Chris McLennan in Alaska in 2010

Loweprofessional photographer Chris McLennan is about to embark on yet another adventure — one we will be following closely over the next 15-20 days.

Last year, Chris photographed portions of the 2010 Iditarod Race, capturing stunning images of solitary sledders and their dog teams gliding through the frozen wilderness. This year, he has upped the ante and will be covering ~1200 km through the territory between Galena to Nome in order to tell the real story — the story of what happens in between check points when it’s just the dogs and their mushers braving blizzards, sub-zero temperatures and some of the harshest conditions on earth.

So he’s off to Alaska again to photograph the 2011 Iditarod Race, but this time with a twist. While shooting the race, he will be the subject of a documentary film and pilot for a proposed TV series. Over the course of the 15-day race, Chris and local guide and former Iditarod competitor Jon Korta will follow the teams along the race course, sleeping in arctic tents and Eskimo villages. They’ll not only be subjected to -40° to -60° Celsius temperatures, they’ll encounter the same challenges and hazards the racers face when traversing this hostile but beautiful expanse.

Read a the full story about this amazing adventure on Chris’ blog — and then watch for posts and updates here and on our Facebook page as the race gets underway on March 5th.

Safe travels, Chris!

Sam is the PR and Photographer Relations Manager for Lowepro’s Worldwide Marketing team.


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