The evanescent Iditarod Trail

The evanescent Iditarod Trail

Somewhere at latitude 63.87N on the shores of the Bering Strait, a practicable 80-mile long valley connects Alaska’s western shores with the Interior, between coastal mountains. Used by humans and animals for thousands of years, we know it today as the Kaltag portage. It is one of the better used portions of the heterogeneous Iditarod […]

Fit For Purpose

Fit For Purpose

One of the keys to extreme races in extreme places is to design or modify existing equipment to tightly match the specifics of the adventure. Most commercial apparel is designed with a large sweet spot, “good enough” for many situations. On the Iditarod Trail, in winter, “good enough” might cost you a finger or two. […]

Inventing 1000 miles

Inventing 1000 miles

How to prepare for a 1000-miler winter Alaska crossing? There is no recipe. You have to invent it one step at a time. 40 days to launch.

Why?

Why?

Several times this holiday season I have been asked the ‘why’ question. “1,000 miles? in Alaska? In winter? Really? How? Why?…” For me, a solo unsupported trek across Alaska includes several highly desirable components: – It’s about running and about endurance. Endurance has motivated me since watching a 24-hour motorcycle race in the urban circuit […]