Questions & Answers Wk 13

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Polar Huskies have was is called a "double-layered" coat. Closest to their skin is a thick undercoat of wool for insulation and warmth; and the outer coat is made up of long, oily "guard hairs" that protect the wool from getting wet. This means they are very protected when outside and that they easily overheat when inside.

So, on the expedition, we will dig holes for them in the snow. If there is any wind, it will pile snow to make a small wall blocking them from the wind at the end of the day. The Polar Huskies then curl up to cover their nose with their tail and let the snow drift over them like a blanket.

Learn more about the life of a Polar Husky on the Polar Husky World page in the Dog Yard.

How and where do the dogs sleep?

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No. They are both from long lines of traditional Arctic Breeds. Polar Huskies and the Chukchi dogs love the cold, love the snow, and love to pull.

Is there a big difference between the Polar Huskies and the dogs that the Chukchi used in the race?

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We have eaten “eskimo ice cream” made from the lining of caribou stomach that is whipped with fat and then frozen with tundra berries mixed in. It is a great treat for us, that gives us a break from our regular trail food and all the fat in it helps to keep us warm.

Recipes for this treat are as different as the people that make it! Here is a recipe from Mille:

Grate reindeer tallow into small pieces. Add seal oil slowly while beating with hand. After some seal oil has been used, add a little water while whipping. Continue adding seal oil and water until white and fluffy. Any berries may be added to it.

Another way to make it is to combine seal oil, ground and melted caribou fat, berries, and some dried fish flakes. Then mix with your hands until it gets fluffy.

You could also just take the contents of a caribou’s stomach, pick out any obvious lumps (leaves, lichen, grass) and knead thoroughly. Then eat as is, or mix with fish eggs and blubber.

Or, squeeze some fish oil together with berries, lard, and sugar. Yum!

Have you ever eaten "eskimo ice cream?" What does it taste like? Do you like it?

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We take a shovel, walk a short distance away from camp, dig a hole, sit down take care of business ... and enjoy the beautiful view! And if it is stormy, we get it done real quick!

Learn more on the Outhouse page in A to Z

Where do you use the bathroom?

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