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Iím writing my third dystopian SciFi and need a bit background info on how far one can go with sled dogs (and how fast). Hereís the setup:
Two people (young, healthy, good at hunting and surviving crappy situations) need to go from the Carpathian mountains all the way to Svalbard. The trip begins in December (some time in the far future). Climate disruption caused the melting of poles decades ago, and the weather is very unstable with extreme freezing, thawing, rain, and snow events. So this one is a cold winter and the Barents Sea is frozen. The two have to cross 1000km of sea ice, the journey is a total of 5000km (one way only).
There will be a lot of big game to hunt (moose, reindeer, European buffalo, muskox, etc) but most of them are lean - which means they have to kill a lot to supply enough calories for the dogs. I'm planning with two dog teams (twelve dogs each) and 250kg of supplies and gear per sled. What average speed could they maintain during this journey? Would two people and 24 dogs be able to travel 5000km in 3 months? The sticky sea ice will slow them down as far as I know, so would they have to wait for summer to return to the continent by boat/ship? Iím calculating the ice cover to be more or less stable until April/May.
If I race the dogs, they might need up to 10,00 calories a day (???), which equals about 2.6 kg of lean meat per dog per day (I think). The question is if that works for 5000km (2500 miles, approximately)? Iím sure it doesnít, but then I only have a well-trained Border Collie who never pulled a thing in his life.
I'm happy about any and all feedback.