dog mushing

Spring Mushing Fun

Mar 25, 2021
Hugh Neff

Abundant late season snow in the Interior is extending winter recreation opportunities. A dog mushing event happening Friday offers an easy-going experience for mushers and teams of all abilities. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

02-17-21 Summit Quest Wrap Up

Feb 17, 2021
Lex Treinen

The 2021 Summit Quest 300 sled dog race eneded Tuesday in Central. KUAC's Dan Bross and trail reporter Lex Treinen have a race update.


Kaduce Wins Summit Quest

Feb 16, 2021
Lex Treinen


02-15-21 Summit Quest Update

Feb 15, 2021
Lex Treinen

Three mushers are running close together at the front of the Summit Quest 300 sled dog race. Dan Kaduce, Hugh Neff and Deke Naaktgeboren were at the Circle checkpoint this morning (Mon) completing mandatory rest before they could hit the trail back toward Central, where the race will finish. The competition among the top mushers began to play out yesterday (Sun) as they climbed over the trail’s highpoints: Rosebud and Eagle Summits. KUAC’s Lex Treinen reports.


Summits Define Quest Trail and Strategies

Feb 14, 2021
Lex Treinen / KUAC

Overnight, leading mushers made the climb over 3,600-foot Rosebud Summit, positioning themselves for the even bigger challenge: Eagle Summit. Morning hours are typically the best time to make the steady climb and precipitous descent of the often wind-scoured peak. Lead teams rested up at the Steese Highway Mile 101 checkpoint, prior to making the trek over the mountain, which tops out at nearly 3,700 feet. Two-time former Quest champion Hugh Neff of Fairbanks, and past front runner Dan Kaduce of Chatanika were among several mushers in the early lead this morning, as things begin to shake out after yesterday’s start saw 18 teams hit the trail in Two Rivers. Summit Quest 300 rules require rest at checkpoints, and as Lex Treinen reports, that already played into race tactics on day one.


Summit Quest 300 Preview

Feb 12, 2021
Lex Treinen / KUAC

There’s no 1,000 mile Yukon Quest race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse this year. That’s of course due to pandemic Alaska-Yukon border crossing restrictions. But race organizers on the Alaska side are putting on the shorter Quest 300, which usually happens outside of the spotlight, but this year, it’s the main event.

Re-branded the Summit Quest 300, the race route runs from Two Rivers over Rosebud and Eagle Summits to Central and Circle, before turning back and finishing in Central. The 300 miler has drawn a field that includes two-time 1,000- mile champion Hugh Neff, a few other veterans, and a lot of rookies looking to gain experience. As Lex Treinen reports, race organizers are making the event happen despite tough financial times and mushers are excited to run it.


Low Key Start Planned for Summit Quest

Feb 11, 2021
Lex Treinen

The Summit Quest 300 sled dog race is set to start Saturday, but it will be going off quietly without the usual downtown Fairbanks fanfare. KUAC Quest reporter Lex Treinen explains.


Yukon Quest

Two-time Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race champion Hugh Neff of Tok has signed up to compete in the only Quest race happening next year: the 300 mile version. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, it will be Neff’s first time racing on the Quest trail since being banned for a year in 2018.


Wild and Free Mushing

Three-time Yukon Quest Champion, Brent Sass is playing it safe at his remote kennel near Eureka. He won the Quest in 2015, 2019 and 2020, and says the remote location northwest of Fairbanks, is providing a haven from the pandemic. 

He says this is the year to help build up the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.


ONAC ADMA

For the first time in its long history, the Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race has been cancelled. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the Fairbanks event was foiled by the coronavirus caused closure of the US Canada border.

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