Sanka’s Weekly Challenge: How Many Booties?

Sanka W. Dog

How many booties will a musher need for the southern route?  Assume a musher will change booties once every 50 miles.  The actual length of the southern route is 998 miles.  The musher is starting with 14 dogs and must plan to take the whole team to Nome.  Also remember that a musher is required to carry eight booties in the sled for every dog in the sled or in use (Rule 16).  In calculating, round numbers up to the nearest whole number.

Mary Helwig Preparing to Leave McGrath in 2016

Answer to Buying Booties

At $3 a bootie, 1,000 booties can be purchased. At the quantity discount of 250 booties for $425, 1.750 booties can be purchased.  The cost using the quantity discount would be $2,975.  Eight additional booties could be purchased at $3 each.  The total expenditure would be $2,999 for 1,758 booties.