Why the Bear Necessities?

Welcome! If you have found your way to this blog, it means that you want a little insight into the life of a dog musher, life in Alaska, or are curious what it takes for a rookie to run the Iditarod.

I will be using this blog to share:

1. Stories from the trail

2. Race Preparation

3. Race Reports

4. Sled runner musings

Bear, Quinn, and I skijoring in the White Mountains. April 2018.

So, where does the name, the Bear Necessities come from?

Bear is the name of my Alaskan husky. I adopted her from the first dog musher I worked for and she has been my doggy companion for the last 3 years. She has gone on a massive road trip around the state of Alaska with me. She pulled me through the White Mountains of Alaska on an 80-mile skijoring trip last spring. Most importantly she has shared the last 5 summers living on a glacier, a fairly harsh environment, keeping me sane. Bear has become an essential companion for my happiness. Thus, the name is born. It also helps the name comes with a catchy tune.

Backpacking in Denali National Park. September 2018.

Another aspect of the name comes from my first passionate outdoor hobby: light weight backpacking. The goal is to only take the bare necessities for survival. I thrive in the environment of traveling through incredible landscapes with my own two feet propelling me and only what I absolutely need carried on my back. Nowadays, this has taken more the form of everything I need to survive plus all that 12 huskies need, crammed into a sled which is then pulled by said huskies through frozen, snowy landscapes.

I hope you will follow along this winter with my team and I’s journey to Iditarod. I will be trying to post something at least twice a month, so check back frequently to see the latest.

Happy trails!


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