We loaded the sleds at a landing on Snowbank Lake, 20 miles east of Ely. Between dog food, human food, pots and pans, clothing, tents, a collapsible wood stove, personal gear, a cell phone, jigging rods, tip-ups, and bait, we packed more than 100 pounds on each sled. With a man on each runner and the weight of the sled, each team of eight dogs would haul over 500 pounds. "We should average about seven miles per hour, said Peter. With an "All right," we were off and up to speed.