I have carried a hand held video camera on the race for years now. Honestly, I don't always think "Gez, this is gorgeous… I need to take a video!" But, I really did try to capture some amazing portions of the Iditarod Trail this year.
There are 13 videos in the ID: AliyCam 2016 Series.
People often ask me what my dogs eat on the trail. My answer usually involves talking about the fact that the team eats it’s big meals while they are stopped at a camp spot or checkpoint - usually twice a day. But, just as important, are the snack breaks that the team gets along the trail. Every musher has his or her own idea of how many, how often and how fast a snack break should be. I believe that while the Iditarod is a race, not every snack break or stop needs to be a stressful, "hurry, hurry, hurry" act. I kept the camera rolling while I stopped the team for this snack break. This was their longest rest during a 55 mile run that took us from our camp spot before Rainy Pass Checkpoint, up through the mountain pass, down through the Rohn Checkpoint and out into the Farewell Burn to our next camp. This stop was about halfway. We took additonal breaks both before, but not for as long of a duration.
So... if you think it’s always: "Go! Go! Go!" Think again. 1,000 miles is a long way!