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