The Yukon Quest is our international 1000 mile sled dog race. It's the lesser known of the two we have as most have heard of the Iditarod but not as many have heard of the Yukon Quest. I'll be busy for the next few weeks as I prepare and go up to the remote checkpoint that I work at. I'll be bringing my fiddle of course. This is my 6th year there. I'll be back in time for the Street Jelly fest.
Yes the Toughest Race on Earth started today in Whitehorse. I'll be going up to "my" checkpoint, Mile 101 on Thursday. Please feel free to follow the checkpoint adventures at https://www.facebook.com/check.....ne?fref=ts.
Who is your favorite musher? This year mine is Matt Hall as he is the son of my friends and an awesome musher.
The timeline of getting a remote checkpoint up and running
|As of tonight, Checkpoint Mile 101 has been opened up by assistant checkpoint manager Mike Bowman. If anybody needs help or a cup of coffee on the Steese Highway between 12 Mile Summit and Eagle Summit, please feel free to stop by.
At this point the weather is good and no problems are anticipated. For emergencies (but only for that) we are for now connected to the outside world by Sat-Phone.
Our checkpoint time table is as follows:
02/8: Delivery of straw and food drop bags for mushers, cabin repairs and set up.
02/11: Our communication manager Nathan Brisboise will arrive and open the communication cabin. He will stay until the last musher leaves.
02/11: Hughes net technicians will arrive and set up our internet link to the outside world. Thanks for being such an awesome sponsor !!
02/11 -12: An extra crew of trail breakers will arrive (not the ones who check the trail before the first musher) to go over the trail from Central over Eagle Summit down the Birch Creek drainage and up to Rosebud again to add markers and gather last minute trail reports. At least two trail breakers will then be stationed at 101 for trail care or emergencies until the last musher leaves.
02/12: Georganne Hampton will arrive to officially open the Mile 101 cook shack, which she runs for 6 years now with Kelly Kamper. She will also bring with her the awesome food Ivory Jacks, a restaurant in the Goldstream Valley near Fairbanks provides for us to feed mushers. Ivory Jacks used to be a sponsor of our little dog drop when no one cared. They are still providing us with food for mushers at what has now become a checkpoint more than 15 years later. Thank you again, again and again ! smile emoticon
O2/13: Kelly Kamper, the checkpoint manager Peter Kamper and all additional crew will arrive.
02/14: Final set up of the checkpoint. Stews and soups will be prepared and the dog lot will be laid out.
02/15: First musher will arrive. We anticipate this to happen in the early morning hours.
The weather is supposed to warm up considerably over the next week and we will keep you posted on this page about weather/wind conditions at 101 and the surrounding Summits as soon as information becomes available.
If you have questions, feel free to contact us.
Happy Trails to all... smile emoticon
Checkpoint Mile 101
Cool Georganne - @Georganne - and I thought we had real snow in Scotland - LOL! Great stuff - have a great time and play that fiddle in the wilderness.... I'll bet you come up with a new tune - I would put money on it.... Husky Jig.... we await with an-ti-cip-a-tion... LOL !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Hahhaha Husky and RHPS references in one post? You have got it going ON @BillyG !
They are called booties. They protect the dogs' paws from a couple of things. First off is ice. Snow and ice are abrasive so they need to protect their feet. These dogs run over 100 miles a day, that's a lot of snow and ice. They also keep snow balls from forming in between their pads. You know how irritating it can be to have a pebble in your shoe or between your toes? They are not really for keeping them warm. Dogs have a higher temperature then humans do. They also don't have that mechanism that we do where when we get cold, the blood vessels in our extremities constrict in order to keep our core warm. Their hearts beat faster so they have faster circulation then we do. One way dogs cool off when they are running and it is too warm is to walk in water but it doesn't really work the opposite.
They booties are either made from fleece or cordura with a velcro tab to snug them up around the leg. In both of our 1000 mile races, mushers are required to have a minimum of 8 booties per dog in their sleds at all time. When they go through open water or overflow, then the mushers change the booties. When they are climbing steep hills, they are removed so the dogs can use their claws.
Here's a video from our other 1000 mile race but it shows them putting on booties.
Here is another video where she shows some of the other gear dogs wear. What she doesn't mention in the video but the first dog is wearing is called a peter heater.... to keep the obvious from getting frostbitten.