VIDEO: Linwood Fielder describes falling asleep, falling off sled as dogs raced ahead

Published: Mar. 9, 2017 at 6:26 AM AKST
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Our KTUU crew caught up with Fiedler in Ruby after his long, lonely walk. The musher was in good humor before returning to the trail.

He had been fast asleep until the moment his face hit the frozen Yukon River, he said. Then he found himself noticing wolf prints in the snow as he made his way to Ruby. Watch the video above for more.

Fiedler is still in the race, currently in 27th place, after leaving Ruby at 11:37 a.m.


that veteran musher Linwood Fiedler's dog team arrived in Ruby without the musher overnight.

In a video posted to the Iditarod website, several people in the checkpoint can be seen gathering around the dogs. "Where's Linwood?" someone asks.

Insider analyst Bruce Lee explains that the team "came in without a musher."

"Now you've seen it all," a camera operator says at one point.

The Insider writes that Fiedler arrived an hour later into the village checkpoint and that the musher and his dogs are "in fine condition." "Apparently he fell asleep and fell off his sled," Insider writes.

Fiedler, 63, told KTUU before the Iditarod that he planned to be a "rabbit" early in the race, moving fast on the trail but taking long rests at checkpoints.

Fiedler officially arrived in Ruby at 4:09 a.m. He has finished 18 Iditarods and placed as high as second, in 2001.

By the time they reach Ruby on this alternate Iditarod route, Mushers have been on flat, relatively "boring" trail along the Yukon River for about 120 miles. Conditions that could make it easy to fall asleep, racer Rick Casillo said in Manley Hot Springs