Tag Archives: Team Ineka

Fortos’ Fort: Roof Removal on Kennel Building

In Alaska you can never have too much covered space! In a climate where it can get to be -20 to -40 degrees in the winter with snow drifts the size of small mountains, having a place to store your stuff is prime real estate. On the kennel building/barn there are several sections of the roof that were put up …

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Mushing Capital of the World Trip on Gowalla

On the location service application for iPhone (and other smart-phones), Gowalla, you can create unique trips to share with your friends. Since I am living and training in the Mushing Capital of the World: Willow, Alaska I thought it would be cool to make a trip on Gowalla to share. In Willow we have more mushers per square mile than …

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Fortos Fort: A year in the life

Forto’s Fort July 3, 2010 It was July 3, 2010 at about 3 pm when my daughter, Nicole and I landed in Alaska on a cool and very rainy Saturday afternoon and we pulled into the driveway to meet realtor and friend, Dave. We had pretty much bought the cabin sight unseen in mid-June on the condition that it was …

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Training run on the Solstice

On the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, some people dance around a bonfire with bones in their hair. Some jump into a frozen ocean at the top the world. Others worship the Sun God. I took the sled dog team out for a quick summer training run. It was a great run with temperatures in the low …

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Freshly pressed, hopes and dreams…

I can’t say how grateful I am for the opportunity to be Freshly Pressed on WordPress.com yesterday. The post was just a short piece about my first training run of the summer with my sled dog team up in Alaska. I didn’t think much of it when I wrote it. I just wanted to share the experience with my readers. …

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Mushing–Alaska Style: First Training Run of Summer

After a quick two month break we are back on the trails again. In these short 2 or 3 mile runs on the dirt roads we will be training the Deadwood pups (a whole litter named after the HBO series: Alma, Jewel, Ellsworth, Wu, Swidgeon, Joanie and Sophia) to run in lead. It was the first run with my son, …

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Never forget your dreams…

“Never Forget Your Dreams” –Korczak Kiolkowski It was a decade ago with a dog truck full of a rag-tag team of rescued Siberian Huskies, three kids barely old enough to be in school and a dream that was just begining. Michele, the kids and I were heading to the Black Hills Race to the Gold sled dog race in Hill …

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2010-11 Training Summary

It was my first winter in Alaska and my first year as an Alaskan musher. I had no idea what to expect and I went into the winter full of optimism and eager to learn. It had been quite a while since I was behind a set of runners and I knew I needed several miles before I got my …

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