Snow, Sleds & Silence – The Story of The Nordkapp Expedition
Dog sledding to the northernmost tip of Europe – a trail thought to be impossible!
Do you want to know what it takes to dog-sled to the northernmost tip of Europe, on a trail thought to be impossible? To be in Europe’s lastwilderness where there is no running water and no electricity, with 26 hungry huskies waiting to be fed, where -4ºC is too hot for the dogs to run, where there is total silence, no birds, no trees, just you, your two companions, three sleds, with mountain after mountain to climb to find a trail that will take you to Nordkapp.
The experienced mushers of Norway said it was impossible, they said the sleds were too heavy (they weighed 120 kilos), they said we couldn’t start from Signaldalen as the sleds would not be able to withstand the trail through the forest and would be broken within two days, they said that Cathy and I were too inexperienced to do the trail as the expedition leader and wanted to take us round the Haalti Mountains. They thought he was crazy to try. But he believed it could be done, he believed the sleds would withstand the punishment they would take and he believed that Cathy and I could do it. So in April 2004 the three of us set off to dog-sled 600 kilometres to Nordkapp, the northernmost tip of Norway, to do a trail that had never been done before.
This is the story of how The Nordkapp Expedition turned from a dream into reality and how the leader and two women from totally different disciplines, one a British round the world yachtswoman and one a South African mountaineer, took up the challenge to prove them wrong.
Foreword by Sir Chay Blyth, CBE BEM
‘Rona Cant had the courage to leave the conventions of an ‘ordinary’ life and do something different!’