A group of Chinese tourists mushed the Iditarod Trail this month, aided by a large entourage of trail staff and a bevy of specialized gear. Most of them had never seen snow before.
It’s the time of year for the sled dog and snowmachine races that traverse the rural wilds of Alaska and captivate the attention of people across the state. Race season is back.
The countdown is on for the start of the 2017 Iditarod Sled-dog race on March 4th.
On Thursday, it was an enthusiastic send-off for sled dog teams and mushers as they left the start line of the Kobuk 440.
The 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race saw more than 70 teams make the 1,000-mile trek from Anchorage to Nome, traversing Alaska’s vast wilderness. Thanks to you, we covered the race for our listeners, just as we’ve done since its inception in 1973.
When a dog team passes under the Burled Arch at the end of the Iditarod, the work does not end. The team is then escorted to the official dog lot where their next task begins, recuperation.
Norway’s Joar Leifseth Ulsom led the large contingent of Scandinavian mushers into Nome on Tuesday, finishing in 6th place.
It’s the beginning of “race season” in Western Alaska: the sled dog and snowmachine races that traverse, and fascinate, our state. In January, we covered the Kuskokwim 300.
Mitch reflects about his experience helping out with sled dogs.
September’s episode of Story49 features Sue Steinacher’s tale of a mushing trip to Russia that didn’t quite go as planned.