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Iditarod - Musher Schnülle: Tough, tough, tough.
What say the "European" Iditarod Mushers about the weather conditions in Alaska: read more!
Wind was the mushers' biggest concern. That's because dog teams do not like heading straight into a strong wind, never mind winds up to 40 mph that were driving wind chills to minus-40 and creating a ground blizzard.
Schnuelle said after arriving in Koyuk that a 5-year-old dog in his team called Finn saved the day. Two of his other lead dogs, when faced with the bitter wind, sat down and wouldn't go forward.
... Schnuelle, who described the conditions as "Tough, tough, tough."
Schnuelle, who described the conditions as "Tough, tough, tough."
Canadian Hans Gatt, a three-time winner of the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race -- often run in even colder weather with checkpoints farther apart -- said mushers can't prepare their teams for these conditions.
Mushers don't train in these conditions, Gatt said, as he put new booties on his dogs and prepared to leave Shaktoolik.
"They don't want to go in this stuff," Gatt said. "You just hope for the best."