Picks and Pans Review: The Logan Challenge
The Adventure series' season opener presents the first expedition to try to take dog-pulled sleds to the summit of Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak. Dogsledders Joe Runyan and Rick Atkinson and mountaineer Jon Waterman each lead a team of eight dogs up the forbidding 19,524-foot peak.
When you see these canines straining to pull a load uphill in heavy snow, you understand why no one has ever tried this feat before. The trio's travails are intercut with grainy footage of the eight-man team that amid greater hardships—but with no dogs—first climbed the mountain in 1925.
There's too much preparation and low-altitude anticipation. But once the adventurers get going, you gain respect for both men and beasts. Offering encouragement, you don't know whether to shout "Excelsior!" or "Mush!"
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