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Feb 03, 2014

Most teams stop for a few hours of rest at the CP’s. Curt (and other mushers) take time to bed the dogs down on some hay, take their booties off, check them for signs of injury or soreness, and feed them; before he takes off for a snooze.

I’m impressed and amazed at the obvious keen-ness of the dogs as they head out of the CP and onto the trail again. Those dogs just LOVE to race!

Feb 02, 2014

Arrived Checkpoint 2, Mile 101 at 2:00 am.

Pam & I naively thought we’d sleep in the tent - we froze, whist Jackie opted for the most uncomfortable night she’s ever had, jammed in the cab of the truck, baby-sitting young Wyatt.

Teams work

Teamwork is very important here.  We’re out in the whop-whops, the temperature drops to an unforgiving minus 20-30° Celsius. This close to the Arctic Circle, a simple mistake in the outback can easily cost your life.

Feb 01, 2014

Curt started with 14 dogs: Hatchett, Run, Block, Ramp, Bolt, Trip, Mary-Lou, Gaiter, Hitch, Croc, Taser, Dodge, Kick, & Scenic.

It was so very cool to see the dogs so happy and eager to get under way.

We drove out to the 1st checkpoint at Two Rivers to wait for the mushers and dogs, and to learn how the system works for us as handlers. The National Guard (military) had set the Checkpoint up with some impressively big double skinned insulated tents, heaters and spotlights.

Jan 31, 2014

Sled dogs at night - ready to runRace day tomorrow and we're now on the countdown for finalising the last details.

All the dogs were hand led for a quick run tonight and they are fighting fit! Unbelievably strong and keen to run, it was difficult to keep them under control.

Jan 30, 2014

Northern lights in Alaska during Yukon Dog Sled RaceThe opening banquet and briefing today.

Severe lack of snow, and a few rivers are too open, so they’ve made a few course alterations.