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Dog Sledding in North American and European Arctic   

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This presentation combines two dog sledding trips, both led by the famed arctic explorer Paul Schurke. The first trip was a journey across the North American arctic from Winnipeg to Churchill Manitoba. The second traverses the island of Svalbard, Norway, which is just 10 degrees south of the North Pole. In this presentation Bud Thomas provides some insight into arctic travel, including handling the dog teams, navigational challenges, temperatures of 40 to 50 degrees below zero, and strategies for minimizing polar bear threats. Bud Thomas is a retired Aerospace Engineer, with 50 plus years in rocket engine design for the Saturn-V Apollo rocket, the Space Shuttle’s main engine, and jet engine design for commercial and military aircraft. He has experience in both the Arctic and the Antarctic.







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