The mushing community is truly one of the most special communities in the world. After this year’s race, 11 dedicated individuals stayed behind after the race passed through and spent four days tearing out and replacing the entire cabin floor of the Skwentna cabin. The crew rides in each year from Deshka Landing (near the Restart in Willow), pass through Yentna Station and on to Skewntna. All of the material & equipment was freighted up the frozen river and once it was in place, 5 men from Tacoma and 7 from Anchorage went to work.
Not only did this incredibly hard working and dedicated crew volunteer their time and labor, but this awe-inspiring Skwentna checkpoint crew also funded the the $10,000 project. To say we are grateful doesn’t even come close to the appreciation we have for this devoted team. The majority of this team have been working the checkpoint since the early 90’s, including Todd & Scott Silver, owners of Rite in the Rain who also manufacture and donate the Rite in the Rain musher’s journals & checksheets every year. Skwentna local Roger Phillips freighted in 36 railroad ties, 60 twelve foot 10×12’s and a pallet of plywood. Although all 11 guys had construction experience, they willingly deferred to Roger as the job boss. Team work makes the dream work, and we are so incredibly appreciative of this dedicated team. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to continue the legacy of The Last Great Race on Earth®!