In This Issue....
The Doggie Men
by Hwfa Jones
The Doggy Men is about sledding in the British Antarctic Territory. Unlike many other accounts, it is a story which reveals the gentle humor of men sledding with dogs as they travel to discover a new route across the heavily crevassed Hinge Zone where the floating shelf ice hinges against the Inland Ice of the Antarctic Plateau. The author had never even seen a bad snowstorm before, hardly worn skis and had absolutely no idea of what awaited him on the journey. The doggy men who were with the author had the advantage of some experience in the Alps. But no one knew much about the dogs who were to lead them safely through the chaos of an unforgiving landscape to a better understanding of their insignificance on the remote ice shelf.
Profusely illustrated with annotated black and white photographs and explanatory footnotes, the book describes in detail the day to day life while sledding and camping in the Antarctic thirty-five years ago on one of what was to be among the last sledding journeys with dogs before they were banned from the continent forever.
The story describes the unofficial 'test' devised by the doggy men each new sled driver was subjected to before being allowed out in the field alone, the methods of travel, camping, route finding and the character the dogs who made it all possible, from the intelligent prima donna lead dogs to the official leaders of the team - the initially arrogant but not very experienced back pairs!
The Doggy Men is sixty pages long, soft covered and privately published. It can be purchased for a minimum £5 donation to the Antarctic Sledge Dog Memorial Fund. However, you are welcome to contribute as much as you like to the fund! Postage within the UK is £1 per book. For international or multiple copy shipping costs contact:
Graham Wright, TreasurerChecks should be to "The Sledge Dog Memorial Fund". Please include your postal address and name so your donation to the fund can be recorded. For any additional information and updates on the fund please look at the web pages on 'Z Fids' or contact Hwfa Jones.