It’s break time on the Iditarod trail, as teams hunker down for 24 hours of uninterrupted rest along the Yukon River or consider pushing down the trail to a later checkpoint. As the race approaches the halfway point mushers try to plan how to get the most from their tactical breaks.
As mushers speed toward Nome, a controversial new Iditarod rule is in effect for the first time. After a vote by the board of directors last fall, mushers are now allowed to carry two-way communication devices, like cell and satellite phones. Many competitors both young and old think the presence of technology goes against the spirit of the race.