Rebecca (CEO of Snowhook, “our” kennel, at least emotionally) and AJ, musher extraordinaire, had a pre-Iditarod conversation, and Rebecca very kindly has shared the results. Go, Snowhook!
Trail conditions are expected to be hard and fast all the way through to Rainy Pass and become extremely difficult through the Alaska Range and onto Nikolai. Several veteran mushers have either withdrawn from the race or have expressed concern about the trail. Fortunately, thanks to Rose and Grizz, for the first time we are able to send out a second sled this year. In each of the past two Iditarod races, the sled has been damaged in the first 300 miles of the race.
We are unsure if the race is going to go over the sea ice on the coast this year or run an overland trail. Word is that there is 100 miles of bare ground and tussocks going into Nome. More about the trail conditions and plans for the coast will be shared at the mandatory mushers meeting on Thursday.
The team has a lot of miles on them this year which is good for their experience. However, the weather and trail conditions have been poor the last few weeks. Despite the uncertainty of any race as well as the weather and trail changes, the team is ready to go.
Frank and Natty have proven themselves to be leaders through the course of training this season. The more leaders the team starts the race with, the better. The final team line up will be whittled down by Friday—the day the Plunderers visit Snowhook Kennel for their own personal tour— and then finalized on Sunday morning, the day of the restart.
The plan is to pace and conserve the team’s energy throughout the race.
We are very grateful to all the Plunderers who have supported and sponsored the team this year. It has made a significant difference.
– Welcome new friends Linus, Jessie & Keera, Poochie (first Poochie in the gallery).
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