The Fan Hitch Volume 3, Number 2, March 2001

Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog

Table of Contents

From the Editor
Thanks to our Sponsors
Featured Inuit Dog Owner: Tim Socha
Nunavut Quest 2001
Inuit Dogs in New Hampshire, Part I
Uummannaq: A Special Dog Sledge Expedition
Remembrances of a Spent Life: "Chimo"
Dog News from Iqaluit
The Homecoming, Part III
Fan Hitch Wins Writing Contest Recognition
Product Review: Seeing the Light
Media Review: The Last Husky
Tip for the Trail: A Do-it Yourself Alcohol Heater
IMHO: Looking Forward

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Nunavut Quest 2001

This year's event is  scheduled to leave Sanirajak (Hall Beach) April 16th. Teams will head north, passing through the nearby community of Iglulik (Igloolik) and then continue north to the finish line, once again in Tununirusiq (Arctic Bay), about 500 kilometers/310 miles from the starting line.  The  fastest time could be 5 days but the weather can be notoriously bad on this stretch, causing layovers of several days before permitting travel.

Last year thirteen teams participated.  Except for the "home town" (starting line) team from Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), they mushed to the starting line from the communities of Sanirajak (Hall Beach), Iglulik (Igloolik), Tununirusiq (Arctic Bay) and Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River). The single entrant from Kuujjuaq in Nunavik (Northern Quebec) was flown to and from the start/finish line courtesy of First Air.

Organizers in Tununirusiq said their small but enthusiastic community of 600 residents has raised $19,000 so far this year.  But lack of similar participation from other communities both last and this year has put the event $6,000 in debt. Apparently, the Inuit Sled Dog Club in Nunavik is giving $2500.

Once again, free lance writer/photographer Lee Narraway of Ontario has been asked to be the official timer and chronicler of the Quest.

Editor's note: Thanks go to Lee Narraway for contributing information for this article.

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 Distemper Epidemic Spreading

submitted by Julia Krizan
February 20, 2001

"The distemper is still around (in Nunavut) and it has spread to more communities as well. The Northwest Territories has just reported its first cases."

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