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bc
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To all of you reading and thinking of participating, whether registered EPOCH Alaska Air Pilots or fine Org Friends or others from great sites like flightsim.com or X-Pilot.com - Welcome :)


This is the fifth year that EPOCH has hosted an Open Iditarod Adventure for all.


We have a veteran Iditarod Adventure Team, led by the amazing gofigure, meaning lots of refined fun for all!


All scenery is available now. All you will need to do to participate, other than reading through the information in the Iditarod 2018 Forum Heading Group, is to download the software.


For an even deeper understanding of how we work this Adventure (especially if you are new to this), please go back to the Main Forum and scroll down to the 2017 (or earlier) Iditarod. Walk through that carefully, noting items like aircraft used, other links to information and the general flow of the event.


To follow the actual real-world Iditarod race here is a link: http://iditarod.com/


Cheers!

bc


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6 strings, 9 cylinders, 2 Manx cats: Life's Good!

February 28, 2018 at 3:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

bc
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After a few years of having the Iditarod here at EPOCH, I tend to take some information for granted. While discussing this event and our virtual participation as the Iditarod Air Force shadow, so to say, I was asked a few pretty basic questions (by the general (unknowing) public) that are not easily answerable if they go to the quagmire of information available at Iditarod.com.


So I have dug up an article from the Alaska Daily News for general consumption that gives a great overview of the event itself while not delving into all of the controversy (dog doping, cruelty and dog death, conflicts of interest, loss of sponsor(s), reduction in prize payouts - and the list goes on :( ).


This link provides a good read, both for those of us who are already in the know, and perhaps for friends and/or family members who wonder what it is.


https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/iditarod/2018/02/24/when-will-the-2018-iditarod-start-and-answers-to-15-other-race-questions/


Cheers,

bc

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6 strings, 9 cylinders, 2 Manx cats: Life's Good!

March 2, 2018 at 11:41 AM Flag Quote & Reply

bc
Site Owner
Posts: 8545

The Iditarod Air Force

31 Pilots flying:

1. Our 31 volunteer pilots collectively bring 743 years and 420,000 hours of flying experience to the table. These credentials speak highly of a dedicated group of pilots that are about to make a lot of things happen.

2. We will move over 537 dropped and scratched dogs back to Anchorage or one of the hubs.

3. Move over 124,822 lbs of dog food to nourish our athletes

4. Each musher averages 1758 lbs of food

5. A total of 3203 bags of food

6. Move 391 bales of straw/hay, enough for each team to have fresh straw at every checkpoint.

7. Move 5100 lathes to remote checkpoints for the trail breaks to mark the trail.

8. Distribute 1135 cases of heet.

9. Bring in lumber for the tent camps and the carpenters to build them. see the 2010 photo gallery for Ophir

10. Fly 45 veterinarians that monitor the athletes before, during and after the race to insure there well being.

11. Move 44 communications volunteers and all their equipment to and from checkpoints.

12. We also moved 101 race judges, Director of Competition and logistics, photographers, insider personnel and dog handlers continually up the trail who support the race


Let's give them a hand.

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6 strings, 9 cylinders, 2 Manx cats: Life's Good!

March 2, 2018 at 1:14 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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