In this episode of Indie Alaska, winter weather won't stop Ellie Mitchell from hitting the road (or the trail) on her fat bike. She picked up cycling from her dad, and now she regularly competes against him and other cyclists in the Anchorage winter racing circuit.
This is the third season in Antarctica for Rosemary McGuire of Haines, and she's become something of a Ms. Fix-It -- one day patching the Zodiac’s rubber skin, the next maintaining motors and electronics, the next piloting scientists to locations where they're studying penguins and whales out to collect data. Few scientists know much about driving the boats, so she's particularly valuable.
Mushers need their hands, often bare, to do things like fix their sleds, change runner plastics, unhook brass clips, massage dogs' tired muscles or work ointment deep into the crevices of their dogs’ feet. Those tasks require nimble fingers, often fingers that have to be exposed to extreme cold temperatures.
Defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Dallas Seavey clung to his lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday as soft, punchy snow on the trail across Norton Bay slowed what had been a blistering run toward Nome.