Questions & Answers Wk 06

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Every week Team GoNorth! answers ten questions related to the module topic from student explorers -- so stay tuned and submit YOUR questions!

Education Basecamp is located at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Minneapolis is a BIG city and the U of MN is so big that it is almost like a city located within a city.

There are a lot of people and there is a lot of traffic! By automobile, foot, bicycle, in-line skates, skateboards, etc.

With all this 'foot traffic' comes litter.

Sadly, since people do not pick up after themselves, the University has employees who are paid to go around every morning and pick up litter.

PS- GoNorth! Team members don't litter. :)

[question submitted during the Chat on Wednesday]

Has anyone ever littered by Education Basecamp?

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Usually we do not eat the butter "right from the stick." Sometimes after a long day on the trail we do crave it so much we will eat a bite right off the stick! Just like ice cream!
We do not have access to the traditional choice of fatty food—such as seal or whale blubber in the same fashion as they Native people. But we still need lots of calories and fat just like they do! So instead, we eat what is "native" to us and that is mostly butter and cheese.

It is also good to note that Polar Huskies can eat butter and cheese too, and sometimes we share.

Mille and Mikkle are from Denmark and they are pretty much butter-crazed. Mille will eat the butter raw more than others. Everyone else prefers to eat the butter with something. We fry the bagels daily in lots of butter, mix it in with our hot noodles and mashed potatoes or sandwiched between something, like two pieces of jerky!

When you say you eat a stick of butter a day do you eat it on food or eat it plain?

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It was about a 20 hour drive and then an 8-hour flight.

We left Expedition Basecamp on Saturday night and had a few stops along the way to Ottawa. We arrived in Ottawa on Tuesday and because of weather on Wednesday, we were not able to fly out until Thursday. It was about an 8-hour flight and on Thursday we arrived in Nunavut!

Did you listen to these Audio Updates?
Saturday, April 4
Sunday, April 5
Tuesday, April 7
Wednesday, April 8
Friday, April 10

How long did it take to get to Nunavut?

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Wow! You gave us some homework with this one Katie ;)

We did some digging around and found that the Red-Eyed Tree Frog lives in rain forests in Central America. These are very tropical areas and probably rarely, if ever, see freezing temperatures.

There is great information and cool pictures about the Red-Eyed Tree Frogs at the at the National
Geographic Kid's Site

Do red eyed tree frogs freeze alive like the Wood Frog?

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Do you know what dogs you are using?

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Yes she does!!

Ginger's sister is Sable.
Ginger's brothers are Disko, Hershey and Khan!


Does Ginger, the Polar Husky, have any other brothers or sisters besides Disko?

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We are very rarely riding on the sled.  Most of the time you will find us on skis next to the sled. We have what is called a "tow-rope" on each side of the sled. Each rope is attached to the front end of the sled, and is the full length of the sled going back to the handlebar of the sled. We hang on to this rope with one hand, and onto the handlebar with the other hand, while we are skiing in between. Now, it is called a "tow-rope", but we are not suppose to be towing. We ski to keep the pace. This keeps us warm, we are helping by "moving" our own weight,  at the same time we can steer the sled.

If not skiing, you can find us running or walking next to the sled. Or pushing on the sled if we are in difficult conditions. Or out in front of the dogs on snow-shoes if we are traveling in deep snow.

Typically the dogs do not sit or ride on the sled. The exception is, if one of them gets hurt or isn't feeling well. When this happens, we will put the dog on the sled to ride for a while until he or she is feeling better. At first, they don't like it because they have never done it before and they know their job is to be in front of the sled. After awhile they begin to enjoy it and they will even bark orders at the other dogs when the 2-legged members of the team are giving directions.

do the dogs ride with you sometimes on the sled?

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Good Question!

We use what is called a Gang Line. Be sure to watch this great expedition movie from week 2 where Tony explains all the ins-and-outs of the Gang Line like how it is set up and how the dogs are attached to it!

To see a Polar Husky get 'Hitched' to the Gang Line, watch the expedition movie called Hitching.

How do you harness the dogs to the sled?

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It's a dangerous situation and one in which we never hope to find ourselves. This is precisely why we calculate out our food on a weekly and per-tent basis. We do our research before we set out and we plan a 'buffer zone' into our travel plans so that we have food with us at all times. If we absolutely had to and there was no other way, we could use our technology that we have with us and make contact with the community we are on our way to and someone would find a way to bring us our next supply of food or come help us depending on what the reasoning is.

Be sure to listen to Mille explain why the food pack is so important

If you ever run out of food in the middle of the wilderness, what would you do?

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The quick answer is: We can't keep the food from freezing.

We either heat up our food to eat it or we simply eat it frozen, attempting to warm things (like Clif Bars) in our mouths. At times it is rather challenging.

Be sure to read the week 4 trail report and check out the expedition movies and photos to see what we are taking with us!

what kind of food and drink do you have with you since you can not keep it from freezing?

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