ALASKA "WILDERNESS WOMAN CONTEST"

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Sourdough

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Telling Alaska’s Story: The Wilderness Woman (alaskasnewssource.com)

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TALKEETNA, Alaska (KTUU) - In the small, tucked-away town of Talkeetna, Alaska is a competition that only a true sourdough can victor: The Wilderness Woman.
It takes skill, precision and true Alaskan grit to be named The Wilderness Woman. Ladies 21 years and older who are single sign up to compete in three rounds of homestead tasks to claim the title and be crowned with a fur hat. The first round consists of hauling water down Main Street and the five contestants with the fastest times move on to compete in the final two rounds.
 

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Hauling water down Main Street?
It’s a fundraiser for a local nonprofit raising $40k for women in crisis, so it’s geared around this end in mind.

Here are the other tasks:

In round two, competitors make a sandwich and open a beverage for a bachelor in waiting before sawing wood, packing it into a trailer attached to a fat tire bike, and hauling it across the village park to unload. From there, they enter into the final round of the competition where participants catch a fish, shoot a “ptarmigan,” ring the dinner bell and “hunt” a moose before snowshoeing their way to the finish line.

And hauling water is something my homesteading lady does daily during the summer months. :) I need to teach her that sandwich making and beverage opening thing. 😘
 

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Sounds like something we did a few years back. We had a "Survivor Minnesota" competition for four medical students who were visiting from Texas A&M (one being our daughter).

The girls had to gather firewood using a sled and snowshoes, then stack the firewood on the cabin porch. Next pump five gallons of water from a well and put it on the cabin porch. Then shoot a "moose." Lastly, start a fire (only 5 farmer's matches were given to each girl). BTW, the temp was -20ºF actual when the competition was held.

The winner of the competition was the medical student from Russia.

 

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