Musher Question & Answer
On one cold run, I had my hands in tight warm fists inside my mittens. During a corner with deep snow, the sled tipped and my fists were useless to catch the handle bar so I fell off. The deep snow slowed down the dogs, but the team was excited and the sled was still moving. So, I jumped like superman and just barely caught the bar. From here, I clamped up the sled until I could stop the overly excited dogs. They love chaos!
The first time I ran dogs was in Finland as a guest on a tour. The following winter, I returned to the same place, but this time, as one of their dog trainers/guides. I spent some time running dogs and guiding yours in Finland. Two years ago I came to Alaska and started at the race kennel, Smokin’Ace Kennels. This got me started in racing.
When I’m out there with my team, all noses are dulled by the snow laying on the ground and I only hear the hard-working dogs in front of me. I can feel the energy of my team.