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Team Arctic Blast has over thirty years and 35,000 miles of mushing and arctic travel under their collective belts.  With all that experience, they should be able to answer just about any question you can throw their way.  Once a week, team members will try to provide the answers that you need to know. 


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Here is what you do: Send an email to questions@polarhusky.com by the end of each week. Then...

On Tuesday of the following week, check out the answers right here on "Q & A with the team"

Q & A Schedule:

Tuesday, February 20th
Tuesday, February 27th
Tuesday, March 6th
Tuesday, March 13th
Tuesday, March 20th
Tuesday, March 27th
Tuesday, May 8th
Tuesday, April 10th
Tuesday, April 17th
Tuesday, April 24th
Tuesday, May 1st
Tuesday, May 8th
Posted Tuesday, March 20th
What is the tallest point in Nunavut? Ellesmere Island contains Nunavut's highest peak. Mount Barbeau measures in at 2,616 meters. Can you convert that measurement into feet? How about inches? Miles? Ok, maybe that's a little too complicated.
Do the Inuit people have dog races? Yes, it seems that people in Nunavut use dogs for racing more than for hauling or hunting. Most mushers here seem to use their dogs specifically for racing - usually sprint or mid distance. These dogs are smaller and faster than our Polar Huskies. However, they aren't as strong and can not tolerate extreme cold as our super stars like Spank and Spook.
How do you catch your food? Luckily for us, we don't have to catch our food. All of the food we eat was purchased and packed before we left Minnesota. This required quite a bit of planning! Think about it... we needed to know exactly how much food we would eat for dinner on May 6th and plan accordingly. The only thing is, if we run out of food, we run out of food! So far, our planning has been almost perfect.
Have you seen any dangerous animals? Our biggest worry while traveling on Hudson Bay is running into a polar bear. Luckily, the only bear we saw was in Churchill before the expedition began. On our way to Baker Lake, we will see caribou, fox, wolves, muskox, and wolverines. They all pose different kinds of dangers for us as we travel.
What do the Inuit people do for entertainment? They do a lot of the same things that everyone else you know does. They play video games, visit with friends, watch movies, play sports... lots of things! They also do different things like spring camping trips, travel to other village "feasts," or participate in more traditional type games
What things have you learned? Traveling with the dogs in the arctic and meeting new and interesting people in villages, it seems that we are always learning something new. Everyday we gain a new understanding or insight. We definitely learned to always be wary of wind when we pitch the tent. We've also learned a lot of new and interesting things about the Inuit culture like how to prepare certain foods and how to perform a drum dance. The dogs are great teachers, too! For example, Paul learned how to really work with Freja as a leader.
What do you do to prevent an animal from destroying the area where your supplies are? Actually, our supplies that we had shipped ahead were sent to villages. Therefore, we don't have to worry about any animals getting into our supplies because they are safe and sound inside a building. On the trail, we make sure everything is packed up tight; however, most animals keep their distance from our camp.

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