Tag Archives: Sled dog racing

The Dog Days of Summer

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Here in the land of the midnight sun, the mosquitos are out and the dogs are enjoying their vacation. They spend their days lounging around in the barking lot and wishing for the colder days when training will start again. We are truly in the dog days of summer here at Team Ineka. That does not mean that nothing is ... Read More »


This post is disturbing on many levels. One of much is the sheer disregard for a person’s right to privacy, but I have also included the language as transpired.  After 850 miles in 30 hours this weekend, all Michele and I wanted to do is come home, take a hot shower and sleep. We arrived at 10:15 and knew that ... Read More »

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Elim to Golovin


Iditarod 40: The Trail. Elim to Golovin   28 Miles The trail leaves Elim, following the ice along the coast for 10-11 miles to a cabin just north-northeast of the limestone cliffs, and here it turns right (inland) and crosses the Kwiktalik Mountains. This range is a low series of hills (1,000 to 1,500 ft.) with moderate grades. Vegetation ranges ... Read More »

Iditarod 40: Idita-Facts

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The Iditarod starts in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 3rd (10 am) The Iditarod Re-starts in Willow Alaska, Sunday, March 4th (2 pm) As of February 16, 2012 there are 66 mushers signed up for the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, including 52 veterans, 14 rookies and 16 women. To date eight mushers have withdrawn for various reasons. ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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

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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 ... Read More »

Hobo Jim at Willow Trading Post

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The little hamlet, village or whatever they are calling it these days, of Willow Alaska comes alive next weekend for the start of the Iditarod. Thousands of people will flock to watch their favorite mushers on March 4th as they race towards Nome in the 1,049 mile dog sled race. An Alaskan legend, Hobo Jim will play three shows at ... Read More »

2012 Junior Iditarod Musher Start Order

2012 JR. IDITAROD MUSHER START ORDER Jr. Iditarod will be taking place this Saturday, February 25th at 10 AM AK Time leaving from Knik Lake, Mile 13, Knik Goose Bay Road, Wasilla and ending on Sunday, February 26th at Willow Lake, Willow Community Center, Willow 2012 Jr. Iditarod Musher Listing – Bib number order Bib # Last Name First Name City State ... Read More »

Team Ineka at the Sled Dog Stampede

On Sunday, Team Ineka’s Robert and Tyler Forto took part in the sled dog stampede at the Willow Winter Carnival in Alaska. We had so much fun! (Well, after about 12 guys, a couple shovels helped get our dog truck un-stuck) The Stampede goes a little something like this: A team of two mushers and up to an eight dog ... Read More »

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