Here’s what it looks like on the Iditarod Trail now…
For several days, its’ about getting down the trail…
now it’s a dog race.
The priority is still keeping your team healthy and happy (they WANT to run), but now we see who’s got the best team and who’s best at keeping them motivated and who’s lucky.
Joar Leifseth Ulsom
Ray Redington, Jr.
the little blips at the end of each line are for those with the GPS tracker… the tracker is a live map where you can follow each team in real time… each musher has a GPS tracker on their sled so we know where they are, even if they don’t…
They are headed out of the interior, out of Kaltag (mile 633) on the mighty Yukon river, toward Unalakleet (mile 718) on the coast. Where Kaltag is a respite from driving winds, at Unk, on the coast, wind takes on a whole new meaning. Or perhaps, hole; blowholes, places where wind screams down between hills, can create a big obstacle for teams.
Later along the coast, between White Mountain and Safety, one can expect this…
A major factor to consider in this area is that the wind can be extremely localized—and quite violent. You are moving through a series of natural wind tunnels, called “blow holes”, any of which (or all of which, or none of which) may be blowing at any given time. You can easily move through a hurricane-force gale with blowing snow and come suddenly into a calm area—or vice versa. Moreover, the wind can start up within minutes and reach hurricane force within an hour, or quit just as quickly.
From Unk to Nome, mushers run along the coast, at one point crossing the sea itself: Norton Sound.
That’s a pic of Aliy Zirkle at the top of the page.
Dallas is Mitch’s son… they’ve come in on each other’s tails in other years.
This year Dad looks like he’s running a faster team… maybe.
John Quniaq Baker (born 1962 or 1963 in Kotzebue, Alaska) is self-employed Americandog musher, pilot and motivational speaker of Inupiat descent who consistently places in the top 10 during the long distance Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Baker won the 2011 Iditarod with a finish time of 8 Days 19 Hours 46 Minutes 39 Seconds.
He is the first Alaska Native musher to win the world’s longest sled dog race since Jerry Riley did it in 1976
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race first ran to Nome in 1973. In the mid 1950’s, Jo and Vi Redington were writing letters to bring remembrance to the old Iditarod Trail and its important historical significance to Alaska’s history.