2013 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race

27 Feb
A dog team rests at Braeburn Checkpoint.

A dog team rests at Braeburn Checkpoint.

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to work as alongside my friend Alistair Maitland as the official photo team for the 30th running of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. The race is a long one: 1,000 miles (1,600 kms) that crosses some of the harshest terrain in Alaska and Yukon. To those not very familiar with mushing, you may have heard of the more well-known Iditarod Sled Dog race? Yeah, well, this is the difficult one.

Sometimes called “the toughest sled dog race in the world”, the trail follows the Yukon River between Whitehorse and Fairbanks, alternating directions each year (Fairbanks to Whitehorse in even years). Mushers travel day and night, from checkpoint to checkpoint, over mountains, through overflow, across streams and sometimes surrounded by caribou. When one musher was asked why she did what she does, her answer was simple: “To get away from you people!”, a musher’s way of saying, “to be one with nature.”

For nearly 3 weeks I traveled with the awesome PR team at Outside the Cube based in Whitehorse and helped capture the event as it unfolded. Thanks to all the good people I worked with and met along the trail. I made some great new friends and it was awesome to be part of The Quest Family. I’m not going to post many mushing photos here, but more behind-the-scenes of the places and people that were part of the Yukon Quest. Enjoy!

To see more photos and get updates, visit: www.facebook.com/YukonQuest and www.yukonquest.com.

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11 Responses to “2013 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race”

  1. Yvonne Harper February 27, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    Looks like a tough land….needs tough dogs with tough people…

  2. colleen sawatzky February 27, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    awesome pictures, thanks for taking them and sharing with the world.

  3. Laura D'Ambrosio February 27, 2013 at 3:04 am #

    I’ve seen many of these photos on the Yukon Quest site and FB page – beautiful work. Thanks for allowing us a window into the race – the Yukon, the dogs and the people.

    • Rose Jajcaj February 27, 2013 at 4:47 am #

      Thank you for sharing your beauitful pictures

  4. Janice Cathcart February 27, 2013 at 4:23 am #

    appreciate you sharing more of your photos … it was enthralling to monitor daily the progress of the mushers and their teams … the photographers sharing images allowed us to feel a part of the emotional connection to the Yukon Quest this year!

  5. Anki Ødegaard February 27, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    I love your pictures. I admit I have borrowed some of them as I updated from YQ on my website (Norwegian) – of course with your byline. Thanks a lot for sharing!

    Best wishes from Norway.
    Anki/www.sjekkpunktet.no

  6. Sui Kings February 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    Wouh Pat well Done Pretty nice Pictures !!!

  7. Gilles Amyot February 27, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    Some really good photos of animals as well of humans

  8. Judie Wolfe February 28, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing.

  9. judeconning March 1, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    Stunning photos Pat and a slightly different perspective. Met you in Dawson City – I’m the one from Australia. Just want to come back next year and follow and photograph the whole race – just such an amazing event and awesome people!

  10. Helen Hegener March 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    I loved your photographs during the race, and I love that you’ve gathered them here in this very unique collection. People often ask me why I prefer the Yukon Quest to that other race… I think the best reply now will be to simply share this post so they can scroll through these photos of the incredible places, the familiar faces, the harsh realities and the subtle beauties you’ve captured so well. Thank you again.

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