alone shelter. There are some pretty tricked-out shelters and camp sites but we’ve gone with the old KISS philosophy and kept it simple.
First task last night was shovelling several cubic feet of snow to get a flat, packed surface for both the dog shelter and the arctic oven tent for the handlers. We brought several 2x2s with us to build a temporary frame to stretch a large tarpaulin over and secured one end with ropes to a lone tree and the other to some grader blades that the logistics team had dotted around the camp ground for us to use.
This morning we layered plenty of straw and laid out blankets and coats ready for the team to arrive.
We laid out all the kibble and meat snacks we sent via drop bags and organised the camp for efficient and effective use for the 36 hours. We think our athletes will be pretty happy here.
Now all we can do is wait…