The rescuing of Nome (1929)
One of the first heroic sled dog expeditions was the rescuing of a small town North-West of Alaska, Nome. In the winter of 1929, an epidemic struck Nome’s inhabitants, it was diphtheria.
To save them, only one way: to vaccinate the whole population as fast as possible. But planes of those times were unable to take off, because of the intense blizzard and cold, to bring in the necessary serum. The post office dogs teams, led by the famous Léonhard Seppala, would be the town heroes.
In less than 6 days, they covered over 1000 kilometers to bring in the serum to Nome.
The North Pole Quest (1909)
On April 6th of 1909, Robert Peary is the first man to reach the North Pole lands. Leader of 132 dogs, 15 sleds and 24 men, that one man, whose authority was legend, made it through with only 40 dogs and 8 sleds. Throughout the whole trip, the convoy is said to have covered an average of 40 kilometers a day.
Battling for the South Pole (1911-1912)
The Norwegian Amundsen and the British Robert Scott initiated a race toward the South Pole in the course of 1911. The Amundsen’s convoy, pulled by dogs, made it first, on December the 16th of 1911.
Scott, who made the mistake of choosing ponies over dogs, reached the end of the journey on January the 18th of 1912, only to discover Amundsen tent, with a note. Neither Robert Scott nor his 4 friends would survive. They were found one year later, they had died of starvation, 18 kilometers away from one of their food depot.