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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. 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. 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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