a hill with a view

Late September. Yellow leaves still clinging to trees. 
Same spot, team reversed. In exactly one month, this is what we should see. Hopefully with more snow.  See the full moon!?


quake + frosty morning

BIG earthquake at the kennel this morning -- 6.2 -- felt like Mother Nature was shaking me out of bed to get up and go enjoy this beautiful frosty day! Went out to check on the dogs, who let loose a loonng howl after the quake but otherwise seemed none too perturbed, then had coffee, then an interview w a washington dc news channel (yes, more below), then ran dogs!

FALL TRAINING is going well. It has been unseasonably warm this month (maybe the new normal?) and our milage has been restricted by the heat. This past week we have enjoyed some frosty nights and morning and the dogs have been able to run more miles more comfortably. We hope to be running comfortably at 10 miles by the end of the month.  

I have nineteen dogs in my training pool. Three are new additions, transfers from Mom & Dad's kennel to mine: Georgie, Lillian, and Vixen. The training pool will jump up to twenty when Pete comes back (he is a horrible rock eater and lives on a special plywood platform at my parent's kennel until snowfall), and there may yet be a few dropped off the Rondy team onto the distance team as the season progresses. 

cooler temps are letting us increase our milages :) Ruby & Vader in lead. 

brothers Papas & Pelle
Patient lead dogs, munching some delicious grass while they wait to be unharnessed. 
sweet Lillian, sister to sweet little Linnea (pictured here with Victor).
Georgie, named after George Attla, who chose her as pick of the litter when she was 8 weeks old :)
Fezzik blinking behind her.
Puppy kisses. Bike, 15 months old. 
Finally enjoying some autumn nights crisp enough
to form a skim of ice in the buckets ! 

This morning, after the quake, as I was sitting down with a cup of coffee, I was contacted by a Facebook friend, Mark H, who works at the ABC news station in Washington D.C. He had heard about the morning's earthquake (which had its epicenter just 60 miles northwest of Willow) & reached out to me for comment. Aside from a looonnng howl from the dogs after the fact, my earthquake experience was (luckily) pretty nondescript. If you would like to hear the interview, it is available here:  http://bcove.me/th776k8b  I thought it was pretty fun to be on live TV, and thought they did a good job scrapping together information about me and Alaska's history of earthquakes in the hour or so from when Mark reached out to when they interviewed me. One thing that is clear from the interview is, as is common with folks from the lower 48, their lack of perspective of the size of our state. They presented a map on which they pinpointed the location of the earthquake (60 miles from Willow, remember) just under the Yukon River. That is closer to 400 miles away :) Ah well.



I am very pleased & excited to announce a new partnership for the 2014-2015 Race Season between Team Anadyr and a longstanding member of the Alaskan business community: 3M of Alaska.

3M has long been a supporter of Iditarod. It is 3M reflective material wrapped on the tens of thousands of Iditarod trail stakes, allowing us to see the trail regardless of weather conditions or daylight.

Now they have focused their involvement in the Alaskan mushing community by partnering with Anadyr Siberians.

Team Anadyr's newest partner in our journey towards Iditarod 2015 is a globally innovative company whose recognizable brand is associated world-wide with quality and ingenuity. 3M is supportive of local communities and environmental sustainability, two factors that are extremely important to me. 

A leading force in the world market, 3M produces thousands of innovative & helpful products -- many of which I use to help get me down the trail in a safe and productive manner. Traveling by dog team safely & productively translates to efficiency, which ultimately, leads to success!

Last year, 3M kept me from losing my team in a whiteout, kept my gear and equipment safe, kept my dog food protected from the Alaskan wilderness, & helped heal my dogs on the go.  Stay tuned... I'll elaborate how in upcoming highlights of 3M products that I have found invaluable to my mushing success.

We are very excited about this partnership... Thank you for your support 3M, and again, welcome to the team !!

The Alaska branch recently hosted me in their branch office to celebrate the kick-off of our partnership for the 2014-2015 Race Season.
To learn more about global innovation & 3M, check out their website:  www.3m.com
To read about 3M's vision of sustainability visit: www.3M.com/sustainability 


checkpoint sponsor: Nikolai

Approaching the village of Nikolai during the 2014 Iditarod.

Big thanks to Jan Tharp, a.k.a. Daisy, who is sponsoring the 2015 Checkpoint of Nikolai!  I met Daisy and her friend Ken when they visited Anchorage last March for the ceremonial start. They took some fantastic photos of the team and I!

Nikolai is the first community the mushers encounter in the race since leaving Willow three hundred miles back. The village feels like a haven after enduring the rigors of the trail out of Rainy Pass and Rohn. The people are welcoming and friendly and we felt very well taken care of there.

We are looking forward to seeing the people of Nikolai again this March & it will feel extra sweet to arrive knowing that Daisy will be cheering our arrival from her home in Minnesota!

All photos except the top one by Daisy's friend Ken ! 

Daisy & Lisbet in Anchorage at the 2014
Iditarod Ceremonial Start.
Lisbet & Daisy in Willow, Fall of 2014.

Anja communing with Fritz & Ruby at the Ceremonial Start. 

Getting ready to walk up to the start line in Anchorage. 
There are still 20 checkpoints in the 2015 race available for sponsorship! Your donation will help us fill our drop bags with quality kibble and meat snacks for the dogs, handwarmers and meals for the musher, and defray shipping costs to the checkpoints!

Checkpoint sponsors will recieve a signed 5 x 7 picture from the race and an official certificate of sponsorship, signed by Lisbet & lead dog Ruby.

Check out the Team Anadyr Store for available checkpoints and sponsorship perks !  Thank you for your help in getting the team down the trail !   


2015 Iditarod Fundraising Print

The 2015 Team Anadyr Iditarod Fundraising Print has arrived!  Beautifully executed by renowned Alaskan wildlife artist David Totten, this exclusive print is now available for your collection!  There are only 17 of these exclusive Artist Proof prints available, out of a run of 20.  They are priced at $200 each.* Prints can be framed upon request, contact me for pricing.

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Renowned Alaskan wildlife artist, David Totten. 

*does not include shipping.