Name: STEVE COMPTON
Residence: ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
Years involved with Iditarod: 2ND YEAR
Iditarod Role: Volunteer Pilot
Current Location: Willow Airport — Willow, AK
Date of Photo: February 20, 2021
Temperature: -23F / -30C Outdoors
What, who or how and when did you first get involved with the Iditarod?
I first got involved with the Iditarod as a kid, because my mother would have us bet on the mushers. As an adult, I’ve always been excited about the race. It just captures the imagination, and it’s just such an important experience. When I had an opportunity to volunteer for the Iditarod, I jumped at it.
What is your Why? Why are you here TODAY and involved with the Iditarod?
Why I’m here today and involved with the Iditarod, because today is the Willow load-out. So the race won’t start for a while yet, but we need to pre-position a lot of gear for the mushers at all the different checkpoints. We have a bunch of ski planes and pilots, and we’re loading them with gear and flying them out to various checkpoints east of the Alaska range.
Tell me about just one of your most memorable Iditarod experiences.
My most memorable Iditarod experience, last year, my first year as a pilot, was picking up four dogs that had been dropped at a check station for various minor injuries, and loading them in the back of the plane. They were just the sweetest animals. It was super fun just to see them up close.
What do you know for sure?:
What I know for sure in life is at 20 below is no place to be wearing glasses.