I can’t believe it. We’re actually going to make it happen. After years of dreaming, three of our dogsled teams have gained permission to summit Mount Washington via the Auto Road.
For as long as it has been in existence, the Mount Washington Auto Road has been known for creative and sometimes even zany summit attempts from unicycles to horse drawn carriages. This March 7th-9th 2012 Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel Mushers and Dogs will attempt the third ever summit of Mount Washington by dog team. Previous summit attempts go back to 1932, when Florence Clark (of Clark’s Trading Post) became the first woman to summer the mountains, following in the footsteps of Arthur T. Walden and his Chinooks in 19276.
As the premier dogsled touring kennel in New England, Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel has been taking in rescue and second chance huskies and giving them a home & job for life while supporting their care with year round dogsled tours. In fall 2011, Muddy Paw owners Karen Tolin and Neil Beaulieu took their passion for rescue and the rich history of dogsledding in NH and formed a board of local mushers to create the nonprofit NH Sled Dog Rescue, History & Education Center. This new nonprofit will focus on rescuing northern breed dogs in need, preserving NH sled dog artifacts, and educating the public on the history of dogsledding & the care of Northern Breeds.
As a kick-off fundraiser for the new nonprofit, Muddy Paw staff will be accepting sponsors for the climb. In an exciting twist, two guest seats will be auctioned to the highest bidder for the opportunity to climb to the summit by dog team. An opportunity that hasn’t occurred since 1932, the winners of the auction will truly experience the adventure of a lifetime, while supporting a wonderful cause. Opportunities for local school children to become involved in following track of the team to the summit will also be available.
This summit attempt will occur between the dates on March 7th through 9th. The mushers will choose the day that weather looks most promising to push for the summit. Since Mount Washington is the home of the world’s worst weather that can change in minutes, guest and dog safety will be taken into account and mushers will turn back or reschedule if conditions are not optimal. Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel’s veterinarian, Dr. Anderson DVM of Lancaster, NH will be supporting the dog teams on the day of the event.
For more information, check out www.dogslednh.com or email Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel at firstname.lastname@example.org Individuals or companies wishing to sponsor the teams or be involved in the auction, may contact Karen Tolin at 603-545-4533.