Written by Marty Moffat Alaska has just had one of the mildest winters in recent memory, yet during the 10 days of Iditarod 2015 it decides to revert back to its true-to-form self. With temps hovering around 40 below zero, Dee Dee Jonrowe froze her hands on her way into Huslia. She said it is the most severe frostbite of her long racing career, and many of you have been reading about 4-time champion Lance Mackey's battle with the cold due to Raynauds disease forcing him to make an emotional decision that this will likely be his last Iditarod sled dog race. Simple tasks take much longer to perform in this cold and taking one's gloves or mittens off for a few seconds makes it very difficult to warm your hands back up. For the mushers, the deep freeze is relentless, cumulative, and energy draining. Ol' Sam McGee of Robert Service fame stated, "It's the cursed cold, and its got right hold till I'm chilled clean through to the bone."