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Iditarod 40: The Trail. McGrath to Takotna

Iditarod 40: The Trail. McGrath to Takotna     18 miles The trail leaves McGrath at the east end of Runway Seven, the same place where it enters. Crossing the Kuskokwim River to the mouth of the Takotna River and turning west, the trail continues over Porcupine Ridge to Takotna. The terrain is gentle rolling hills with moderate grades and …

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Scary Movie Bracket: American Psycho vs. Evil Dead

Here at the Fort we love sports, March Madness and scary movies. Play along with us and find out what is the scariest movie of all time, voted on by you, my rabid readers! See who’s winning and the “official rules” Scary Movie Bracket Round 1: American Psycho vs. Evil Dead vs.        American Psycho Patrick Bateman, a …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Rohn to Nikolai

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Rohn to Nikolai     75 miles The trail leaves Rohn and crosses the South Fork of the Kuskokwim River and turns sharply left (inland) about 3/4 mile below the Rohn checkpoint. From here to Farewell Lake the trail crosses sharp hills with moderate and steep grades, both up and down. Some of the grades are …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Rainy Pass Lodge to Rohn

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Rainy Pass Lodge to Rohn    35 Miles Puntilla Lake (Rainy Pass Lodge) is 1835′ above sea level and from here the trail climbs through Rainy Pass reaching 3160′ above sea level. From the lodge the trail climbs a small hill and enters the valley. It runs on the north side of the ridge that separates …

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Scary Movie Bracket: Saw vs. King Kong

Here at the Fort we love sports, March Madness and scary movies. Play along with us and find out what is the scariest movie of all time, voted on by you, my rabid readers! See who’s winning and the “official rules” Scary Movie Bracket Round 1: Saw vs. King Kong vs.        Saw Two men wake up at …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Finger Lake to Puntilla Lake (Rainy Pass Lodge)

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Finger Lake to Puntilla Lake (Rainy Pass Lodge) At Finger Lake the trail drops sharply onto Red Lake leaving the lake at the northwest corner. It climbs steeply leaving the lake at the northwest corner. It climbs steeply up a small creek bed to the benches above Finger Lake. From here it is through swamps, spruce …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Skwentna to Finger Lake 40 miles

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Skwentna to Finger Lake 40 miles From the Skwentna checkpoint the trail continues up the river for one mile and turns off on the left bank. It continues inland across Eight-Mile Swamp through spruce timber and cottonwoods to the Old Skwentna Roadhouse. The crossing is at a 45-degree angle to the river. The trail climbs up …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Yentna Station to Skwentna

Iditarod 40: The Trail.Yentna Station to Skwentna 30 miles The mushers run the Yentna all the way to the confluence with the Skwentna River and the town of Skwentna, three miles from the mouth. These slow moving glacial rivers normally provide very good trails. They are all from one fourth to more than a mile wide and freeze thick enough …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Willow to Yentna Station

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Willow to Yentna Station       40 miles The trail begins on Willow Lake, travels across frozen lakes and swamps before the trail winds through a birch forest before dropping onto the Big Susitna River via Corral Hill. Most of the trail is flat. Once the teams drop onto the Big Susitna River they travel …

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Iditarod 40: The infamous Happy River Steps

The 2012 Iditarod is only about 18 hours old and some of the front runners, Hugh Neff, Lance Mackey, Paul Gebhardt, Aily Zirkle, and Ryan Redington are making very good time with most of them heading into Rainy Pass. Right around this area is a part of the trail that is a much of legend as the race itself. It …

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