Monthly Archives: July 2016

North Country Mushers

Mike Ellis Weekend Seminar

North Country Mushers (NCM) has a special event for this October – a Mike Ellis Weekend Seminar.  Mike Ellis of Tsuga Siberians is a Yukon Quest and Iditarod finisher!  It will be a weekend of training, camping and learning tips and tricks with Mike and other mushers.

Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis

Mike was NCM’s very first president and a founding member of the club, so they are VERY excited to have him back to do this weekend seminar and to share some of his expansive knowledge of dog-training and racing with NCM members.

This event will take place at the Branch Brook Campground in Campton, NH from October 21-23, 2016.   The Mike Ellis seminar is limited to 12 TEAMS.

The cost of this weekend seminar is an extremely reasonable $300.

The tentative schedule is:

Friday Evening
Teams arrive and set up camp
Campfire meet and great with Mike Ellis

Morning, run the dogs
Midday, lunch will be brought in
Afternoon, presentations and demos
Evening, dinner and a slideshow

Morning, run the dogs
Midday, lunch will be brought in

More details and a signup form is located at

A waiting list for the seminar will be formed once all 12 spots are taken.

Mike’s website can be found here and his blog here.

NH Trails and ATVs

NH Trails and ATVs

For those VT mushers who use NH Trails and ATVs, some news from the July 2016 edition of the NH Mushers Newsletter: It was announced that several rail trails will no longer allow the use of ATVs.

The restriction of ATV use is a Federal ruling, even though the State of New Hampshire was for mushers using their trails for sled dog training.  The trails affected are the NH trails that were purchased with Federal grants and therefore fall under Federal rules and regulations.  Mushers who use ATVs to help train, are advised to search for new NH trails on which to train.

The NH trails that cannot be used with an ATV are as follows:

  • Northern Rail Trail (Boscawen to Lebanon, 59 miles)
  • Ashuelot (Keene to Hinsdale, 21 miles)
  • Cheshire (Fitzwilliam to Walpole, 42 miles)
  • Farmington Branch (Rochester to Farmington, 7 miles)
  • Fort Hill (Hinsdale, 9 miles)
  • Monadnock Branch (9 miles)

For more information, contact the NH Mushers Association.