6 sleds, 12 men, 66 dogs, and a lot of licorice
February 12, 2012 1:27 PM Subscribe
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Tasked with monitoring 160,000 square kilometers of north and northeast Greenland, the Slædepatruljen Sirius
- or Sirius Sled Patrol - is the only military dog sled patrol
in the world.
Formed by Denmark during WWII to prevent German invasion of Greenland, the Sirus patrol travels through snow and in Greenland where the annual average temperature is -10C (14F) - although it can dip down to -55C (-67F)
The Sirius Patrol currently has 14 men on roster, though women are welcome to apply. Requirements and testing are both rigorous
(Danish language only); in addition to compulsory survival training, applicants endure two days of psychological testing.
Photographer Fritz Hoffman offers ultra-cold photography and gear tips
while following one sled team and finds "the key to surviving the cold is a well stocked supply of hot licorice
The Danish patrol uses a husky dog bred from Greenland dogs
, which feed on pemmican, dried fish, and lard
during the expedition. Most dogs will work for five years and in that time, have traveled about 20,000km (12,427 miles).