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Willow, Alaska: The mushing capital of the world

After yesterday’s ceremonial start in Anchorage for the 39th running of the Iditarod, the real fun begins today in Willow for the official start of the race. Willow, Alaska is a village of about 2500 people and the place I call home. It is about 70 miles north of Anchorage and on the “road system.” There is not much here …

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The Gee-Haw Problem

The Gee—Haw Problem Some mushers expect a leader to turn instantly on command; others give the command some yards ahead of the turn so that the dog can absorb the situation. This explains why some mushers have trouble missing turns. A dog trained to turn instantly will jump straight into deep snow even if he sees a fork ahead. Serious …

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