Pursue a life of self-sufficiency and travel across Alaska or other frozen landscapes. As you build skills, confidence, and experience you may choose to focus your efforts into raising a competitive dog kennel for long-distance or sprint racing.
First job: Dog handler or whatever you can do to support your extended time in the outdoors with dogs.
- 2000 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Champion
- 3-time second place winner in the Iditarod
- 2-time recipient of the Leonhard Seppala Humintarian Award for exemplary dog care
Must Read: Aliy Zirkle: The Trail Less Traveled
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by George Attla
Published in 1972, it remains the sled dog bible, but for a hefty price tag of $85.95
by Julie Collins and Milki Collins
An excellent resource for new mushers, published in 2013. This book was intended as a manual and as such it covers a wide spectrum of topics to educate the would-be serious musher on their journey.
by Joe Runyan
For the musher ready to take their kennel to the competitive level or for anyone looking for inspiration, this book by former Iditarod Champion, Joe Runyan, is chock full of valuable information.
by Randy Acker
by John Balzar
This novel documents the 1998 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Balzar takes the reader on a compelling journey that puts them in the minds of the racers and paints a picture of competition in the frozen north.
Bonus: the documented race happened to be Professional Nomad Aliy Zirkle’s rookie race.
by Ted Wood
Relates the story of a 15-year old boy and his dogs as they prepare for and run the 158-mile junior Iditarod Race
For Li’l Ones
by Joan Jackson, illustrated by Robert Ferrin Gilmore
An uplifting, true story of Elim, a four-month Alaskan husky that joins champion musher Jeff King’s team and learns about hard work, goal setting, and determination.