After some quick instruction from Michael Sullivan, Gazette reporter Stephanie Earls heads out with her dog team of four near Leadville. JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE - https://gazette.com/thetribune/born-to-run-it-s-in-their-dna-veteran-colorado/article_86b08a8a-5275-11ea-9e52-0bc18ff4d138.html
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.
When errors happen on a dog sled, they’re often of the human variety.
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