While I was in Alaska last week with GoPro1 our group had an opportunity to ride on dogsleds. In addition to just being fun, it was a good opportunity to try out using a GoPro camera.
There were about 10 dog/sled/guide teams for our group. Among the bloggers/journalists we paired up and rode along with a musher. I partnered up with Joanne (of Joanne Loves Science fame) and we rode along with our guide John who was very much a rugged Alaskan. He’s lived in Alaska for 27 years and been mushing for over 20. After a quick orientation, Joanne and I sat in his sled for the first part of our adventure. After sitting for a bit, John invited us (one at a time) to join him on the runners so that we could experience the vantage point of standing behind the sled. It provided a good opportunity to create some footage looking over the sled.
We swapped positions, with me back in the sled and Joanne on the runners. This allowed me a good opportunity to create video looking forward towards the dogs.
Shortly after the halfway point of our adventure, we had a bit of a mishap coming around a corner. Here’s what it looked like from the camera strapped to my chest:
It’s all good… nobody on my sled was injured. It was an interesting experience and it was fun to have this as my introduction to recording with GoPro. I look foward to trying out other things with my camera.
Disclosure: GoPro sponsored my trip and I was given a GoPro Hero 2 camera. ↩