Thomas Wærner and Lars Monsen are keynote speakers at the rookie course

Author: Sjur Åsgard / Vanessa Quinche     Photo: Hanne Nordskag     Publish date: 25.10.13 13:57

Thomas Wærner and Lars Monsen will be the keynote speakers at the rookie seminar on Saturday 9. November 2013.

Because of the high attendance the course has been moved to Storstuggu (Røros Hotel).

Now it is official that last year's winner of the open class in Finnmarksløpet, Thomas Wærner from North Torpa, will come to Røros on 9th November to hold talks on long-distance mushing during this year's rookie courses. He will talk about topics such as training towards a race, preparations, race tactics and checkpoint routines. Wærner has built up a solid amount of experience and knowledge over many years as a top musher in various disciplines in dog sledding in Norway and the world. He is also a very engaging and energetic speaker.

In addition, Norway's number one Outdoorsman, Lars Monsen, will give great tips on how to deal with weather and other challenges during a race. Few can boast such a wide background experience as Lars Monsen when it comes to outdoor activities, and even fewer have the ability to impart knowledge as we have seen Monsen do for many years.

With these speakers, it goes without saying that more than rookies should recognize the opportunity. The course is open to all and we wish both experienced mushers and curious outdoor enthusiasts a warm welcome! 


From 10.00 to 11.45

Chief veterinarian Annette Kriller

  • The role of the vet team at a long distance race
  • How to prepare for a long distance race (veterinary care and animal welfare)
  • Common injuries, prevention and treatment

Race Manager Roger Leegaard

  • Femundløpets race rules and good sportsmanship

11.45 - 12.15 lunch


From 12.15 to 13.15 - Tips and hints from Lars Monsen

  • How to dress in the mountains and in the event of bad weather
  • Clothes, equipment, map and compass
  • Mushing in a storm and in cold weather
  • How to take care of oneself, food and drink

From 13.15 to 15.00 - Tips and hints from Thomas Wærner

  • Training tips: preparation, quantity and type of trainings
  • Checkpoint routines
  • Race strategies
  • Equipment that works in races

Part 1 of the course costs kr. 400.-  and includes coffee, lunch and pizza.


Questions and registration:

Petter Swift, Femund Trekkhunklubb
phone: 918 93 739

  • Registration deadline part one: 1st November
  • Payment of registration fee to Femund Trekkhundklubb bank account: Rørosbanken 4280 11 15319