Great Odyssey 2010: THE
dogs, Great Odyssey, musher, dog sled A heavy snow and a biting cold favored last Sunday the departure of Great Odyssey
, one of the biggest dog sled races. The various crews started from Avoriaz on Sunday morning to arrive in Val Cenis after 10 stages in The program of the 6th edition of this spectacular Savoie Mont Blanc race, launched 7 years ago by the adventurer Nicolas Varnier, a course of 1000 km through the Alps
that will have to perform the 20 mushers (dog sled guides) engaged and their 350 dogs, true heroes of this race. Regarded as one of the hardest and most technical races in the world, as well as Iditarod in Alaska and Canada, or the Finnmarkslopet in Norway, the Great Odyssey combines stages of lowland, speed and crossings. passes. The mushers will share on the arrival a gain of 100 000 dollars. Three bivouacs, of which two with more than 2.000 meters of altitude
, are planned during this competition which takes place mainly in outside the ski areas. The bivouacs are the times when Alaskan Huskies or Malamute are the focus of attention for the next step. The musher
is a man who lives in harmony with nature and whose survival depends on the intimate relationship he creates and maintains with his dogs. The latter pilot his team by the voice, does not have whip or reins and it is forbidden him, under penalty of immediate elimination, to inflict bad treatment to his dogs. The complicity between him and his dogs can only exist after long years of training and care for his dogs.
The practice of sledding is both a demonstration of the fusional relationship and trust that can exist between the man and the dog, and at the same time an activity respectful of the nature and the environment. More info: