Iditarod Alaska: Life of a Long Distance Sled Dog Musher

Iditarod Alaska: Life of a Long Distance Sled Dog Musher

by Burt Bomhoff

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In this behind the scenes, book, Bomhoff describes the mindsets and racing tactics of the long distance mushers, the grandeur of the Alaska wilderness along, sled dogs, and the near-life-threatening encounters, always just around the corner. The reader gets to experience the thrill and heartache of what it is like to live a lifelong dream in the wilderness of the Last Frontier.

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ISBN-13: 9781634528894
Publisher: Burt Bomhoff
Publication date: 07/16/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 414
Sales rank: 1,016,241
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Burt Bomhoff finished seven Iditarod Trail Sled Dog races. Known for his outstanding dog care, he was awarded the prestigious Leonard Seppala Award for best care of a competitive dog team during the 1984 race. He was first into the halfway point at Iditarod in 1985, breaking trail through a severe Alaska blizzard. Burt was also competitive in middle-distance racing and set a race record winning the 1988 Knik 200 Race in less than 24 hours. Burt served on Iditarod’s board of directors for many years and was responsible for building the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla while serving as board president during 1986. He was also president of the Iditarod Official Finishers Club from 1982 through the 1987 race. Burt Bomhoff has lived in Alaska for more than 50 years. He was a professional engineer, a professional land surveyor, a U.S. mineral surveyor and a commercial pilot. He is also an avid outdoorsman who has lived in bush Alaska as an Iditarod sled dog musher and a professional fishing guide. He has also held political office. In spite of encroaching civilization, Burt has managed to live all of his dreams but one. He has never mined for GOLD! If you ask him if he’s going to do it, Burt will say, “It’s not too late.”

Table of Contents

Book 1 Sled Dogs, Sourdoughs, and Life in the Bush

Chapter 1 Reflections in an Old Log Cabin 15

Chapter 2 Lloyd's Leaders 23

Chapter 3 Lost on the South Fork 53

Chapter 4 The Anvik River 77

Chapter 5 Trail Hazards 91

Chapter 6 Head Games 109

Chapter 7 A Dog Named Tiger 131

Chapter 8 Ghosts 149

Chapter 9 Moving to Petersville, 1984 173

Chapter 10 Forks Roadhouse Race, 1984 197

Chapter 11 Don's Iditarod 200, 1984 217

Chapter 12 Race to Finger Lake, 1985 235

Chapter 13 Finger Lake to Rohn Checkpoint, 1985 249

Chapter 14 Freight Train 267

Chapter 15 A Musher's Bond with His Dogs 281

Chapter 16 Cold on the Yukon River 287

Chapter 17 Blizzard out of Shaktoolik, Pinned on the Ice, 1985 293

Chapter 18 The Toughest Musher 323

Chapter 19 Mentors 333

Chapter 20 The Final Chapter? 345

A Musher s Prayer 354

Book 2 Iditarod Committee Service

Iditarod Official Finishers Club 357

Board of Directors 360

Building Iditarod Headquarters 362

HSUS Wars of the 1990s 366

Iditarod Organization 369

First Rookie Seminar 373

Rules Committee 375

Race Management 378

Along the Race Trail to Nome 381

Summary 387


Appendix A Editorial by Craig Medred, Anchorage Daily News, December 23, 1991; Susan Butcher's 1985 moose encounter 389

Appendix B Article by Bill Sherwonit, Anchorage Times, May 21,1985; Iditarod's concern for the dogs and rules to assure dog care 392

Appendix C Article by Bill Sherwonit, Anchorage Times, August 4, 1985; Rick Swenson's feelings over mismanagement of the 1985 race 396

Appendix D Article, Anchorage Daily News, March 14, 1985; Restart snafu penalizes some Iditarod mushers, helps others 399

Appendix E Article by Bill Sherwonit Anchorage Times, February 23, 1986 Iditarod chief wants race 'integrity' 402

Index 409

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