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After some quick instruction from Michael Sullivan, Gazette reporter Stephanie Earls heads out with her dog team of four near Leadville. Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette.
After some quick instruction from Michael Sullivan, Gazette reporter Stephanie Earls heads out with her dog team of four near Leadville. Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette. - South Fork, CO
Born to run: ‘It’s in their DNA,’ veteran Colorado musher says of sled dogs

There is no “neutral” gear on a dog sled.

If you forget to plant the big hook anchors or stand on the claw brake — and your muscles aren’t crimped in place, ready for launch — you’re liable to end up a musher on her tush in the slush, with a team bird-dogging for wild, white yonder.

It happened to a friend of Michael Sullivan’s in early January, and they spent a panicky four hours in the frigid San Juan backcountry before the dogs were found, about 15 miles from where they’d gone rogue. an out-and-back 18-mile mid-distance run on the Pine Creek Rail Trail near Wellsboro.

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