Skijoring 101

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It’s 1 degree below zero, a pale morning sky pitched over a barren field. A dozen dogs are yipping and twirling on a ski trail near a parking lot. I’m gearing up with the Midwest Skijorers Club for a session at Bunker Hills Regional Park in Andover, Minn., where 12 kilometers of rolling trail have been set aside for the dog-powered sport of skijoring. Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Saunders, artic explorer – part 5

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Evolutionary biology offers some hints of another possible reason. John Francis, a biologist with National Geographic, says there may be selective pressures that favour exploration and creativity. Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Saunders, artic explorer – part 4

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Dan Bennett, president of the Explorers Club—which counts as its members the first men to both Poles, up Everest and to the moon—agrees that exploration must be “relevant”. Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Saunders, artic explorer – part 3

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Explorers have long captured the human imagination. During the “heroic age” of exploration in the early 20th century, Western countries competed to send the first man to the Poles. Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Saunders, artic explorer – part 2

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Then comes that solo expedition to the North Pole. He swims in his dry-suit across “inky black water over three miles deep – the scariest thing I’ve ever done”; he sledges for hours only to discover, when he checks his GPS at the end of the day, that he is more than two miles behind his position that morning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ben Saunders, artic explorer

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What does it mean to be an explorer in a world where everything has been explored? Ben Saunders explains to Joanne Ramos why he still wants to load up his sledge and head for the North Pole. Read the rest of this entry »

Arctic musher urges Kingsport students to never give up their dream

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Washington Elementary students listen to Pam Flowers discuss her solo ‘mush’ across the Arctic.

It took 11 months to finish the journey, but Pam Flowers and her dogs made it 2,500 miles across the Arctic alone. Read the rest of this entry »

Taunton man on Arctic fundraiser

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A TAUNTON man is preparing for a dog sledding trip to the Artic to raise money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Read the rest of this entry »

We’ve reached the tipping point on global warming debate

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Three awards may have recently put us over the tipping point on the debate about global warming. The tipping point is that moment when a feather’s weight is added to one side of a balanced object and the centerpiece falls, suddenly crashing to bits. Read the rest of this entry »

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