Iditarod Jargon The specialized or technical language (vocabulary) of a trade, profession, or similar group.
Musher Person who mans the dog sled team
Perseverance The act of persistence; activity maintained in spite of difficulties
Fatigue A loss of strength that is caused by hard work or mental effort
Athabascan A tribe of Northern Canadian and Alaskan natives
Veteran A person who is experienced at their work
Rookie A person who has just joined a group and has no experience.
What does it take to be a musher? http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/snow-sports/5-iditarod-videos3.htm
Siberian Husky Medium sized Northern breed of dog
Malamute A large husky type dog
Booties A type of sock that is made to protect the dog’s feet from small cuts and sores.
Video on dog types: http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/snow-sports/5-iditarod-videos1.htm
Gee Used to direct dogs or other animals to the RIGHT
Haw Use to direct animals to the LEFT
Video on commands http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/snow-sports/5-iditarod-videos.htm
Runners The long narrow parts on which a sled or an ice skate glides
Pedaling Pushing the sled with one foot while the other remains on the runner.
Rigging Lines of a racing sled like chains, rope, or wire
Gang Line Main rope that runs forward from the sled
Tether A rope or chain used to fasten a horse, donkey, or other animal- to keep it confined within limits
A pin, bolt, or rod put through the eye of a rope or link of chain to prevent slipping, to secure, or attach Toggles
Video in sleds: http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/snow-sports/5-iditarod-videos2.htm Tough journey for the dogs? http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/snow-sports/5-iditarod-videos4.htm
Aurora Bands of flashing/moving lights that can be seen in the night sky mainly in the region of the North Pole
Video Clip of Northern Lights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfuqG_DQCaA