Long Hard Trails and Sled Dog Tales is a memoir of sorts, an adventure story to be sure, and a look at what it’s like to follow a champion sled dog racing team across thousands of miles of Arctic wilderness. Award-winning author Helen Hegener hitched her wagon to a star: The legendary double four-time Iditarod and Yukon Quest winner Lance Mackey, beginning with his bid for a fourth Yukon Quest title in 2008.
For the next several years she followed Lance and dozens of other mushers, many of whom became close friends, across Alaska and the Yukon Territory. She founded Northern Light Media, which produced the DVD Appetite and Attitude: A Conversation with Lance Mackey, and published the books Yukon Quest Album, All Alaska Sweepstakes, and Along Alaskan Trails, among others. She has produced two Mushing History Conferences, and is among the founders of the Northern Lights 300 sled dog race from Big Lake to Finger Lake and return.
In this book Helen shares her adventures paralleling the sled dog trails, with quotes from the notebooks and journals she kept while traveling. But going beyond the exciting sled dog races, she also gives readers the backstory of her life as founder and co-publisher of a leading publication in alternative education, and the riveting nationally-watched lawsuit which cost her that business and much more; the ‘long hard’ part of the trail…
Long Hard Trails and Sled Dog Tales
"Long Hard Trails and Sled Dog Tales, My Adventures in Tracking Dogteams Across Alaska and What I Learned Along the Way," by Helen Hegener. Published in 2018 by Northern Light Media. $24.95 plus $5.00 for First Class postage.