Class II | Hotel Lodging
March 21 - 24, 2019
4 Days, 3 Nights
There's something about the silent rush of dog sledding in the Minnesota wilderness that is simultaneously invigorating and peaceful. Join a group of AdventurHERs on this long weekend in northern Minnesota in the Lake Superior National Forest region as we learn to drive our own team of sled dogs, chase the northern lights on snowshoe or cross-country ski night hikes with hot mulled cider, learn to ski-jor, and, of course, warm up in the sauna!
Every AdventurHER trip is led by a professional guide (trust us, you want someone with a lot of experience to teach you how to dog sled) and a Dedicated Adventure Manager (our DAM girls) from AdventurHER.
Activity Level: Class II; Involves full days of physical activity, but no prior skills are needed to enjoy this trip!
Lodging: Hotel, prices based on double occupancy.
Included Meals: Breakfasts, lunches, and some dinners.
This trip features a very small group! Spaces will fill fast.
Either arrive in Minneapolis and shuttle up to Ely with AHT or meet us in Ely. Your Designated Adventure Manager (our DAM Girls) will arrange arrival plans with you before the trip.
We’ll have our initial meet and greet at the lodge, we’ll have a gear review, we’ll unpack, and either take a quick nap or explore Ely. Next, we’ll go meet our mushers at the kennels, indulge in a little puppy playtime, and help feed the dogs dinner. Then go get to know each other and the mushers at a big AHT dinner in Ely.
Optional 1st night snowshoe with hot mulled cider; Northern Lights may be visible!
After a big, filling breakfast, we’ll shuttle over to the kennel where we’ll learn about mushing, training the dogs, caring for the dogs, and, most importantly, how to mush! In sled teams of 2, taking turns riding and mushing, we start off getting our “sled legs” on easy trails.
Our lunch break is spent around a little campfire in the woods with some stretching and hot drinks. We’ll climb back onto our sleds and keep exploring!
Back at the kennels, we help to unpack the sleds, put the dogs away, and feed them dinner. Then we’ll head back into Ely for our own dinner.
That night, for anyone not “dog tired,” we’ll have an optional Nordic ski lesson/outing with more mulled cider and another chance to see the northern lights. If you’ve never been on skis before, we recommend signing up for this, because it’ll give you a head start on Day Three’s lunch-time activity!
Another big, filling breakfast, and then we’ll shuttle back over to the kennels. We’ll help pack up the sleds today and head out on slightly more moderate trails, now that you’re all accomplished mushers.
At our mid-mush lunch break today, we’ll try skijoring! Strap on some skis, hook yourself up to a dog, and use your mushing skills (and balance) to give this fun activity a shot! Ask our mushing guide about training your at-home sled-dog-to-be to pull you around your local trails.
After thoroughly exercising our core muscles between trying to stay upright on our skis and laughing along with our fellow AdventurHERs skijoring attempts, we’ll hop back onto our sleds and continue our beautiful trek through the MN wilderness.
Sledding on back, we’ll say goodbye to our canine friends and grab another dinner in Ely. We’ll have an optional visit to the Ely Steam Sauna, an Ely institution since 1915.
After breakfast, we’ll head over to the International Wolf Center to learn about wolf habitats and communication, and go for a 2.5 hour snowshoe adventure on a short wolf and wildlife sighting hike where our pack can howl to their pack!
We’ll say goodbye to those of us who are not shuttling back to MSP, and then those of us returning to MSP will hop on board the shuttle, their complementary AHT thermoses full of mulled cider or coffee, and return to the twin cities.
Learn to Mush in Minnesota!
This trip includes the following:
Two full days of dog sledding instruction and fun!
Double occupancy hotel lodging for 3 nights
Transport to and from activities in Ely
Guided xc ski or snowshoe night hikes, includes gear rentals and a thermos of hot mulled cider
Three breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, and many, many snacks
Guided snowshoe hike in the International Wolf Preserve
Not included, but we'd be happy to organize:
Winter gear rentals (parka, snow pants, snow boots)
You're on your own with:
Flights to and from Minneapolis St. Paul airpoirt
Winter clothes (bring layers! ask your DAM Girl for advice on bundling up)
Dinner on nights 2 and 3 (get out into Ely and explore!)
Gratuities for dog sledding guides
Additional nights in Minnesota (highly recommended; Minneapolis is lovely)
Deposit Details: A deposit of $250 will reserve a spot on this trip. This is refundable minus a processing fee for 5 business days, whereupon it becomes nonrefundable. The balance for the trip will be due 2/7/2020.