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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 7 (November 1, 1929)


For the first time in the history of our great mountain resorts, dogs from the far northern lands of snow are being used in the development of the Southern Alps for travellers. The fifteen Alaskan dogs which were brought out from America for the Byrd Antarctic expedition are inland at the Mount Cook Hermitage, and are doing excellent work in hauling sledges up across the moraine and the ice for new huts high up in the valley of the Tasman Glacier. Formerly everything for the higher hut of the two, that at the Malte Brun range, 6,500 feet above sea level, has had to be carried up on the guides' and porters' backs. The half-wolf breed from the northern wilds have saved the Mount Cook staff many a weary journey.

The dogs are to be taken down to the Ross Sea, in Antarctica, for the Byrd explorations in the coming summer, probably early in December.