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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 27th
What constellations do you see? Team Arctic Blast sees pretty much the same constellations that everyone else in the northern hemisphere sees, only from a slightly different perspective. Because the team is so far north, the North Star (Polaris) is almost directly overhead. That also means that the big and little dipper are easily seen. The team can still see Orion on the horizon. Other easily recognizable constellations include: Taurus, the Pleiades, Cygnus, Draco, Cassiopeia, and Cepheus.
How often do you see Northern Lights? It depends... Sometimes they can be seen every night for a week in a row; other times not as often. Spring is generally a good time for Northern Light viewing. The occurrence of Northern Lights is also directly related to sun spot activity. Finally, it won't be too much longer when we will be going to sleep while it is still light out pretty much eliminating any chance of seeing a good light show.
How do you protect the dogs' paws from snow and ice? The Polar Huskies have very, very tough pads on their feet. They can run across even the roughest ice and terrain without getting hurt. Now that doesn't mean they don't get checked for sores or cuts. Fleece booties are used if a dog does get a hurt foot. An injured foot can actually heal while a dog is running if protected by a bootie.
Do you think you have been lucky so far on your trip? Everyone feels lucky (including the Polar Huskies) just to be out on a trip like this. Team Arctic Blast has been through some pretty sketchy situations. They've experienced many dangerous conditions. Yes, they feel lucky, but on an expedition like this you often create your own luck by making sound decisions, weighing your options, and preparing ahead of time.
Do you have hot chocolate? Do the dogs eat bowls of cereal in the morning? First question: Yes. Second Question: No, but if they did it would probably have to be Wheaties!!!
How do you train the dogs to listen to you? Training dogs to listen begins from when they are very, very young. We are constantly calling them by their names, calling them for supper, and interacting with them. We are constantly talking and interacting with them. Eventually, we gain their trust and they want to listen to us. Of course, some dogs listen better than others... Do you know any people like that?
What do you do if there is a medical emergency? Both Paul and Mille are Wilderness First Responders. This means they have received a considerable amount of wilderness medical training. They are qualified to assess almost any situation and act accordingly. They carry a very large first aid kit that will cover most emergencies. In case of a life or death situation, they also carry an emergency beacon that will send out a distress signal.

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