Mushers in the Iditarod dogsled race
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Mushers go for 9-14 days on minimum sleep, are alone except for their dogs, rarely see other competitors, and hallucinate horses, trains, UFOs, invisible airplanes, orchestras, strange animals, voices without people, and occasionally phantom people on the side of the trail or imaginary friends. . .
A musher named Joe Garnie became convinced that a man was riding in his sled bag, so he politely asked the man to leave, but when he didn't move Garnie tapped him on the shoulder and insisted he depart his sled, and when the stranger refused Garnie swatted him.
The source of the experienceAthlete
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
OverloadsExperiencing earth forces
Loneliness and isolation
Sleep deprivation, insomnia and mental exhaustion
From Oliver Sacks – Hallucinations