Eagle, AK - It doesn’t necessarily take a whole lot of experience to drive a dog team, but in the Yukon Quest, it certainly helps. Mushers are at a point in the race where they’re learning whether they have what it takes to keep their dogs healthy. Some of them are also learning from their mistakes.
Good mushers are always learning, that’s according to John Schandelmeier. “Yeah, every time you hook up a dog team you learn something," says Schandelmeier. "It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve hooked them up, you learned something.”