How to Race Sled Dogs in the Iditarod : Attaching Snow Hooks to a Race Dogsled

How to Race Sled Dogs in the Iditarod : Attaching Snow Hooks to a Race Dogsled


Hi! I’m Lachland Clarke on behalf of Expert
Village. I would like to invite you to visit our website at www.teamclarke.org. Snow hooks
are usually made out of a two materials; either aluminum or steel. Most of them have carbide
tips on the end for digging in extra firmly, getting deep into the snow. The snow hook
is used to really keep a team stopped and there is a technique as you are coming to
a stop, it is sort of a timing technique, where you are slowing down with your drag
mat or brake bar. Just before you come to a stop you sink your snow hook in. The tips
are shaped with some down suction just like a plow share so that as you put the snow hook
into the snow, if it is shaped correctly, the force of the sled or the pull going forward
will actually drive that snow hook further into the snow and hopefully give you a good
hold and keep your dogs stopped. Most of the time it will pull out without too much trouble
but if you are in really good hard pack; snow that has had a lot of traffic on it and its
pretty packed almost ice. You can have a hard time getting the snow hook out of it. Sometimes
it requires you to kick it with the heels of your boot or reach ahead of the snow hook
bridle which is lying that is attached to the snow of your dog team and jerk it back
a few times. It will sort of free it from the hard packed snow.

Antonio Breitenberg

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1 thought on “How to Race Sled Dogs in the Iditarod : Attaching Snow Hooks to a Race Dogsled

  1. Charlie Painchaud says:

    There was no explanation of how to tie in that rope to your gangline or your bridle. Misleading title

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