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Troy Szczurkowski
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Pet monkey turns into goat - Pinnacle Sports climbing course day 1 of 8
I'm a firm believer in competency based training. Sure, self taught techniques have their place too, but some disciplines are more enjoyable, confidence building and safer with proper tuition. The pet monkey (like most outdoor kids) has always had a penchan...

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Iditarod Trail Invitational 2016 reference - Kaltag to Nome
Time for a change in scenery. You will now be off the Yukon and onto the portage to Unalakleet. You may start to encounter some dog teams now, as well as the associated traffic circus that accompanies it on the trail. Dallas Seavey Once out of town you've g...

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Iditarod Trail Invitational 2016 reference - McGrath to Kaltag
Leaving the comforts of McGrath behind, racers have a stretch of river and a few short climbs until Takotna, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. A few short climbs before Takotna Takotna is a fuel supply town, a few community buildings to take shelter in. ...

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Iditarod Trail Invitational 2016 reference - Rohn to McGrath checkpoint
Rohn Checkpoint is a FIFO checkpoint - first in first out. As more racers arrive you may be asked to depart to make room for new arrivals. You exit the CP directly back onto the Kuskokwim river (south fork) into some incredible countryside, with steep peaks...

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Iditarod Trail Invitational 2016 reference - Knik Lake to Rohn checkpoint
Due to a lack of time to get my race reports out (yeah, slack I know, but lets move forward) I thought I will just post up the images with a brief descriptor. This way blue dot followers of the 2017 race will get a bit of an idea of what racers will face ou...

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Iditarod Trail Invitational 2016 - 1000 miles to Nome - gear and setup
I've been running a little behind on blog posts for the ITI, so I guess now is as good a time as any, to post up some details from 2016. This will give the reader and blue dot follower alike, some fresh intel on what we'll all be facing out there in the 201...

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Iditarod Trail Invitational 2016 - 1000 miles to Nome - Prologue
Prologue “Monday: -25C
overnight. Tussock all expletive day, rough trail from irondoggers. Stopped – no, I’m not
expletive admiring scenery, I’m expletive questioning why. Nothing expletive changes. Cold expletive monotony. Move
forward.” “Thursda...

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Microadventure - North Straddie
'Follow, follow the sun'                      -Xavier Rudd. I'd been involved so much in everything Iditarod, I'd forgotten about the other simple, type 2 fun things I enjoy. The more disciplines that I can fit into a leave pass the better. Today was the da...
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