Ever heard of the Iditarod? It’s Alaska’s famous dogsled race, held annually along its namesake: the Iditarod Trail. Each year, mushers and their teams of dogs gear up for a trek from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.
The Iditarod is hugely important in Alaska, especially since the popularity of casual dogsledding has risen. The yearly race draws in around 50 mushers and over 1,000 racing dogs. And it’s a long race, usually completed in 8-15 days! Currently, all of the fastest Iditarod completion times completed somewhere during that eighth day of the race.
So clearly, the humans sledding in the race spend a good deal of time navigating the Alaskan wilderness on their own. And needless to say, they’ve got plenty of stories to tell about the experience. Blair Braverman, one such dogsledder and Iditarod participant, shared one of her most terrifying moments from the race. You won’t believe what she saw that day until you reach the end of her Twitter thread!