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Yukon Quest: The 1,000 Mike Dog Sled Race through the Yukon and Alaska Paperback – January 1, 1998

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One of the things that you really do have to say about Yukon Quest is that you get your money's worth.

Written by John Firth, this is a really big story, chuck full of drama and humor. It manages to make dog racing, which I really don't see as one of the world's best spectator sports, an interesting event. The book is unabashedly a celebration of the race and those who have run it, and it does that job superlatively. -- by Dan Davidson, Whitehorse Star, Feb. 13, 1998

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John Firth provides an insider's view of the Yukon Quest, the legendary thousand-mile international dog sled race between Fairbanks, Alaska and Whitehorse, Yukon. Dogs and mushers follow the Yukon River through the rugged northern wilderness, over windswept mountains, in temperatures that reach 60 below.

Anecdotes from all the races 1984 through 1997 as well as final race results and the complete Yukon Quest rules, make this a wonderful read for anyone interested in sled dog racing or the North.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Lost Moose; Subsequent edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896758037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896758039
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. M. Walton on January 28, 2015
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A powerful book about ""the other big race" which does not get the publicity but is probably even tougher than the Iditarod which is definitely not for sissies. Well written and powerful narrative.
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The Yukon Quest is a 1000 mile dog sled race through the Yukon and Alaska that pits man and is best friend against the worst Mother Nature has to offer. In this book John Firth takes the reader through each stage of the 1998 Yukon Quest. Also filled within the pages are anecdotes from all the races between 1984 to 1997. The stories are personal, they are real, they will make you laugh, they will make you cry, but most of all they will make you see the bond that the mushers have with their dogs. There is a relationship between the musher and his/her dog team that goes beyond that of a pet. There is trust, love, and the enjoyment of being together.The interactions between the mushers can be comical at times but it can also turn serious when necessary. Frith has many stories from the mushers that will show you both sides. The best thing about all the mushers is that no matter what, if someone needs help everyone will stop to help and forget about the race until everybody is safe. The must rely on each other, they are the only people around for hundereds of miles. It is not easy to cross 1000 miles of frozen land and water. They must help each other if they can. The book also gives a history of the race such as route changes and political problems encountered. The 1998 official race rules are included as are the results and awards from 1984 to 1998.
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