Posts Tagged ‘Snowhook’
March 16th, 2013 Posted 9:20 am
Our team in the Iditarod, greatest sled dog race on earth. Here’s a wonderful wrap-up from Rebecca, Snowhook’s indomitable CEO.
I fell asleep— a long overdue rest—last night without thought of anything else including the update from the finish line.
C. Hobbit and I had use of vehicle yesterday so we drove to Farley’s Camp where teams cross the road as they near Nome. As the winds blew, I we looked and looked for the team. Out of no where, the team made and appearance. It was whiteout conditions at dog level and AJ was wearing his white wind suit. The only thing that tipped me off to his presence was his orange gloves radiating through the white and the wind. I tried to give AJ his favorite soda, but he handed it back saying it was too windy and he needed to hold on to the handlebar. C. Hobbit and I raced back to town and to the finishing chute. We were informed that it was a race to the finish between AJ and another team. This is the second time AJ has finished less than two minutes after the musher in front of him. I was so proud of the team and AJ as they crossed the finish line.
Each year after the team has crossed the finish line, AJ has lifted up a dog above his head to touch their paw to the burled arch. In 2011 it was Whitey-Lance in celebration of staying with the team and not going on a wanderabout. Last year, to show appreciation for a career well run, AJ lifted his main lead dog, Annabelle above his head to mark her retirement. Who was it this year and why? Lead dog and Annabelle’s daughter, Twig. AJ caught the flu or stomach bug on the trail. With exhaustion and the inability to keep anything in his stomach, he was in poor condition. A friend of the kennel who was volunteering at the Elim checkpoint, reported that he tried to get AJ to rest even longer because he was in bad shape. Rarely running a dog in single lead rather than double, he put Twig in the single lead position, a responsibility she proved to manage well. As the race continued, AJ’s health deteriorated. Calling on the team, Twig single led the team on the coast. She rallied and cared for AJ as he had done for team and the team responded to her leadership. For this—for her care, her tenacity, her resolve—AJ lifted Twig above his head and touched her paw to the burled arch in gratitude. Thank you Twig, you are our special girl!
C. Hobbit at the finish line, and Twig:
March 14th, 2013 Posted 8:50 am
From Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook, our team in the Iditarod.
At long last AJ and the team have made it to the White Mountain checkpoint where they will enjoy a mandatory eight hour layover before they can continue. Seventy-seven miles remains of their race. Word from a volunteer at a checkpoint is that the dogs are doing well, yet AJ is sick. How sick and with what, I don’t know. But, I haven’t time and time again said that AJ is the strongest person I know both mentally and physically for no reason. They have traveled through unseasonably warm temperatures, slogged through poor trail conditions and have truly plundered on through every trial on the trail. To say that I am proud of AJ and the team doesn’t come close.
The rule of thumb is that teams will cross the finish line approximately twelve hours after leaving White Mountain. The team will leave White Mountain shortly after 5:30 a.m. (Alaska) C. Hobbit Harris and I will prepare to greet Snowhook under the burled arch early afternoon on Thursday. We will celebrate under the arch, care for the dogs, and then engage in an activity that is long overdue—rest.
I want to thank the Plunderers (that includes Spence and Admin) for all your support. For helping us get to the starting line, for cheering us on in person and in spirit, and for being the best damn cheering section. Ever.
Here are two sterling members of the team, Doc and Rio.
March 12th, 2013 Posted 9:43 am
Reporting from Bisbee AZ. Real Chet and Bernie country.
First, here’s the latest from Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook, our team in the greatest sled dog race on earth. Many thanks, Rebecca. She’s already at the finish line in Nome.
The team pulled into Unalakleet not too long ago after a long day on the trail. What Chet might like to know about Unalakleet is that some of the best pizza I’ve ever had was in this town that serves as the first checkpoint on the coast. Pizza aside, I look at Unalakleet as the entry point for the final third of the race. There are 236 miles until the finish line.
I arrived in Nome midday on Monday. Not only would Snowhook like to share the starting line with the Plunderers, but the finish line in Nome as well. Wouldn’t that be something! Race fans from parts near and far have begun to pour into Nome. Flights are full, motels are booked, and there is a constant chatter of the race on the street and at the temporary race headquarters. The burled arch is in place on Front Street, snow has been plowed onto the road, and everyone awaits the arrival of teams. The unofficial rule of thumb is to expect a team to cross the finish line twenty-four hours after the team leaves the checkpoint of Elim. This means we could see the winning team cross the finish line on Tuesday evening.
And here are two members of the team, Jesse and Lefty.
March 11th, 2013 Posted 10:08 am
And here are two members of this year’s team, Elim and Fritz. Not sure if they’re still part of the race, but they look great. – Admin
Welcome Sasha & Brenna from Tucson, Po, Smudge, Muffin & Pepe from AZ.
And here, many thanks to Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook, is her report.