Alaska is, of course, famous for its sled dog racing, but that’s never been where Geoff Carroll’s interest lies. He’s an expedition guy. In fact, his introduction to mushing was on an expedition to the North Pole in 1986: a 56-day, 1,000 mile trek over sea ice by dogsled.
Along one of the most remote stretches of the state’s road system is a wilderness lodge that’s become thoroughly popular with elite dog-mushers. The spot offers some of the best winter training for long-distance mushers anywhere in Alaska. The fact that there’s also hot food and cold beer, mushers say, just happens to be a bonus.
On Friday night in Bethel, the Kuskokwim 300 celebrated its 40th annual sled dog race. Over four decades the race has attracted Alaska’s best mushers, while offering a growing purse and serving as a cornerstone of local mushing. The founders say they could not have predicted how well known and respected that the race would become, or the local champion it would shape.