Note from Mushing Magazine: Pat Moore of Yukon Men is very active in the interior-Alaska sprint mushing circuit. He has been cited by many as the largest force behind the Tanana Spring Carnival that features several sled dog races (including the open championships 2-day 16 mile event). We had the chance to go out to Tanana for the Carnival and it was an exceptional event- I’m sure we will be back!Tonight fun in the Frozen North continues on Discovery Channel, with an all-new episode of YUKON MEN.Many areas of the U.S. experience problems with bears, especially black bears. It is not unusual for bears to be found to be wreaking havoc on trash cans in many rural areas, or tearing into backyard compost piles to see what treats may be awaiting on the inside. Those are definitely scary–and potentially dangerous–problems. But, according to BearSmart.com, bears are predictable, and understanding that fact can help humans when they encounter them. Tonight, however, Charlie and Bob will be dealing with a grizzly that most of us would rather avoid.According to Discovery Channel, on all-new YUKON MEN episode “Tanana’s Test”:Stan and Pat race to prepare Tanana to be a checkpoint for the Iditarod dog sled race. Charlie and Bob hunt a grizzly that has been terrorizing a miner’s camp. Joe trains his new dog, hoping to turn him into a hunting partner.For more information on bear behavior and other facts, check out the BearSmart.com website.As viewers have seen, sled dogs are very important for the residents of Tanana, both for transportation and as an income. Last week, the Moores were racing their sled dogs in an effort to boost sales at their kennel. Nations was taking his first turn at the helm, racing the dogs in not ideal conditions. The Moores’ long-hair dogs are great for the typically cold weather in Alaska, but the recent warm weather was a problem on race day, with the dogs overheating. However, Nations did push through, and ultimately the Moores’ dogs made a pretty good showing; we hope that they got the boost they needed from the event.This week, Tanana will be getting ready for the Iditarod. What is the Iditarod? According to Iditarod.com:A race covering 1000 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams. Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire, a race only possible in Alaska.And, where is it run?From Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast.Stay tuned.YUKON MEN airs on Discovery Channel on Tuesday nights at 9/8c.
Lost Sports of the Winter Olympics: The fast and furry world of sled dog racing