Tag Archives: Trappers Trail

Avoiding deep doo-doo: Trappers Trail sleddog race makes last-second course change due to…wait for it…avalanche threats

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Given how much of Longyearbyen has gone to the dogs due to recent avalanches, it seems only fitting the risk of more disrupted the weekend plans of the canines themselves.

Icepeople PDF: April 14, 2015

icepeoplepdf041415Greenies get a “win” in Parliament in their battle to end coal mining in Svalbard, but it’s purely symbolic since lawmakers are virtually certain to approve a bailout loan for financially-starved Store Norske in the near future. Meanwhile, another more immediate crisis closer to home continues to take its toll as a kennel cough epidemic resulted in a majority of teams being struck from the annual Trappers Trail sleddog race. Plus drones visit Ny-Ålesund, Russian soldiers visit the North Pole and a geologist visits what may be Sauron’s new mountain hideout in this week’s PDF.

Doggone shame: Trappers Trail participants cheerful despite losing one-third of teams due to kennel cough epidemic

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Sébastien Barrault spent 10 days mushing his dogs from Ny-Ålesund to the starting line of the Trappers Trail race he initiated six years ago. But he and others from the settlement suffered a huge setback during their short stay in Longyearbyen as 11 of their 16 dogs were scratched from the race after being infected with the kennel cough virus that’s become an epidemic in town during the past couple of weeks.

Dog ‘flu’ epidemic deals devastating blow to Svalbard during peak dogsledding season

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An epidemic of a respiratory infection known as kennel cough has spread to a large percentage of Longyearbyen’s dog population during the past couple of weeks – and is expected to infect nearly all canines before subsiding during the next several weeks – resulting in drastic reductions of dogsledding tours and other related activities during the height of the spring tourism season.

Icepeople PDF: March 31, 2015

icepeoplepdf033115Russia bungles announced plans to cancel the Bareno ice camp in favor of military and science camps, with the usual procession of North Pole expeditions scheduled to deploy there during the first three weeks of April. And the Lance scientists got a thrilling contact high, followed by a cold comedown, just before returning to Longyearbyen for Easter. Plus polar bears play the roles of both villains and victims in this week’s PDF.