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Chuck King's musher's headlight

Object Name: Musher's headlight
Date: Circa 2001
3 x 3 x 9 in. (7.6 x 7.6 x 22.9 cm)
Medium: Rubber, glass, plastic, metal, elastic
Catalog number: 2008.29.11
DescriptionThis green headlight has a battery pack, black elastic adjustable straps, and a black cable with plug to connect battery to light.
ProvenanceTempe resident Chuck King participated as a musher in the 2001 iditarod sled race in Alaska. The year prior he had placed first in the Willow Mat-su Valley qualifying race. He was the first Arizonan to ever qualify for the Iditarod. He had AIDS at the time. He died from the disease in 2005.

The headlight is vital equipment that must function in extreme cold and wet conditions. Spares are carried in the sled. Batteries are of long duration. The light is capable of providing both a direct and a wide beam.

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