Altitude Training in Wyoming

Gerry and the team have been in Wyoming for more than a week now, acclimating to the new environment — and especially the new altitude! We’ve never run dogs this far south and this high up, so the numbers we’re seeing on the old Garmin look pretty funny to a team accustomed to running much closer to sea level and the Arctic Circle.

Garmin numbers - training in Wyoming

The team is staying at 8,000 feet, but training at altitudes of up to 9,700 — very different from the sea-level Iditarod Trail.

Here's the dog rig parked in downtown Dubois, Wyoming — elevation 6,940 ft.
Here’s the dog rig parked in downtown Dubois, Wyoming — elevation 6,940 ft.

There has been plenty of snow in the mountains of Wyoming, but little down in the valley. At this point, 17 dogs are still in the running for the Eukanuba Stage Stop race team; 16 will go in the race.

 

Elevation or no — you know these dogs are always ready to hit the trail.
Elevation or no — you know these dogs are always ready to hit the trail.

The race starts in just a few days, on January 29. You can follow the action at wyomingstagestop.org.

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Until then, we’ll be training with some breaks to enjoy the trip. Today, we’re enjoying a day of chillin’ and great Wyoming hospitality, courtesy of Billy Snodgrass.

Gerry Willomitzer dog truck - time off in Wyoming with Billy Snodgrass


One thought on “Altitude Training in Wyoming

  1. It took me a year to adjust to 7500 when I moved to NM years ago. I would go skiing and be sick to my stomach every time on the 2nd run up the mountain! Good luck!

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