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    Default How do snow drifts affect a run

    Snow drifts seem to be light and powdrery and I would assume a common occourance on the trail. Do they affect the dogs. I'm sure they bounce the sled a bit, but how does the team react? They undoubtedly won't lose the trail, but how will they react to the changes?

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    Depends on how big they are. Mostly up here in Fairbanks we don't have drifts as we don't have the wind to blow the snow into drifts. The few small ones we have, they just go through, perhaps it slows them down a bit. Unless they are hardened over, the sled just goes through them.
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    Oh yea, sometimes on the big races (Yukon Quest and Iditarod) as well as others such as the GinGin this weekend, the trail will get covered in snow and wiped out. There are trail markers on each side of the trail that you can follow but they are sometimes pretty far apart and you can't see them in a blizzard anyways lol. The dogs follow previous teams or know where to go due to being there before, or sometimes just take the path of least resistance, which is usually the same place the trail goes.
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    How many sets of booties will you use during during a 100 mile run? In the book Winterdance it seems like you need a ton of them. He wanted to start the Iditarod with 600 pair, but then realized that he would need 1,200 so made more.

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    On well conditioned dogs, on our trails, normally none. If we have a lot of overflow or a dog looks like his feet are sore, we will put them on. But 100 miles is a lot different then 1000 miles on dog feet. Plus, on the Iditarod, they are running on a lot of river ice which can be brutal.
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