This Wednesday, enjoy a Twitter thread of multiple short videos from Blair Braverman, a writer and musher from Wisconsin. She competed in this year’s Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race, a 210-mile international dog sled race that runs from Dawson City, Yukon, to Eagle, Alaska, and back. The race is a qualifier for both the Iditarod and Yukon Quest.
Also known as “The Percy,” the race follows the Yukon River along the historic mail route of legendary mail carrier Percy DeWolfe, which includes passing many glaciers along the way. This race prepares Braverman for the famous Iditarod, a 1,000-mile dogsled race across Alaska. According to the Percy’s official race website, “Temperatures during the race can vary from -40C to +10C. Depending on conditions, the leaders normally run the race in about 24 hours, excluding mandatory layover time. Mushers take a mandatory six-hour layover in Eagle, plus an additional 2 hours in either Fortymile or Eagle.”
Below is Braverman’s account of her race.
The main tricky part on the run to Fortymile was where a glacier spread onto the frozen river. The ice was slick, so the dogs couldn't get traction, and the sled was sliding downhill toward some nasty-looking ice. I crawled to the front of the team and put Jenga in single lead. pic.twitter.com/3w32zPyFey
— Blair Braverman (@BlairBraverman) March 24, 2018