Encyclopedia of Mushing

Tugline

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

The tugline is the part of the gangline is the rope that connects the dog’s harness to the towline or centerline.

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Towline

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

The towline is the part of the ganline setup that runs down the middle of the dogs. It is usually made of polyethylene or cable (for larger teams). This section of the gangline is also referred to as the centerline. See also centerline.

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Rick Swenson

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

Rick Swenson has won the Iditarod more than any other racer in history. He has one it five times; 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, and 1991. He moved to Alaska in 1973 to the town of Eureka, then moved to Two Rivers. As of now he has 3 children and still currently, the year 2006, is [...]

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Steady

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

A word that some mushers use to slow their team down.

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Snowhook

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

A snowhook is a claw like hook usually made of aluminum used for securing a dog sled team in the snow.

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Sledge

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

A large sled used for transporting goods and equipment across ice and snow.

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Sled Dog

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

A sled dog is a dog trained to pull a sled or wheeled vehicle over snow, ice, and even dryland via the use of harnesses and lines. There are several breeds that make up the majority of today’s sled dog population. Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Huskies, Eurohounds, and Alaskan Malamutes. Each breed differs in its capabilities [...]

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Siberian Husky

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

The Siberian Husky is a breed of dog originally developed by the Chukchi people of Siberia. They were used to pull sledges, guard families, and herd the local reindeer populations. The Siberian Husky is a medium sized dog that has been the choice sled dog of many mushers for centuries.

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Joe Redington Sr.

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

Known as the “Father of the Iditarod,” Joe Redington Sr was a huge part of making sled dog racing a bigger sport. Along with Dorothy Page he developed the Iditarod, which still is the most well known dog sled race of today.

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Mitten

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

A glove that allows your four fingers to be enclosed together, and your thumb enclosed by itself. This allows you to have some dexterity, but also allow you to keep your fingers warmer by having them sit next to each other.

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Mackenzie River Husky

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

The Mackenzie River Husky refers to populations of sled dogs developed in northern communities. Donna Perry produces the most known dogs of this type of dog which isn’t considered a breed.

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Lead Dog

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

The dog(s) at the front of the dog team that is responsible for taking (or ignoring) commands to keep the team going in the desired direction. Usually credited with being the “smart” dog of the team, it has been found that you actually want the most obedient dog out front. A smart dog can make [...]

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Jeff King

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

Being one of the top competitors in the world of long distance sled dog racing, Jeff King has won both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod as of the year 2006. He has four Iditarod championships under his belt, and one Yukon Quest win. He is also well known for being a great inventor of [...]

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Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is refered to as the “Last Great Race” or the “Iditarod”. The race is run on the Iditarod Trail and teams cover more than 1,000 miles of Alaskan terrain to reach the small northern town of Nome. Mushers brave high winds, freezing temperatures, and barren tundra plains.

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Husky

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

All northern breed dogs. Usually displays a heavy coat.

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Hike

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

The command used by most mushers to get the team moving.

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Haw

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

This is the command used by most mushers to make the lead dog(s) turn the team left.

Harness

by Sleddoggin Staff April 23, 2011

A piece of equipment worn on a dog to transfer the energy of pulling from the dog, to the item being pulled. Usually made from webbing as the main arrangement of straps, and fleece or neoprene as padding in the “high pressure” areas on the dog.

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