Interview (kind of) With Lance Mackey

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Interview (kind of) With Lance Mackey

Postby Moose » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:33 pm

As honest as the day is long. Even brutally so.

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Re: Interview (kind of) With Lance Mackey

Postby Breeze » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:56 pm

Lance needs these. Badly. In fact, Jenne should not let him leave home without them

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gotta love Lance, but Lance needs to love his hands.
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Re: Interview (kind of) With Lance Mackey

Postby fladogfan » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:37 pm

Thanks moose and Breeze. Very interesting. Grabbed this from the interview, shades of Jeff King.


"He also made alterations to his sled for the race.

Mackey said he’s planning to deploy what he calls a “covered-wagon sled.” He has a custom canvas top that will go over the back of his sled, zippered doors on both sides and a windshield. It also has a “sunroof” so he can stand up, he said. Inside, he’ll have two small heaters and he’s carrying a solar panel. The additions weigh about 15 pounds, he said."
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Re: Interview (kind of) With Lance Mackey

Postby Moose » Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:59 pm

Just looking at his hands makes my hands ache. Simply cannot imagine what he has to endure out in the kennel to care for his dogs, let alone run and care for them on the trail. Oooh, the pain.
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Re: Interview (kind of) With Lance Mackey

Postby fladogfan » Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:46 pm

I have Lance on my TTP just because I want him to finish.

His hands looked so sore :shock: I hope he makes it to Nome.
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Re: Interview (kind of) With Lance Mackey

Postby klmobile » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:41 am

We met one of Lances older sons last summer. He was working for Turning Heads Kennel at their Godwin Glacier mushing camp.
You take a little Helicopter ride up to the Glacier and get a chance to go mushing in a very small group, there were 5 of us.
At that time, He said Lance was having problems with his hands and wasn’t sure if he would run another long distant race or not.
Glad to see him back!
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Re: Interview (kind of) With Lance Mackey

Postby Moose » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:02 am

You're holding back on us, klmobile. Let's hear the story, please!
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Re: Interview (kind of) With Lance Mackey

Postby klmobile » Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:00 am

We decided to retire last spring and pull our Airstream Trailer to Alaska for 3 months.
It was incredible. After planning this trip for over 30 years, I was wondering if there would be a let down from all my expectations, but no, it was Spectacular.
The highlight was the Helicopter trip with Turning heads Kennel. Sarah Stokey picked us up at our RV Park and took us to the Seward airport. There you put on snow boots that fit over your shoes.
I wish I could remember the names of all the mushers and handlers that were helping us out. It’s about a 15 minute ride up to the glacier, you get to see all sorts of wildlife from the helicopter.
Once you land at the Temporary Glacier kennel there are more dogs than people! It’s such a small and informal group it was like hanging out with friends and family. There is a seat in front of the musher, and 2 places to stand behind the musher. Then there is a 2nd sled on a tow line. You eventually sit or stand in every position as you change spots each time you stop. The sled on the tow line is defiantly real mushing, as everyone of us fell off at least once, That’s when Braxton Peterson, who Lance considers as one of his sons, would say, “Now you’re a Musher.
We also got to hang out with Raymie Reddington and his wife Barbra at the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla.
Raymie gives sled dog rides right out front of the Museum.
They were in between tour busses and had some time to share a few stories, we talked about Susan and her family, we had just visited their Kennel outside Fairbanks, Barbra told us the story when they were on the TV show Alaska State troopers.
Some one had stolen a few of Joe Sr’s old sleds…but the thieves put them on Craig’s list and were caught. I mentioned I was disappointed that Martin Buser’s Kennel was closed while we were in town and Barbra wrote down his phone number and said, call him, he would love to have you come by. I didn’t do it.
And we also got to see Hobo Jim in Homer. I’ll try to post that video on facebook.
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Re: Interview (kind of) With Lance Mackey

Postby Another UK Fan » Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:00 pm

kl that's amazing! Thanks for letting us in on the adventure. :D
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Re: Interview (kind of) With Lance Mackey

Postby Another UK Fan » Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:05 pm

And just checked the standings and gps - Lance (bib 44) is resting in Finger Lake in position 27 with a very respectable average speed of 8.14mph. Wow.
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