Jeff King

Cold forced King to Scratch out of concern for dogs

Feb 12, 2015
Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

  Dawson City, YK - Jeff King won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race back in 1989.  He is also well-known on the Iditarod trail, having won Alaska’s other 1000 mile sled dog race four times.  This year, he returned to the Quest, but decided to scratch from the race after only 300 miles.

This year, Jeff King signed up for both of Alaska’s 1000-mile sled dog races.  Over the year’s he says he’s seen other dog teams improve after their first 1000-miler.  “This one wasn’t going to make them stronger, this one was going to need recovery,” he said.

Yukon Quest trail puts sleds to the test

Feb 9, 2015
Emily Schwing / KUAC

  Pelly Crossing, YK - On the Yukon Quest Trail, there are a few things mushers have to be especially picky about including a sturdy sled.  Jumble ice near McCabe Creek, half way to Pelly Crossing, is testing sled engineering this year.

When he’s not running dogs, musher Cody Strathe builds dog sleds for a living. “I built the same sled I built for about ten people this year, but it’s a nice sled and it was originally my design for myself,” he said.

 

Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

Carmacks, YK - Yukon Quest mushers continue to battle subzero temperatures, but the race is heating up as teams complete the first of four mandatory layovers.  Mushers are trying to decide if they should rest their dogs early or keep moving and try to claim an early lead.

Perhaps it was no surprise Tok musher Hugh Neff arrived in Carmacks ahead of his competitors. In recent years, Neff has pushed his team early. “I just like to be out on the trail by myself, I don’t want to be around hoard of other people,” said Neff.

Fairbanks, AK - Of he 26 mushers signed up to race dog teams in this year’s Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race, 10 are rookies. They might be new to the race, but a few trained dog teams with a handful of well-known and champion long-distance mushers.

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  Fairbanks, AK - Champion distance musher Jeff King of Denali plans to return to the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race next February.  It’s been a quarter century since he’s run that race.  in 2015, he’ll face a three-time defending champion, a rule change regarding rest times and mandatory stops and number of young, upcoming mushers. 

It’s been 25 year’s since Jeff King has driven a dog team on the 1000 mile trail between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. King announced via Facebook he plans to make a comeback in February. 

 

White Mountain, AK - The first few Iditarod teams are into White Mountain.  They will rest for a mandatory eight hours before the move on through Safety and into Nome where they will cross the finish line.

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Ruby, AK - Some mushers are still trying to hold dog teams back despite the fast Yukon River miles ahead.  The most experienced mushers know the river miles can be fast, but there’s still a tough run up the Bering Sea Coast ahead.

Four-time Champion Jeff King has run the Iditarod 23 times.  He knows exactly what it means when teams reach the Yukon River. “Well, it will be a chance to really evaluate team speed,” he says.

Takotna, AK - Iditarod teams remain large.  Most mushers are still running teams of 14 or more dogs. Mushers are surprised at how many dogs fared well through some of the roughest trail they’ve seen in the race’s history.

Emily Schwing / KUAC

Willow, AK - The 42nd annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race is underway. Dog teams left Willow Sunday.  They’re making their way toward the Alaska Range, where the trail is reportedly extremely rough. Even the most experienced veterans have concerns about what they mid find on their way through the mountains.

Many mushers have their sights set on the checkpoint in Nikolai, including four-time champion, Jeff King. “If you wipe out your sled or a key dog or sprain your leg, it’s going to happen today or tomorrow," says King.

Winter Bear

Jan 10, 2014

Grizzly and track sightings have raised concern in the Denali Park area. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, local resident, 4 Iditarod Champion Jeff King spotted blood and bear tracks on a trail while training dogs Wednesday.