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Ruby, Beacon and Terex, three of the 31 Polar Huskies on the trip, proved to be hearty
                                traveling companions.
              Aaron Doering




Wanted: Adventurer/explorer to withstand subzero night temperatures, while rooming in
  a 5’x8’ tent with colleague. Compatibility and congeniality important. Must be able to
   deliver adventure learning project to classrooms around the world. No extra charge
                                 for beautiful full moons.
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On the second day of the trip, the unthinkable happens to one of the sleds: it starts to
       sink into Great Slave Lake. While memorably scary, this was not the most
                            dangerous day of the adventure.
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This far north of Mankato, the winter holds about four hours of daylight. On this
              particular day, the sun never got any higher or stronger.
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                  Time Line: December 2003–June 2004
           Online Classroom Coverage: January 11–May 7, 2004
                         Approx. Mileage: 3000 miles
    Team 31 Polar Huskies and an International team of six educators and
                                   explorers
  Conditions -50 F to +40 F. Daylight hours from 6 in January to 24 in June
Terrain Tundra, Arctic Ocean, glaciers, Baffin Island mountains, Atlantic Ocean
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  A long way from Armstrong Hall, thinks Aaron Doering (MSU ’05, Masters in
Geography), where a walk even from the furthest parking lot did not merit 8 layers of
                                    clothing.
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    Sending the daily audio update from the tent.
            Aaron Doering




Dangers of the trip were plentiful, yet each decision made in planning and travel was
   premised on “safety first.” Here, the rock gardens of the Arctic, nearly hidden by
 blowing snow, presented hazardous obstacles for the sleds. Doering reports that the
 most dangerous situation for the group was a blizzard that lasted for days and nearly
                                   enveloped the tents.
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Week 22... "The Arctic is a very special place that truly is the barometer to all of our
 actions in the mid-lattitudes. Our hope is that you have learned a great deal during
Arctic Transect 2004 and that you have been inspired to make a difference on a local
                                         scale."
                              -Team Arctic Transect 2004
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The 6 months gave the adventure team even more time to share of themselves. “You
   get to know everyone really well. You find out what they were like growing up and
    how that explains who you are today. You find out each person’s perspective of
                     what the group is enduring,” Doering explains.
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Arctic Transect 2004 included a strong cultural connection with the native Inuit, which
    included the traditional Inuit mode of travel and making camp whenever possible
    along the route. When the group descended on the Inuit communities, they were
                                    met with celebrations.
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Arctic Transect 2004 An Educational Exploration of Nunavut set out to document arctic
  climate change and deliver an adventure learning project. By dogsledding across the
   territory of Nunavut, the team met Inuit Elders and students, documented traditional
   ecological knowledge in the remote communities visited along the trail and gathered
           scientific data daily from the field for NASA and Environment Canada. .
Aaron Doering
           Aaron Doering




Aaron Doering, a native of Good Thunder, Minnesota, is currently a professor at the
University of Minnesota, where he teaches courses related to how technology can be
 used to help classroom learning. He is proud that his connections with MSU, as well
                   as his training, were put to good use for the trip.
Aaron Doering
             Aaron Doering




In planning for Arctic Transect 2004, Doering was confident that “adventure learning”
  would bring a fresh model to classroom learning. In an interview with MSU’s Alumni
     Magazine, he predicted, “The expedition and dogs will attract students into our
    project, eventually leading them to an authentic education. I don’t think they’ll be
  asking many questions about why they’re studying this.” A 300 page curriculum was
                           available free to teachers worldwide.
Aaron Doering
              Aaron Doering




Ruby, Beacon and Terex, three of the 31 Polar Huskies on the trip, proved to be hearty
                                traveling companions.
             Aaron Doering




From the basement of Armstrong Hall, WALTER, the Weather Analysis Laboratory for
    Teaching and Educational Resources http://www.mnsu.edu/weather/the_lab.html)
    provided timely and valuable information to the team about current and emerging
   conditions. Doering maintains this was critical to their navigation decisions and the
                                team’s ultimate success.
Aaron Doering
           Aaron Doering




 Doering is a consultant to the National Geographic Society and professor at the
University of Minnesota. Before that, he taught middle and high school social studies
    in Rochester, Minnesota, and was able to take his students to more than 17
                 countries to study physical and cultural geography.
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 A warm greeting from students in Pelly Bay, Nunavut.
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