Erin Montgomery 2015 Teacher on the Trail

Overcome

This afternoon after watching Charley Bejna cross under the Burled Arch, I made my way to the library to catch Martin Buser speak about his journey across Alaska. The one topic which kept coming up in conversation were the connections made and the emotional highs and lows. No matter how many times you hear a …

Pictures Tell a Story – Still in Nome

Along the trail mushers often have to drop dogs or give their dogs a ride in the sled. Mushers are so in tune with their dogs they know when their buddies are tired, hurt, sore, or just don’t want to run anymore. It is in the best interest of the dog and the team to …

My Journey to Safety

My plan for this afternoon was to go the the Nome Elementary School with Martha and watch the screening of Spirit of the Wind: The Story of George Attla. My plans, however, changed. As I was working on my “P” Team story, my phone rang. It was Terrie Hanke calling to notify me that Stan …

The “P” Team

I am officially an honorary member of the 2015 P Team. Just as in every sport, athletes of the Last Great Race are also tested for drugs. Yesterday, I joined the Pee team as they tested many dogs for performance enhancing drugs. Every major event tests athletes for performance enhancing drugs. At the Ceremonial Start …

Pictures Tell a Story – Nome Day 1

A couple of hours after Mitch Seavey placed 2nd in the 2015 Iditarod his dogs could be seen sleeping like babies in the dog lot. These incredible athletes sure deserve a nice rest. Caption each picture below.  

Like Father, Like Son

Some say dynasty, Dallas says competitors that happen to be related. For the first time in Iditarod history, son and father took 1st and 2nd in The Last Great Race. The last four years the race has seen a Seavey cross the Burled Arch in 1st place; 2012 was Dallas, 2013 was Mitch, and 2014 …

Pictures Tell A Story – Unalakleet

I just love to walk around the checkpoint and look at the dogs. Their expressions put an enormous smile on my face. I always imagine to myself what they are saying or thinking. These two Jeff King dogs just arrived with their team in Unalakleet and were waiting for their straw and warm meal. If …

Nome is Ready

The first musher is in White Mountain, Dallas Seavey. About 4 hours later, his dad, Mitch Seavey arrived with a 30-minute lead on Aaron Burmeister. In White Mountain mushers must take their last 8-hour mandatory stop. After that, it’s on to the finish. I am hearing people say we are looking at about a 4:00 …

A Role Model

Iditarod is an exciting time of year for the villages along the trail. These remote, normally quiet, and peaceful villages turn into the crowded, place to be during the Iditarod. Droves of children huddle around the mushers and their dogs to observe anything and everything they can. To see their role model. Iditarod mushers are …

Pictures Tell a Story – Unalakleet

There has been a lot of action in and out of Unalakleet the last couple of days. This morning I walked past Paul Gebhardt’s team that was resting, all except one little guy. One of Paul’s dogs was doing his best to stay awake. He kept nodding off while sitting up, but was bound and …