This season we have made an investment safety.
Safety in Mushing is something we don't think about until "something happens". But, in our world of: wilderness, physical challenges, extreme temperatures, environmental hazards, lots of dogs and independent (sometimes unpredictable) mushers, there is one thing we can guarantee: Something's gonna happen!
This week, after our first "Safety Meeting" of the season, we decided to start carrying our DeLorme InReach satellite communicator. We can easily toss this small device into the sled bag or parka pocket of a musher who is headed out on a training run. There are options on the device that can allow a person with internet access to track the location of the device and thus, the musher and team. There are also options on the device for "Come Get Me" and "Everything is Okay". Of course, it is rare that one of us would be sitting at the kennel, just twiddling their thumbs, watching SP Kennel dog teams trot down the trail on the internet. But, stranger things have happened!
Allen took the Sat. Communicator in his parka pocket. This is halfway through the run.
Technology these days is incredible and dog mushers are using it as well as the rest of the world. This device would obviously not be allowed on a race. But, most races these days use tracking devices and technology of their own.