We weren't planning to start "getting into" the upcoming Denali Doubles for another week or so. Partly because we don't have a lot to say about it yet, but mostly because we don't really feel like we have it all figured out. But, many of you seem quite keen to "get after it" so we're inviting you to play along!
If you click on the image to the left, a PDF of the complete Denali Doubles Race rules will open in a new window. Most of it is pretty straightforward "race stuff" but if you read carefully you will see a number of details that are different for this race.
Your mission -- should you choose to accept it -- is to put everything you've learned here on the Dog Log to use and develop your own race plan: What would your run/rest schedule be? What supplies would you carry with you and what would you pre-position at the supply depot in Paxson? What kind of sled configuration would you use for two mushers? How would you design your dog team in terms of experienced veterans vs. youthful rookies, speed vs. steady, etc.? Would you pre-plan to "leave" -- not "drop" -- any dogs along the way to pick up on the return? Would you pre-plan to "drop" any dogs in Paxson? So many factors to consider!
To help you out a little, I've put together a pretty good map of the race course which you can see in full size by clicking the image below:
If you would prefer to see and/or print a higher quality PDF version, you can open one in a new window by clicking here.
What else have you got to do this weekend? Get after it! And if you come up with something you're really happy with, send us a copy: SPKDogLog@gmail.com