The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Guiding Light

Only a musher window shops at the local feed store. I was in Underdog Feed in Wasilla yesterday picking up meat and kibble for the dogs and chit chatting away when something in the display case caught my eye.

Lupine Headlamp for Mushers

It was three new headlamps they just got in from a company in Germany called Lupine ( These are the Cadillacs of headlamps. No more will a musher be forced to use what amounts to a pen light after they get their hands on one of these puppies.

The top of the line model, affectionately called Wilma costs a whopping $960.00 bucks with the low-end model fetching $350.00. They come with a charging system and a battery back that will blow away the endless lithium batteries that you use in your current head-lamp set up.

As we talked, the difference of the popular Princeton Apex model, that I and many others use, and the Lupine system was literally night and day. The LED’s were so bright you could read War and Peace traveling down the trail if you were so inclined.

The Wilma produced enough candlepower to look like a high-beam on an off-road vehicle when we shinned it on the ceiling of the feed store.  I was told that all of the mushers in Europe use these things and many of them mount one on the handlebar of the sled for that extra lighting.

Hey, isn’t Christmas right around the corner….

Robert Forto | Team Ineka | Alaska Dog Works | Mushing Radio | Dog Works Radio | Denver Dog Works


Dr. Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and Dog Works Radio Shows


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Robert Forto is the owner of Dog Works Training Company in Alaska, a canine behaviorist, mushin' down a dream, sports nut and radio show host. Robert writes a lot about his observations in Alaska, pop culture, music, and of course dogs!

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One Comment on “The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Guiding Light”

  1. Michele Forto Says:

    Hmmm! I was thinking you could use an old fashioned torch! It is that time of year when Santa will be checking his list, but since this seems to be a request for Mrs. Santa, I’m not sure the elves have it in them this late in the season to pull it off!


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