HOW DOG SLED RACERS PREPARE FOR IDITAROD


In the first week of March,  musher’s  will gather for one of the world’s longest and most grueling sled dog races—the Iditarod—from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. How does one prepare for a race of over 1,000 miles of frozen trail in temperatures well below freezing? How They Do It Preparations start the previous spring, but […]

THE JOYS OF RUNNING SLED DOGS


My introduction to dog sledding was a commercial tour ride near Winter Park, Colorado. What a fantastic way to see the country! The sun was shining, the air was crisp, and the only sound was the slushing of the runners and the breathing of the dogs. We sped along into the high country, me tucked […]

Dog Sledding in Alaska – Mushing Through Breakup


I harnessed five dogs, each carefully selected from the 15 in our yard: Big old Clarence, my most loyal leader, and his brother, Julie’s leader Jiles. Little Keta, timid with people but fearless around trail hazards. Pebbles, still young but a strong do-anything dog, and Meeter, fearless not because he was brave but because he […]