Tag Archives: All Alaska Sweepstakes

Leonhard Seppala

Leonhard Seppala, who would, like Scotty Allan, win three Sweepstakes championships, became a living legend in Alaska, and in his own autobiography, Seppala, Alaskan Dog Driver, written with Elizabeth Ricker, he described a harrowing event which took place during his first … Continue reading

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BLM Alaska Sled Dog History

An in-depth and interesting series of articles about the history of mushing in Alaska can be found at the BLM Alaska web site, including the article, From Babiche Webbing to Kevlar Runners—An Intro to Alaska Dog Mushing History. The emphasis is … Continue reading

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Along Alaskan Trails

Along Alaskan Trails, Adventures in Sled Dog History, by Helen Hegener, is a collection of true stories about Alaskan sled dogs and the role they played in the development of the north, with dozens of historic photos from the archives … Continue reading

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The All Alaska Sweepstakes

The colorful history and the enduring legacy of the All Alaska Sweepstakes, the oldest organized distance sled dog race in the world, includes records kept by the Nome Kennel Club dating back to the first race in 1908. The race route … Continue reading

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The First Iditarod

The First Iditarod: Mushers’ Tales from the 1973 Race, by Helen Hegener. The First Iditarod shares the history of the first running of The Last Great Race, and most of the book is comprised of the verbatim words of mushers … Continue reading

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2015 Alaska Book Week

Northern Light Media will be participating in Alaska Book Week again this year, with a book-signing at our favorite bookstore, Fireside Books in Palmer, on Saturday, October 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm! We’ll be focusing on our mushing books, … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Wild Bill Shannon

It had been a long evening’s presentation as the mushers, snowmachiners, support crews and others gathered in the Nenana community center listened intently. The trail boss, musher coordinator and others explained the final preparations and outlined their trip across the … Continue reading

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Long Hard Trails excerpt

An excerpt from the book, Long Hard Trails and Sled Dog Tales, by Helen Hegener, published by Northern Light Media. This chapter is about the 2008 centennial running of the All Alaska Sweepstakes race: We were surprised to learn that … Continue reading

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The Early Days of Mushing

“I spent almost the entire winter freighting with my dogs to the outlying creeks, and so was away from civilization most of the time. There was more money in it than in ordinary freighting to the mines, and the life … Continue reading

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Baldy of Nome

Scotty Allan’s Legendary Leader A chapter from Along Alaskan Trails, Adventures in Sled Dog History In Esther Birdsall Darling’s classic book, Baldy of Nome, a story is told of a driverless dog team in the 60-mile-long Solomon Derby, a race … Continue reading

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