A Walla Walla University graduate is competing for a chance to take a 300 kilometer journey through the Arctic by dogsled.
Sheldon Maxwell hopes to participate in the Fjällräven Polar, a trip designed to test the limits of ordinary people from around the world looking for an extreme adventure.
To be chosen, he needs as many votes as possible. He’s currently in 7th place out of all contestants in North America.
“I’ve never gone dogsledding before,” Maxwell said. “But the purpose of the journey is to show that ordinary people can do it with the proper gear and experts with them.”
He was inspired to enter the competition after going to Red Bull’s “Can You Make It?” competition last year. He was on one of 165 teams from over 50 countries that traveled seven days through Europe with cans of Red Bull as their only currency.
Since then, Maxwell said he has been craving another crazy adventure.
“I love anything in the outdoors that will test my limits and I can’t think of a better way to do that” than a dogsled journey in the Arctic, he said.
Maxwell is a graduate student at the University of Oregon who loves backpacking, trail running, skiing, snowboarding and waterskiing.
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