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Tales of trouble on the Iditarod "Steps"

Casey Grove
Yvonne Dabakk of Oslo, Norway, descends Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Siberian huskies Fritz, left, and Ruby lead the rookie team of Lisbet Norris across a bridge over Tudor Road during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Anne Raup / Anchorage Daily News Scott Janssen keeps control of his sled rounding the corner near Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for Iditarod 42. It was warm and sunny for mushers, dogs and spectators on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Anne Raup
Anne Raup / Anchorage Daily News Allen Moore of Two Rivers, AK crosses over Northern Lights Boulevard during the ceremonial start for Iditarod 42 on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Anne Raup
Anne Raup / Anchorage Daily News Paul Gebhardt of Kasilof, AK takes a couple of hotdogs as he approaches the Tudor Road bridge. The ceremonial start for Iditarod 42 was warm and sunny on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Anne Raup
Anne Raup / Anchorage Daily News Karen Hendrickson, of Wasilla, AK reaches out for a hotdog during the ceremonial start for Iditarod 42.It was warm and sunny on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Anne Raup
Anne Raup / Anchorage Daily News Jim Lanier passes through the party near the Native hospital during the ceremonial start for Iditarod 42. It was a warm and sunny day Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Anne Raup
Anne Raup / Anchorage Daily News The second sled with JoarLeifseth Ulsom, of Norway, cruises by festive pink flamingos on the trail just east of University Lake. The ceremonial start for Iditarod 42 was warm and sunny on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Anne Raup
Anne Raup / Anchorage Daily News Ramey Smith of Willow, AK approaches the muffin checkpoint near Wesleyan Drive during the ceremonial start for Iditarod 42. The day was warm and sunny Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Anne Raup
Anne Raup / Anchorage Daily News Karen Ramstead drives her team past the muffin checkpoint and under the many flags. The ceremonial start for Iditarod 42 was warm and sunny on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Anne Raup
Anne Raup / Anchorage Daily News Stuffed dogs sit in a chair alongside the trail during the ceremonial start for Iditarod 42.The day was warm and sunny Saturday, March 1, 2014 for humans and dogs alike.
Anne Raup
The dogs of Peter Kaiser of Bethel cross a bridge on the Chester Creek Trail during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Richie Diehl of Aniak descends Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Rookie Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm, Minnesota, greets fans after descending Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Fans greet four-time champion Martin Buser of Big Lake on the Chester Creek Trail during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Cindy Gallea of Wykoff, Minnesota, is greeted along the Chester Creek Trail during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
John Dixon of Fairbanks is chased along the Chester Creek trail by Cindy Abbott of Irvine, Ca., during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway waves to fans along the Chester Creek trail during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Travis Beals of Seward cheers for a trailside videographer along Chester Creek during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
The dogs of Marcelle Fressineau of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, trot down the Chester Creek trail during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A dog in the team of Anna Berington of Kasilof is sprayed by slush kicked up by another dog during warm temperatures along Chester Creek during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Two-time and defending Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey, right, and his wife Janine prepare to leave 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Idita-Rider John Radtke is in the sled.
Bill Roth
Volunteer Russ Wilmot directs a dog team towards the starting line during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Iditarod veteran Jessie Royer of Darby, MT, tends to one of her dogs as mushers prepared to leave 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Jason Mackey of Wasilla eats a hot dog while crossing a bridge over Tudor Road during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Iditarod rookie Charlie Bejna drives his team towards the starting line for the first time during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Sled dogs in the team of Iditarod veteran John Dixon near the bridge over Tudor Road during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey interacts with fans gather at Campbell Airstrip during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Iditarod veteran Newton Marshall of St. Anne, Jamaica, has his picture taken with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Aliy Zirkle who finished second in the past two Iditarod's jogs up to the starting line for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Iditarod veteran Kelly Maixner of Big Lake holds his 8-month-old son Vendelin during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Veteran musher Hugh Neff of Tok, Alaska, gets his gangline ready prior to the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Christian Turner of Australia prepares to leave 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Christian Turner of Australia drives his dog team down 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Two-time Iditarod champion Robert Sorlie of Norway hits the trail during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
2013 Iditarod Rookie of the Year Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway prepares to cross Tudor Road during the Ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Iditarod rookie Tommy Jordbrudal of Norway prepares to leave 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Veteran DeeDee Jonrowe prepares to leave 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Veteran Iditarod musher Hugh Neff at the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Iditarod veteran DeeDee Jonrowe at Campbell Airstrip during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Iditarod veteran Scott Janssen crosses Campbell Airstrip during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Jeff King greets visiting fan Amanda White of Dexter, Maine during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Musher Gus Guenther of Clam Gulch responds to fans as he crosses East 15th Avenue at the top of Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
An old freight sled is pulled down the trail prior to the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Gus Guenther of Clam Gulch heads down the Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Lev Shvarts of Willow emerges from the Chester Creek Trail tunnel beneath the Seward Highway during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Paul Gebhardt of Kasilof emerges from the Chester Creek Trail tunnel beneath the Seward Highway during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Jake Berkowitz of Big Lake cruises the Chester Creek Trail tunnel beneath the Seward Highway during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Danny Seavey of Seward negotiates a turn at Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Katherine Keith of Kotzebue makes the turn at Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Crowds watch mushers on 4th Avenue. Sixty-nine mushers and their dog teams celebrated the start of the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by greeting fans and taking a ceremonial ride across Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Marc Lester
The dog team of Dan Kaduce of Chatanika heads down the Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Two-time champion Mitch Seavey of Seward heads down the Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Michael Williams, Jr. descends the Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
The dogs of musher Yvonne Dabakk of Oslo, Norway peek over the lip of the Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Newton Marshall of St. Anne, Jamaica acknowledges fans while descending the Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Fans greet Jamaican musher Newton Marshall at the bottom of the Cordova Street hill near East 16th Avenue during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Aliy Zirkle of Two Rivers greets fans at the top of Cordova Street Hill at East 15th Avenue during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
DeeDee Jonrowe drives her team down the Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Four-time winner Jeff King greets fans as he descends Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Scott Janssen of Anchorage, top, catches up to Allen Moore of Two Rivers on the Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Chris and Sabra Sturgis of Palmer prepare a sign for sons Samuel 9, and Sawyer, 5, as they watch the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, next to Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Rookie musher Christian Turner of Karratha, Western Australia, greets fans near Mulcahy Stadium during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Two-time champion Robert Sorlie of Hurdal, Norway greets fans near Mulcahy Stadium during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Matt Failor of Willow crosses the bridge to Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Hugh Neff of Tok crosses the bridge to Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
The brightly-shod dogs of Alex Buetow of Fairbanks cross the bridge to Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
The dogs of Canadian musher Karen Ramstead are decked out in appropriate colors as they cross the bridge to Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage. Ramstead hails from Perryvale, Alberta.
Erik Hill
The lead dogs of Ken Anderson of Fairbanks round a corner at Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
The dogs of Mike Ellis of Two Rivers trot the trail during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Wade Marrs of Wasilla winds up with a handful of snow while greeting fans at Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Tongues lolling, the dogs of Abbie West of Two Rivers belie the effects of warm weather during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Abbie West of Two Rivers leans over to greet fans at Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
The dogs of Sonny Lindner of Two Rivers enter the stretch of trail along Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Fans greet the end of the show as final musher Sonny Lindner of Two Rivers passes through Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bob Hallinen

PUNTILLA LAKE -- It's a thin margin that separates a musher's chances of having a good time on the descent from a bench above the Happy River to the valley below or having a harrowing, maybe painful experience.

Worst-case scenario: An injury or broken sled can knock a musher out of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The three steep ramps that make up the infamous drop to the river -- called the Steps -- is one of the most dangerous sections of the Iditarod Trail.

This year, concern over the Steps was heightened, with a hard and icy trail that made it difficult for mushers to slow down or brake even on flat ground. But whether the Steps, which come just before teams begin the climb over the Alaska Range, were a dream or a nightmare depended on the musher telling the tale.

If the musher made it without crashing, it was the best they'd ever seen the Steps, and they commended the trail grooming crew.

A wipeout meant it had been the worst.

"Made it!" shouted Kristy Berington, once she was safe on the flat ground. "Better than last year. They really did a good job on the third step."

Minutes later, Wade Marrs came by. "That was sweet!" he said. "Not too bad."

A while later came Scott Janssen, balancing as his sled bounced off a berm at the bottom of the third step. He pumped his fist and yelled, "Yeah!"

John Baker's sled rolled at the same spot, stopping his team before Baker righted it and kept going. Next was Ralph Johannessen, whose sled tipped toward the hillside, dragging him into it while he held on and yelled for his dogs to stop. He, too, was able to continue.

At the next checkpoint, Rainy Pass, other mushers nursed their wounds while Dallas Seavey prepared to take a nap. The Steps had been fine for him, the 2012 champ and six-time finisher said.

"About as good as I've ever seen 'em," Seavey said. "Somebody put a lot of work into those. It was a definite workout to get through it, but at least it was better than it would've been."

Asked if he crashed, defending champ Mitch Seavey -- Dallas' dad -- said simply, "I got up."

A crash created a setback for two-time champion Robert Sorlie, returning to the race after seven years. A trailer on the back of his sled fell off and he lost a cooler and feeding pans for his dogs. Some snowmachiners recovered the trailer on the second step, but they were not allowed to give it to Sorlie, because race rules prevent most forms of outside help.

Sorlie didn't know he lost the gear, said Mike Madden, race judge at Rainy Pass. He was allowed to buy a pot at Rainy Pass to replace the cooler, used for mixing dog food and hot water, and pans to put the food in because the items would have been available to any other musher, Madden said.

Race officials decided to fine Sorlie $100 for littering, Madden said.

Musher Rick Casillo hoped the snowmachiners who recovered Sorlie's trailer would be able to give him back his GoPro, which they also found.

"That was the worst the steps have ever been, that I've seen," said Casillo, who is in his fifth Iditarod. "You could've done the biggest Iditarod blooper reel of me."

"I dragged and I didn't let go. I hit my head on the ground, and it kind of whiplashed everything off," he said.

Other casualties included Jake Berkowitz, who said his sled got caught on the wrong side of a tree. The gangline snapped and most of his team kept running down the trail, detached, he said. Someone caught them, and Berkowitz was able to hook them back to the sled.

Jim Lanier, who at 73 is the oldest musher in the race, was also dragged when his sled tipped on a hill just before the Steps and the helmet he was wearing smacked a stump, he said. There was a scrape on the left side of his face.

"I crashed a few times," Lanier said. "I hurt my Achilles' tendon. It went 'pop.' "

Madden had a long, serious conversation with Lanier, who later said the race judge was telling him to think hard about whether he should continue.

The Dalzell Gorge after Rainy Pass was expected to be "extremely technical," Lanier said. From the air, the trail through the gorge in places looked as narrow as a single dog sled, with steep cliffs on the right side.

But Lanier is no stranger to pushing through injury in the Iditarod. He's broken his ankle, separated his shoulder and suffered frostbitten toes.

"I don't feel terrible," he said of his latest injury. "He didn't say I should scratch, but he said I should think about it."

Lanier wore a worried look. As the sun went behind the mountains around Puntilla Lake, he said he was still thinking.

Reach Casey Grove at cgrove@adn.com.

 

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