Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays & New Year 2015!

It's been way too long since we posted here, but the shop kept us busy, which is always a good thing.

In October, we welcomed our friends Brent Sass, Mike Ellis and Hugh Neff to Central Oregon for our "Wild Eyed Tsuga" weekend. 15 teams with almost 200 sled dogs showed up for a camp out and a few days of running, training and talking dogs. Based on the feedback we received, everyone had a great time and is already wondering what next fall will bring. We will have to wait and see.
Here are some of the pictures and a great write-up by Carol Pepsick.

A few additions to our cart program are going to be made public in the beginning of 2015. No entirely new designs, but a couple nice options to round out our current models. Be sure to keep an eye on this blog and our facebook page for pictures and details.

We're also in the final planning stages for a new adventure in early 2015, and another event here in Central Oregon in spring, and will post details here as well, as soon as everything's ready to go.

Thank you all for your support throughout the year and we hope to see many of you out on the trails in the new year!

Arctis is, once again, a proud supporter of North Wapiti Kennels, Wild & Free Mushing and Team Tsuga Siberians through 2015.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

West Coast Dryland Mushing Events, Fall 2014

Just a few more weeks, and mushing season 2014/15 will be here!
Here are a few scheduled events for the western US and Canada:

September 21 & 28: CDMA Dryland Race, Chugiak AK
October 4-5: Camp K Dryland Challenge, Cle Elum WA
October 13: So Mush Fun, Vacaville CA
October 18-19: Rosebud Dryland, Didsbury AB
October 18-19: Pacific NW Dryland Championships, Cle Elum WA
November 1-2: Dirt Rondy, Spokane WA
November 8-10: La Pine Mushing Weekend, La Pine OR

For additional races throughout North America, please see Sled Dog Central's race schedule.

While we are completely booked for the remainder of the year, please contact us if there's a new cart in your future, so you'll be ready to hit the trails in spring.

For more information about our carts, please see:

Arctis 3-Wheel

Did you check all your lines and harnesses before starting the new season?

If you need replacements, please see our friends at Alpine Outfitters for quality gear.

For non-mushing related pet supplies, please see Pet Club Online.

Friday, August 15, 2014

La Pine Mushing Weekend 2014

It's official! Our friend Karen Yeargain has just posted the official dates of this year's La Pine Mushing weekend. We've attended this event since 2008 and ended up moving to La Pine from southern CA after falling in love with Central Oregon's beautiful scenery. A perfect place to be out and about with your dogs. 

For this year's details, please click here.

This is a fun event for everyone interested in running dogs, from a "newbie" with one dog to a seasoned veteran with a full team of 16 dogs.

 We'll see you at La Pine State Park in November!

Siberian Husky Rescue in Washington needs help

We've known Sue Scofield for many years and have seen firsthand the good work she does with her "Stargazer Siberian Sanctuary" in Washington State. Please take a moment and read her story and, if you can, donate to save her sanctuary, so she can continue helping those Siberians in need.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wild Eyed Tsuga Weekend!

After our successful "Wild & Free Weekend" last October, we thought we'd add a couple more mushers to the mix, so this year we'll have Brent Sass of Wild & Free Mushing, Mike Ellis of Team Tsuga Siberians and Hugh Neff of Laughing Eyes Kennel visiting Central Oregon for a weekend.

Come join us the weekend of 10/31 - 11/02 2014 in La Pine, OR. for a few days of running dogs, camping, good food and good company. We're located in Oregon's vast pine forest and our property borders public land with literally 100s of miles of forest trails.

Brent, Mike and Hugh will be available for questions and advice about anything sled dogs as well just a relaxed chat by the campfire. In short: good times! Click here for pictures of last year's event and a nice write-up by Carol Pepsick here (scroll past the white Siberian).

A couple of changes for this year:

- Food for everyone will be taken care of by Cow Camp Cookin' & BBQ of La Pine, OR.
Catering is sponsored by Pawsatch Mushing, UT

- Depending on truck/trailer size, there will be room for about 15 teams this year.

- Trail maps and signs will be available.

As mentioned, we have room for ~ 15 trucks along with camping gear. There are restroom/shower facilities on the property along with a heated space which can be used as a common area, hang-out or sleeping area. There is also a small kitchen with stove, microwave and oven plus two refrigerators. There are several water sources on the property, cell phone/wifi connectivity and a hot tub. In case of wet weather, we can use our workshop to keep out of the rain dry equipment. Last year's weather was upper 10s and low 20s overnight, mid 60s during the day and dry throughout the weekend.

This will be a rain or shine event.
If you have any questions, please contact me by e-mail or call 949-280-7019

Facebook links for:
Wild & Free Mushing
Team Tsuga Siberians
Laughing Eyes Kennel
Pawsatch Mushing
Arctis Carts

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Arctis 4-Wheel Dryland Mushing Rig

It's finally here!
The mid-sized Arctis 4-wheel cart to fill the gap between our 3-wheel and heavy 4-wheel carts.

The specs are as follows:
Length 78" (198cm)
Width 46" (117cm)
Height ~46" (117cm) The cart's height can easily be made to your preferred size.
Weight 140lbs (63kg) to 180 lbs (81kg)
Made from 1" steel tubing
Powder coated finish in any color
Structurally sound sandrail design
Strong front bumper/brush bow to protect wheels from trees and poles
Rear hydraulic disc brakes standard (front optional)
Two circuit brake system for added safety
Locking "digger" earth brake with replaceable tips
Front axle suspension
Rear independent suspension with adjustable springs and air shocks
Single-sided rear swing arms
Solid 5/8" axles
Quality traction tires (Dunlop, Pirelli etc)

As always, all our products are hand crafted in the U.S.A.

Please contact us for 2015 pricing. 

Optional equipment:
Front wheel disc brake system
Rear fenders
Front fenders
Passenger seat
More options to come soon.

Shipping not included. We'll be glad to send you a shipping quote to your location and will work with your shipper as well. Local pick-up in Central Oregon is possible, too.

PLEASE NOTE: as of May 2014, we are booked solid for the entire summer. If you have not placed your order at this time, delivery will be in September 2014. We are looking to add capacity to reduce our back log in the near future.

For questions or to place your order, please e-mail or call (949) 280-7019

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dryland Cart orders for spring, or should it be fall?

It's been way, way too long since our last blog post, but hopefully, you're keeping up with all our activities on our facebook page, too.

Very little snow, especially in the western part of the US, brought us quite a few orders which will keep us easily occupied way into May, and there are more customers "hovering". It may sound crazy at this time of year, but if you're looking for new Arctis Cart for fall training, it may be a good time to get in touch with us right about now.

Our latest batch of orders brought carts all over the US, from Oregon to Minnesota, Alaska to Colorado, and the next batch will stretch from Washington to Vermont and California to Alaska.
Over the winter months, signal colors seemed to be the trend, yellow, orange and red. The next ones to come will be a bit different :-)

We are looking to expand production substantially this year, after moving to our new location one year ago and doing some major upgrades in tools and machinery throughout the year.

Several new developments are in the works to make that happen. One new addition to our cart program is currently being built and will most likely be on the market later this month or early April.

...and just a reminder, that the 2014 Iditarod is in full swing at this moment. Click here for current standings.

Our sponsored teams in the race are Karen Ramstead's "Pretty Sled Dogs" and Mike Ellis' "Tsuga Siberians".
Unfortunately, Brent Sass' team "Wild & Free" had to withdraw, due to Brent's injury he suffered during the recent Yukon Quest.
Please click on the links to visit their pages (and support their teams!).

Speaking of the Yukon Quest, here are a couple of wonderful videos from this year's race: