Tucked within a grove of trees, and nestled between two mountains, Tripod Flats cabin serves as a secluded oasis between Kaltag and Unalakleet along the Iditarod trail.
Aliy Zirkle led Iditarod 2015 out of Koyukuk late Saturday morning, followed into the evening by Aaron Burmeister, Jeff King, Jessie Royer, and Dallas and Mitch Seavey. These frontrunners jockeyed for lead on the 154 mile run to the coast.
Burmeister, first into Unalakleet, is comfortable on the coast. “I felt right at home when the wind started blowing,” said the Nome musher. According to Race Marshall Mark Nordman, mushers should arrive Tuesday.
Stepping into Huslia was like “stepping back in time” for veteran musher Dee Dee Jonrowe.
What was it like during the first ever Iditarod sled dog race in 1973? Howard Farley talks mushing, volunteerism and the Iditarod legacy.
“I had a big master plan to go almost nonstop,” says Anderson. But his plan—and his sled—had to adapt to meet his team’s needs on this new and unpredictable trail.
The brothers have been traveling as a duo since Tanana, where Lance Mackey’s hands first gave him trouble in the sub-zero temperatures. But Jason Mackey says he isn’t doing his brother any favors — he’s just lucky to be learning from an Iditarod legend.
“I hope that we’re always a threat in this race,” says Dallas Seavey. “We’re not always gonna win it, but we’re always gonna be a threat.”
The race leaders are on their way to the coast. KNOM’s Matthew Smith caught a few top 10 (and champion) contenders in Koyukuk Saturday.
Resting in Galena, Ray Redington, Jr. and Jessie Royer reflect on their races in light of the warmer preparation each team had this season.