Training and Braining

This fall is the start of our third season mushing here in Two Rivers as ATAO kennel. Around this time in our first season, we had 5-6 dogs ahead of the four-wheeler. Now we have 15 dogs (including 4 of … Read More

The Hill

It’s the night before the first run of the season. Or, more appropriately, it’s the morning already, I’m just hoping to put at least one more hour of sleep between me and the alarm. But I can’t sleep. I’m turning … Read More

CB300 Part 5: Point Lodge to Finish

Part 1: Start to Chisto Part 2: Chisto to Meier’s Part 3: Meier’s to Sourdough Part 4: Sourdough to Point Lodge While Iditarod begins its final chapter, it’s time for me to write about the last leg of the Copper … Read More

CB300 Part 4: Sourdough to Point Lodge

Part 1: Start to Chisto Part 2: Chisto to Meier’s Part 3: Meier’s to Sourdough We traveled on the river for only a few hundred yards before we jumped up into a wooded trail. This section of the race would … Read More

CB300 Part 3: Meier’s to Sourdough

Meier’s Lake to Sourdough: 33.9 miles Part 1: Gakona to Chisto Part 2: Chisto to Meier’s We left Meier’s lake in the beautiful afternoon sun. I was not wearing my bibs or my parka. I knew I had a big … Read More

CB300 Part 2: Chisto to Meier’s

Chistochina to Meier’s Lake – 68 miles (Read part 1 of the race recap here to catch up) We set off into a lonely night. When I’ve run the Copper Basin before, I’ve been competing and aiming for minimum rest, … Read More

CB300 Part 1: Start to Chisto

Gakona (Start) > Chistochina: 33 miles We took off from the Gakona start line just in time. The mercury was rumored to be around -20, and predicted to be much colder out on parts of the trail. At the musher’s … Read More

The Day after Tomorrow

Welp– This is it. We’re finally here. It’s hard to believe after the weeks of training, angsting, and loving on dogs, that the Copper Basin starts this Saturday. We never would have gotten even close to this start line if … Read More

Solstice 50 Recap Athlete by Athlete

If you are a patron, you may have seen the Solstice 50 Recap I did that talks about the prep, the trails, the reflection of last year’s race, and more! If you haven’t seen it yet you can find it … Read More

The Human Team

There’s no way we could accomplish any race without an amazing human crew. The Copper Basin takes an especially dedicated crew. For some sled dog races, you send the musher and team off, and see them at the end. For … Read More

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