It’s Sunday evening in Unalakleet. Had a nice, simple, non-turbulent, flight from Kaltag with Mike Swalling. As we flew over, I noticed race sponsor Penair’s airplane on the tarmac. And the wind blowing about 20 mph. I really wanted to get a hard drive of images on the flight, so as soon as we landed…Details
We spent a few hours in the morning in Kaltag and then hitched a ride with Mike Swalling again to Unalakleet. Check out a couple photos from Kaltag and a few from Unk:
It’s Sunday morning. I forgot about the time change, but no worry, the sun will be up at its usual time. It’s warm here in Kaltag, light snow. Shot some early morning stuff. Nice and quiet out there. Not much press, which is what I like. Will spend much of today here I imagine, though…Details
Saturday March 9, 2013 evening in Kaltag— I spent just a few hours in Shageluk shooting before moving on to Kaltag. Wonderful people there as always. It was a 3 mile drive to the airport for Erin and I to catch our ride. We took out 10 dropped dogs in the back of the…Details
After helping to load 10 dropped dogs into a pickup truck and then load the same 10 dropped dogs into the back of pilot Jerry Wortley’s plane, we waited a short while for Mike Swalling to pick us up in Shageluk and fly over the mighty Yukon River toward Kaltag.
Saturday March 9, 2013 I was delighted to see the ceiling lifted and the winds calmed down enough for the Iditarod Air Force pilot, Ed Kornfield picked me up from Iditarod. It was an easy ride, we circled around Shageluk to take a photo of teams resting. Erin was here and met me and began…Details
It was a beautiful night last night here, clear, warm. Good for us humans, a bit too warm for the dogs. I enjoyed shooting the evening shots without gloves. Had a great night sleep last night in the old Iditarod checkpoint cabin thanks to long-time volunteer Jim Paulus. It got more and more windy…Details
It’s early evening and I’m in the ghost-town of Iditarod. Woke up early this morning at Takotna, shot some images just before dawn and then Erin and I flew with Danny Davidson to Iditarod. The forecast was for really high winds, which we experienced just a bit of turbulence on the way over. Because of…Details
Jeff went out one final morning in Takotna and got a few photos of teams resting or preparing to leave. Later that morning we caught a plane to Iditarod. More to come.
Lots of teams resting in the falling snow here in Takotna this afternoon, and Jeff Schultz hard at work photographing all the dogs.
After a quick stop in Nikolai, we spent the night in Takotna at the Takotna School. Jeff went to bed early and got up before sunrise to photograph incoming mushers and teams as snow fell on the town. There are about 29 teams resting here, most taking their mandatory 24 hour break. Aaron Burmeister was…Details
A really quick stop for Jeff and Erin at the Nikolai checkpoint before we pushed on to Takotna. More to come!
Tuesday March 5th — Nikolai 5 pm. So I’ve been off-line and out of touch of the normal world as of 1 pm yesterday when I left Rainy Pass with Steve Perrins Jr on a snowmachine for Rohn. We spent until 7:30 pm on the trail waiting for mushers and looking for good spots. It…Details
Volunteer veterinarians and other workers checked in several teams at the Finger Lake checkpoint early in the morning on Monday, March 4, 2013.
Sunday March 3rd 8:30 pm at Finger Lake—- Today was a rush-rush day doing the restart and then flying here to Finger Lake. Like previous years I had my friend Ron Halsey running me and this year’s assistant Erin Hooley around on a snowmachine. It was buisiness as usual on Long Lake where many, many…Details
Was quite an Iditarod start today — It began extra early for me as I left the house at 6:30 this morning to help coordinate a group of ExxonMobil poster rollers get set up to distribute 5,000 posters to Iditarod fans at the start. Being down there so early it was a really cool feeling…Details
This morning I went to Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla and photographed the army of volunteer veterinarians at the mandatory vet check. Each dog must be examined by a vet for its fitness to run the race. It was so much fun to watch the vets interacting with the dogs. These sled dogs are some of…Details
Yet another day of volunteers and sponsors working tirelessly to make the 2013 Iditarod happen at Airland transport in Anchorage. Airland was taken over by 60+ volunteers, led by Pat Owens where they sorted and re-packed food and supplies for the volunteers working at each of the checkpoints. The Airland employees shrunk their operations down…Details
Today was the first of two days of intense work by a small army of volunteers in what is called the “Food Drop”. A week or more earlier, musher’s put together 1-4 bags of supplies for each of the 22 checkpoints. In these bags are dog food— frozen meat and dry food, musher’s food and…Details
There is still a number of the 2012 40th Running Limited Edition Iditarod Posters still available. The 15”x 25” poster is printed on extra-heavy paper stock and is individually hand-signed and numbered by Jeff in an edition of 1049, the number of miles that the Iditarod Trail length was advertised to be for many…Details
Today was the beginning of the herculean effort done by thousands of volunteers each year prior to the dogs hitting the trail on Saturday March 2nd. 33 volunteers, some of them having been doing this for 26 years, spent the better part of a day bagging 1500 bales of straw and 68 bales of hay.…Details