Winter backpacking can be fun, even in the most extreme artic conditions.
Boy Scouts from Troop 33 in DeKalb and Troop 139 in Waterman enjoyed an artic adventure together when they traveled hundreds of miles north to Tomahawk Scout Reservation near Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
Their expedition started Friday evening. Outfitted with winter gear, they were transported to a backwoods site. In the dark of night, they hiked with backpacks and equipment sleds across a frozen lake to a remote cabin. There they reviewed winter safety protocol and emergency rescue techniques.
Saturday morning brought -30 degree wind chill. Carefully dressed in multiple layers to provide maximum warmth, they ventured out into a piercing wind.
Along a snow-covered trail, with backpacks and sleds, they hiked to an area to assist with sled dogs. After harnessing and feeding the dogs, they shared social time with them. It made for a fun and educational stop.
On a frozen lake, they enjoyed kite flying. Strong winds made controlling a kite nearly an impossible task. Boys took turns. Powerful gusts of wind could bring boys off their feet for sensational face-plants in the snow. Laughter was shared.
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