You probably know what extreme sports are. Maybe you even participate in some extreme sports, such as skateboarding, rock climbing, or snow kiting. Well, how about an extreme vacation? For some people, this is the best type of vacation.

11 siberian huskies pulling a man in an orange vest on a dogsled

Source: A 11-dog team of Siberian Huskies in Frauenwald, Thuringia,
Germany, 2012, Rainer Lippert, Wikimedia

You could spend ten days riding across Alaska on the back of a dog sled. You could enjoy the below zero temperatures, the snow and sleet driving into your face, and an occasional dip into a frozen stream when the sled breaks through ice. Sound good? You could watch the dogs in front of you draw the sled along without having any way to control them except with your yelled commands of “gee” and “haw” (right and left), the brake to slow the sled, and your leaning body. Did I mention the excitement of having wolves prowling around the edges of the route? And the cost? Only $3000, but that’s just for the entry fee. All other expenses are extra.

Every year people participate in such an activity, and they keep coming back. What makes people love dog sledding?

In this lesson, we are going to use the comments of two authors to help us understand what makes dog sledding a great sport. By analyzing the information from both texts, we can form an idea about what makes dog sledding appealing to different people.

As you read, you will learn to synthesize information, make logical connections between ideas within each text and across both texts, and you’ll be able to support your findings with textual evidence.