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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Galena to Nulato

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Galena to Nulato     37 Miles About 10 miles outside of Galena is the picturesque Bishop’s Rock, where some of the most famous photographs of mushers are taken. In most years the local traffic keeps the river trail hard and fast. This section is well marked because wind and snow can cover the trail very …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Ruby to Galena

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Ruby to Galena      50 Miles From Ruby to Kaltag, the next 134 miles is on the Yukon River, passing through Galena and Nulato. In most years the local traffic keeps the river trail hard and fast. This section is well marked because wind and snow can cover the trail very quickly. Checkpoint is usually …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Cripple to Ruby

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Cripple to Ruby     70 Miles Leaving Cripple, the country stays the same for 15 to 20 miles. Then the trees get larger and thicker, with larger rolling hills. At Bear Creek, the trail enters a cat trail that should be easy to follow. At Sulatna Crossing (steel bridge), most of the mushers stop to …

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Iditarod 40: Never too old to run sled dogs

Even the old dogs can teach a thing or two to the pups. No, I am not talking about sled dogs here. I am talking about the mushers. 71 year old Jim Lanier just won the GCI Dorothy Page Halfway Award for being the first musher to run into the checkpoint of Cripple. Lanier, running in his 15th Iditarod shows …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Ophir to Cripple

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Ophir to Cripple     73 Miles Out of the Ophir checkpoint the trail follows a cat trail along the Innoko River into the old village site about a mile further along. It crosses the river again six miles out of the checkpoint. From the crossing, the trail heads northeast. The terrain is flat with sparse …

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Iditarod 40: Scratches and Rule 36

The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, also known as the Iditarod, has claimed it’s first victim. In the third night of the race, the first musher to scratch did so in Nikolai, Just 311 miles from the starting line. Each year, 60+ mushers invest countless hours, incredible resources and close to forty thousand dollars for the opportunity to run in what …

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Iditarod 40: How to they keep track of 1000 dogs?

In this year’s Iditarod sled dog race there are 66 mushers and over one thousand dogs that will spread across 975 miles of trail in some of the most remote conditions in North America. One question that I am always asked is: How to they keep track of all these dogs? Starting as soon as the weather cools and the …

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Scary Movie Bracket: The Mummy vs. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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: The Mummy vs. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre vs.        The Mummy In …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Takotna to Ophir

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Takotna to Ophir     23 Miles From Takotna the Iditarod Trail is the State Highway that runs to Ophir. Take the road to the right at the fork 1 1/2 miles out of Takotna. Normally there is no snow plowing on the Ophir fork of the highway; however, it is well traveled by dog teams …

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Iditarod 40: Aliy Zirkle wins Spirit of Alaska Award

It was a Super Tuesday indeed for Two Rivers (Alaska) musher, Aliy Zirkle who won the PenAir Spirit of Alaska Award for running first into the McGrath checkpoint in this year’s Iditarod. Zirkle is in first place 329 miles into the race in a 66 musher field that is vying for position to make it to Nome to claim a …

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