Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been attracted to Alaska and the wild frontier. Some of my favorite books were written by Jack London and high on my list of things to do was to go dog sledding. Of late, I’ve been obsessed with the show Life Below Zero which chronicles the lives of people in Alaska. Almost all of them use dog sleds in one fashion or another, and it just reminded me of how much I wanted to do it. But, traveling to Alaska is nowhere on my radar anytime soon, so I figured this would have to wait.
On a whim, I did an Internet search on Colorado dog sledding and lo and behold, there are multiple outfits that do it here! I talked it over with Felicia, and she told me she couldn’t think of anything worse than doing this, but she would love for me to do it with Matty. I booked an excursion a couple of days after Christmas at a place near Leadville.
On the day of the trip, we got up really early to beat the ski traffic, and headed up the mountain. We got there with plenty of time to spare, so we went into Leadville and just hung around for a bit. It was -13 when we checked in, so we grabbed a few extra layers. Despite the bitter cold, when they hooked up the dogs and we got underway, the snow started falling and it actually warmed up a bit. The dogs were barking, yelping and howling, but once our guided turned them loose, they were all business. Matt and I got to take turns “driving” the sled and riding as a passenger. It was way cooler than I ever imagined and I can’t wait to do it again. We both had so much fun that we spent much of the day, laughing, talking and just re-living the experience. I made a short video below.