Thursday, January 20, 2011

The IditaTour: Part three.

The last ~7 days of my 2010 self-supported Iditarod trip.

I feel a need to reiterate: My energies were largely devoted to forward motion, leaving the camera a distant afterthought. Especially, and oh so critically, on this leg of the trip where my daily caloric deficit caught up to and passed me by, asleep trailside.

I did the best I could rendering these stills and clips into a story. And it is important to dwell on the fact that it is "a" story, but far from the complete story. I have no idea how to objectively film myself falling to pieces over and over the way I did on the way up to Shaktoolik and then Koyuk. I wish someone had--it would have been hilarious, right up until it became too pathetic to watch. Increasing calories (by eating 'ahead' into my rations) made all the difference--bringing me back from the brink and into a coherent, forward moving human in just a few hours. Had I been a day later getting to where I was, that wouldn't have been an option, and my predicament would have gotten interestinger and interestinger.

Completing the trip that I did, in the style that I chose, is probably the most rewarding thing I've yet done. The difficulties went beyond the mental and physical relatively early on, and took me to lows and highs that I didn't expect and could never have prepared for.

That said, I'd encourage anyone considering duplicating this trip to think twice, thrice if necessary. It's about the worst way to experience The Trail and bush Alaska. At least from my perspective.

It is almost unbelievable the amount of time that goes into putting a video like this together. Darn near a full-time job. Hope that it provides entertainment, inspiration, and maybe even a bit of education to someone, somewhere.