Posted by: esimula | January 6, 2011

Bearskin’s PAWS: BWCA Mushing

Bearskin Mushing 2011Bearskin Lodge Musher and PAWS staff David Demmer guides tour on East Bearskin Lake at -25 F on New Year’s Day.

Erik Simula with lead dog Otter

PAWS, the winter dog sledding program of Erik Simula’s Arrowhead Wilderness School, offers guided BWCA Wilderness tours and mushing skills courses through Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail (See for reservations) and Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply in Grand Marais, Minnesota (  Erik has been guiding wilderness dog sled tours, in Minnesota, Alaska, and Finland, since 1984 using Alaskan and Siberian Huskies.

Bearskin mushing tour 2011

Bearskin Lodge guests from France enjoy a mushing tour with Erik Simula. Note Kitigan, the Arrowhead Canoe Journey Heroine, directly in front of sled.

A comment from a recent guest:

Tuesday,  January 4,  2011
Subject: Thank you again.

Hi Erik.  I got your email through the Arrowhead Journey link on the bearskin lodge website.

I met you a week ago today.  You took my 2 sons, Josh and Jake, and myself on a sledding excursion.  When I called to reserve the trip, I had no idea that we were to be led by such an accomplished and amazing person.  You gave us the experience of a lifetime.  It was a pleasure to meet you and all the dogs.  You have an incredibly calm demeanor and incredible control with the dogs.  Your caring shines through.

Yesterday, I went on line and read all about the arrowhead trip, including your blog (the staff at Bearskin told us about it being on line).  Erik, you are truly one of the most interesting people that I have met in my life.

Thank you for sharing part of your world with us.  We won’t forget it.  You are an inspiration!

Take Care!

Lois Bergerson Minneapolis, MN

Bearskin Musher & PAWS staff Adam Harju, pictured with Wood Smoke (L) and Grey Jay (R), prepares for a BWCA Wilderness sled dog run into Alder Lake on a crisp, frosty January day.


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