Terrie Hanke

Eye On the Trail: Resting in Unalakleet

For the three leading teams that departed Shaktoolik during the wee hours of the morning, the run to Koyuk has been a challenge. Leading the pack was Nic Petit but Joar Leifseth Ulsom overtook him. Taking a wrong turn on the run to Koyuk, Petit lost the trail. Joar passed him by and arrived in …


Eye on the Trail: Back of the Pack

There is a distance of roughly 300 miles from leader to red lantern in Iditarod XLVI. The Back of the Pack has departed Anvik to run north and slightly east on the Yukon River. The front of the pack, having departed Shaktoolik, is on Norton Sound heading pretty much north to the village of Koyuk. …


Eye on the Trail: Unalakleet Photo Essay

The checkpoint was filled with spectators as the mushers came off the Kaltag Trail.  Nic Petit, shared the checkpoint briefly with Joar Leifseth Ulsom and Mitch Seavey.  After a 5.5 hour rest, Petit headed to Shaktoolik.  Joar Rested just an hour and forty-two minutes and followed Nic.  Mitch rested just over three hours before leaving …


Eye on the Trail: Petit in Unalakleet

Ten hours and fifty-seven minutes after departing Kaltag, Nic Petit brought thirteen dogs into Unalakleet.  He was welcomed by a crowd of Gold Coast residents.  It was plenty warm and as the clouds thinned, it felt balmy.  Some of the children were in shirt sleeves as they scampered up and down the berms plowed up …


Eye on the Trail: Deeter and Fressineau on Historic Iditarod Trail

The Back of the Pack is making steady progress to the Yukon River. Iditarod has once again returned to ghost town status. The last time it was populated was in 2013 when Iditarod followed the southern route to Nome. Back in its day, Iditarod was a town of 10,000 and the heart of the Iditarod …


Eye on the Trail: Kaltag and the Old Portage

Kaltag is an inland village that sits on the edge of the Yukon River. It’s history lies in gold, trading and hardship. Athabascans had hunting and fishing camps in the area near where the village of Kaltag is now located. They traded with the Inupiat coastal residents. In turn the Inupiat traded with the Russians. …


Eye on the Trail: Petit wins Bristol Bay Corporation First Fish Award

As the first team to Kaltag, Nicolas Petit received the Bristol Bay Corporation First Fish Award.  Petit arrived in Kaltag at 19:45 behind 14 spirited dogs.  Insider Commentator Bruce Lee called the team energized and in fantastic shape, even one of the best he’s ever seen at this point of the race.  Petit parked and …


Eye on the Trail: Teams Approach Kaltag

The checkpoint of Unalakleet is coming together. The light on the internet modem is solid green, a good omen for communicating race stats. The drop bags have been sorted and are in perfect alphabetical order right behind the checkpoint. As mushers come off the river and onto the slough, their bags are taken down to …


Eye on the Trail: Iditarod Checkpoint

It’s s bright sunny day (Saturday March 10) in Unalakleet.  From the photo above, it looks like it’s still snowing in Iditarod.  The IAF pilots were eating breakfast early anticipating a busy day of transporting personnel, supplies and dropped dogs.  With snow on the Southern route and on the Yukon River, some of the checkpoints …


Eye on the Trial: Weather on the Yukon River

The best strategies of mushers are only successful if Mother Nature allows. The fickle woman is creating havoc along the Yukon River and the southern section of the trail. Folks dependent on air travel are sitting in Iditarod hoping the persistent snow will cease and visibility will improve to allow the IAF access to the …