Identical twins Miki and Julie Collins trap, hunt, fish, and garden in Alaska’s wilderness just north of Denali National Park in Alaska’s vast interior. Their closest companions are loyal sled dogs and Icelandic horses, which eat fish and can withstand northern extremes. Whether taking a 1,900-mile excursion around Alaska by dog sled, defending their huskies…

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Over beer and hamburgers at the Two Rivers Lodge near Fairbanks, Alaska, a small group of mushers conceived a gutsy idea for a new sled dog race that would be more challenging than any other marathon race in the Far North. In 1984, mushers organized the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race between Fairbanks and…

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For sheer excitement and adventure, few novels match the true-life story of James Huntington. The son of a white trapper and Indian mother, Huntington learned early to fight for survival in Alaska’s remote Kuskokwim region, where life was hard. Huntington’s mother once walked 1,000 miles in the dead of winter to return to her family.…

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Meet rugged, independent, determined, and hard-working Joe Redington, Father of the Iditarod (302 pages), a man who found his destiny in Alaska. In an inspirational biography, Lew Freedman chronicles Redington’s birth on the Chisholm Trail and his boyhood in the Depression–homeless, motherless, roaming the country looking for work. Alaska was his rebirth in 1948. On…

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Blinding blizzards. Freezing wind. Paralyzing cold temperatures. Iditarod Classics by Lew Freedman (136 pages) is the stunning record of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; a race across the nation’s most forbidding, demanding, and dangerous territory. Competitors must be resourceful, rugged, and resilient. Often they must make life and death choices. These are the…

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