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
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.
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.