ANCHORAGE — In a normal year for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, things would be getting dangerous right about now.
Within the first few days of the 1,000-mile trek across Alaska, mushers would be crossing a mountain range that is home to Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak.
The expanse of wilderness is risky on its own, but last year poor trail conditions there led to many crashes.
Amid another dry winter, teams are following a different route this year, one that organizers hope will be safer. Here's a look at what that means for competitors: