We decided to head out to the White Mtns. instead. There's a lot more traffic on those trails and the trailhead's a lot closer to town (White Mountains Trip 3/29/09). Everything went well until the second day. The Beaver Creek crossing, as often happens, was covered with overflow (aufeis). Barney and Spuds, normally very reliable (White Mtns. 4/10/10), freaked out and took us on a wild ride, zig zagging over the ice covered channel. So the next day, when we had to return over that icy crossing, I thought I had it all planned how to cross. Well so much for planning as it went worse than the day before. While untangling the team out on the ice, I realized a leader change was in order, so put Jabba up with Barney. One of the two year olds we got a while back (Newbies 8/6/11), Jabba'd run up front a few times and seemed comfortable there. Well as soon as I got him hooked up front and lined out the team, they took off and went straight across the overflow with no problems. So he stayed up front for the rest of the run, over twenty miles out to the trailhead. I think we've got a new lead dog now.