On skis or special vehicles on skids, you can quickly travel through the snow and ice of the polar regions.
Please note, that moving on ice or even the shallowest snow is very exhausting.
Only very fit, experienced and properly equipped people can afford to travel in the polar regions. There, the cold dulls the senses and depletes energy, the endless darkness of the polar night depresses the bravest, and even moderate winds cause painful frostbite.
Snow vehicles – Fast and practical snowmobiles have replaced dog sledding in the Arctic.
THE POWER OF HUMAN MUSCLES
Transport of things on frozen snow or ice is facilitated by a small sled or a toboggan, especially if we are skiing. In kick of snow, and especially in freshly fallen powder, skiing requires a lot of effort; snowshoes are more useful then. Regardless of the equipment, getting through deep snow always takes effort, you have to be very careful, so as not to overheat or sweat. Sweat makes, that the clothes are getting wet, and this may lead to hypothermia.
Luggage placed on skids glides smoothly on frozen snow or ice. Such sleds, however, quickly accelerate down the hill, then it is difficult to stop and steer them. You should always be able to free yourself from the harness quickly. You have to control the sled as it advances, going diagonally across the slopes, and after each traverse – though it's hard – stop the toboggan. Things on the toboggan are under a strong, impregnated sheet.
Pay close attention to the first signs of frostbite. The fingers are the most vulnerable, feet, U.S, ears and face, i.e. places where circulation is weakest. At first, you feel pricks and tingling on your skin. Then these places go numb and become ossified, the skin has a waxy color, wrinkles and turns red. If the skin is not warmed up, the process continues, blisters appear, until finally the tissue dies.
HUMAN'S BEST FRIEND
Traditional means of transport – For generations, dog sleds have served the inhabitants of the Arctic for transport, also today, many polar explorers consider them to be the surest way to transport equipment and supplies through snow and ice. Incredibly durable, able to sleep even in a snowstorm, moving quickly on any ground except frozen ground, which hurts the paws, husky dogs do not cause difficulties on long journeys. They are also invaluable travel companions.
The sleigh is guided by standing on the skids and transferring the weight of the body from one leg to the other. The sleigh is tightly bound and therefore strong and sufficiently flexible. The skids are covered with hard plastic, providing traction.
Dogs are confident travel companions.
Covered with thick, stiff hair, with shaggy paws, husky dogs are perfectly adapted to travel in the land of eternal snows. All dogs in the harness must cooperate in pulling the sleigh. The thick coat protects against snow and wind.
The dogs in the harness work with the dog in the front as a leader of the herd. The latter, in turn, treats the rider as a herd's guide, for consistent interoperability.