Author: Terrie Hanke (677 posts)


Eye on the Trail: Trio Leads on Sunday

  At the farthest end of the race, Ophir his returned to ghost town status.  At the near end of the race, Finger Lake is about to get busy and stay busy for several days.  With the checkpoint located right in front of Winter Lake Lodge, the proprietors of the Lodge, Kristin and Carl Dixon …

Eye on the Trail: Saturday Summary

As of late Saturday afternoon, Iditarod the checkpoint has become Iditarod the ghost town and Rohn the ghost town has a population of 2 dog teams (Burmeister and Sass) plus volunteers.  Dallas Seavey checked into Rohn and departed.  More teams will arrive in Rohn within the hour. The field of the 2021 Iditarod is now …

Eye on the Trail: Photos by Poyzer – Iditarod

The man behind the camera, Dave Poyzer, captured some beautiful photos of the action out in Iditarod.  When Dallas Seavey looked at the thermometer on his sled it read 52 degrees below zero.  Seavey thought is was malfunctioning.  It turned out to be exactly accurate.  How did Dave manage?  He kept his camera cold and …

Eye on the Trail: Leaders Out of Nikolai

Today is a day of keeping your eye on the trail through the tracker and race standings.  In the wee hours of Saturday the 13th, Dallas Seavey arrived in Nikolai.  Aaron Burmeister, Ryan Redington and Brent Sass followed him in that order.  Seavey and Redington chose to rest in Nikolai while Burmeister and Sass went …

Eye on the Trail: Lighter Traffic Friday Evening

This morning, 40 of 41 teams were on the trail between Ophir – Iditarod – Ophir!  Dallas Seavey was the single musher who had made it through the two-way traffic and was beyond Ophir heading to McGrath.  Tonight the traffic has thinned dramatically as there are twenty-one mushers on the 80-mile stretch of trail but …

Eye on the Trail: Photos by Poyzer – Ophir

  Insider guy Dave Poyzer was able to upload some of his great trail shots.  He’s been out there with the action in Ophir and Iditarod.  He’s been out there where it was so cold, the thermometers couldn’t show how cold!  Great work Dave! A dog team is unmistakable from the air – it looks …

Eye on the Trail: Two-way Traffic

This morning the GPS tracker was a sight to behold!  A never before seen picture of Iditarod!  With the exception of Dallas Seavey, every team was either in Ophir, in Iditarod or in between.  It was two-way traffic on what mushers say is not always a two-lane trail.  Seavey, the first musher to reach Ophir …

Eye on the Trail: Back of the Pack Leaves McGrath

How do the mushers know where the trail is and how do we know where the mushers are?  The answer to part 1 of this question is lath stakes.  The answer to part 2 is Tracker.  Lath trail markers have been used for a very long time.  The tracker is really new to the race …

Eye on the Trail: Namesake of Iditarod

Back when Joe Redington was dreaming of a race to assure the future of sled dogs in Alaska and to bring recognition to the Iditarod Historic Trail, Iditarod was his goal.  Start in Anchorage then run to Iditarod and back.  Can you imagine the conversation about what to call the race?  If we’re going to …

Eye on the Trail:  Some Rest, Some Mush On

The 20-mile loop from Iditarod out to Flat and back is scratched!  Race marshal, Mark Nordman announced the distance of the Gold Trail Loop would be shortened by twenty miles.  There will be no loop out to Flat.  There is an abundance of snow in the Iditarod Flat area making it difficult for trailbreakers to …