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Yukon Quest 2019 Wrap-Up

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The Awards Banquet was held Saturday night.

Brent Sass was the big winner as he took First place, the two ounces of gold for being first into Dawson, The Vets Award for dog care for bringing all of the puppies he started with to Fairbanks. His lead dogs, Jeep & Sluice, took the Golden Harness for their race conduct.

Hans Gatt came in second and won handmade beaver mittens from the Selkirk First Nation for being first into Pelly Crossing.

Remy Leduc won the Challenge of the North Award, beaded beaver mittens, for exemplifying the spirit of the race.

Rob Cooke won the Sportsmanship Award, a beaver lined hat, primarily for his action on Eagle Summit.

Martin Apayauq Reitan took Rookie of the Year honors, a handcrafted scrimshaw knife, for being the first rookie to finish.

Hendrik Stachnau took home the Red Lantern, presented to the race’s last official finisher.

People should remember that more people have climbed Mount Everest than have finished the Yukon Quest.

There is a short piece covering the battles to get over Eagle Summit in this race.

February 17, 2019   2 Comments

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 13

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Sled DogThe last day of racing. The finish line has been moved because of overflow on the river.

At 10PM CST the Live Tracker isn’t updating, but I think Misha Wiljes has finished. There is a reference to Hendrik Stachnau being penalized 8 hours for something, but I can’t find out what. He was already set to be the Red Lantern, but the penalty makes it doubly so.

The Current Standings at 3:00AM CST (Midnight AKST):

Finished At Fairbanks
1 Brent Sass (3)
2 Hans Gatt (2)
3 Allen Moore (26)
4 Michelle Phillips (8)
5 Matt Hall (7)
6 Paige Drobny (23)
7 Torsten Kohnert (5)
8 Denis Tremblay (1)
9 Jessie Royer (18)
10 Nathaniel Hamlyn (11)
11 Ryne Olson (21)
12 Cody Strathe (28)
13 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
14 Martin Apayauq Reitan (10)R
15 Dave Dalton (12)
16 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)R
17 Jason Biasetti (27)R
18 Andrew Pace (19)
19 Rob Cooke (30)
20 Curt Perano (29)
21 Remy Leduc (4)R
22 Laura Allaway (24)R
23 Isabelle Travadon (9)R
24 Jim Lanier (13)R
25 Chase Tingle (22)R
26 Misha Wiljes (17)
27 Hendrik Stachnau (20)RΦ
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February 14, 2019   11 Comments

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 12a

Sled DogStrange – yesterday the standings and tracker showed Misha Wiljes (17) was beyond Central, but this morning the tracker has her back at Central.

Okay, It becomes clear. There’s a storm currently over Eagle and Rosebud summits and visibility is near zero. Everyone is waiting for the storm to pass. Misha must have turned back rather that camping out in a blizzard. No one is going anywhere until the storm passes.

In addition to weather problems, Misha Wiljes had a five-year-old male dog, Joker, die yesterday. The initial necropsy determined the cause of Joker’s death to be aspiration, i.e. inhaling food, a too common problem with large breed dogs

Update: At 10:30AM CST the weather isn’t forecast to improve until Noon local time, 3PM CST. Brian, Dave, & Martin are the only teams likely to move this morning as Two Rivers and Fairbanks are not affected by the storm. Sled dogs generally refuse to move with wind in their face, and will lay down and curl up to wait out storms.

Update: At 1PM CST the teams at Mile 101 and Central decided to move as groups to get everyone over the mountains. Rob Cooke and the Siberians are leading out of Mile 101 to tackle Rosebud, while Hendrik Stachnau with the Malamutes and Greenland dogs will break trail to Eagle Summit.

Martin Apayauq Reitan is on his way to Fairbanks and first place among the rookies. His brother, Vebjørn Aishana Reitan, was last year’s Rookie of the Year.

Update: At 3:20PM CST the teams from Central are at the top of Eagle Summit.

February 13, 2019   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 12a

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 12

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Sled DogBecause of everything going on, I’m moving all of the updates to a separate post.

Update: Everyone is moving again at 1PM CST. The order is from Live Tracking as the Standings are woefully behind.

The Current Standings at 9:00PM CST (6:00PM AKST):

Finished At Fairbanks
1 Brent Sass (3)
2 Hans Gatt (2)
3 Allen Moore (26)
4 Michelle Phillips (8)
5 Matt Hall (7)
6 Paige Drobny (23)8
7 Torsten Kohnert (5)
8 Denis Tremblay (1)
9 Jessie Royer (18)
10 Nathaniel Hamlyn (11)
11 Ryne Olson (21)
12 Cody Strathe (28)
13 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
Beyond Two Rivers
14 Martin Apayauq Reitan (10)R
15 Dave Dalton (12)
At Two Rivers
16 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)R
17 Jason Biasetti (27)R
18 Rob Cooke (30)
19 Andrew Pace (19)
20 Curt Perano (29)
Beyond Mile 101
21 Remy Leduc (4)R
22 Laura Allaway (24)R
23 Chase Tingle (22)R
At Mile 101
24 Isabelle Travadon (9)R
25 Jim Lanier (13)R
26 Misha Wiljes (17)
27 Hendrik Stachnau (20)R
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February 13, 2019   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 12

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 11

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The Current Standings at 8:00PM CST (5:00PM AKST):

Finished At Fairbanks
1 Brent Sass (3)
2 Hans Gatt (2)
3 Allen Moore (26)
4 Michelle Phillips (8)
5 Matt Hall (7)
6 Paige Drobny (23)
7 Torsten Kohnert (5)
8 Denis Tremblay (1)
9 Jessie Royer (18)
Beyond Two Rivers
10 Nathaniel Hamlyn (11)
11 Ryne Olson (21)
12 Cody Strathe (28)
At Two Rivers
13 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
Beyond Mile 101
14 Dave Dalton (12)
15 Martin Apayauq Reitan (10)R
At Mile 101
16 Curt Perano (29)
17 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)R
18 Jason Biasetti (27)R
19 Andrew Pace (19)
20 Rob Cooke (30)
Beyond Central
21 Misha Wiljes (17)
At Central
22 Jim Lanier (13)R
23 Chase Tingle (22)R
24 Isabelle Travadon (9)R
25 Remy Leduc (4)R
26 Laura Allaway (24)R
27 Hendrik Stachnau (20)R
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February 12, 2019   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 11

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 10

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Sled DogLooks like Brent is coming in with his entire team of 14 puppies. Brent finished at 3:40PM CST (12:40AM AKST).

The Current Standings at 8:30PM CST (5:30PM AKST):

Finished At Fairbanks
1 Brent Sass (3)
2 Hans Gatt (2)
3 Allen Moore (26)
4 Michelle Phillips (8)
Beyond Two Rivers
5 Matt Hall (7)
6 Paige Drobny (23)
At Two Rivers
7 Denis Tremblay (1)
8 Torsten Kohnert (5)
Beyond Mile 101
9 Jessie Royer (18)
At Mile 101
10 Nathaniel Hamlyn (11)
11 Ryne Olson (21)
12 Cody Strathe (28)
Beyond Central
13 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
At Central
14 Martin Apayauq Reitan (10)R
15 Curt Perano (29)
16 Dave Dalton (12)
17 Jason Biasetti (27)R
Beyond Circle
18 Rob Cooke (30)
19 Andrew Pace (19)
20 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)R
21 Jim Lanier (13)R
22 Chase Tingle (22)R
23 Misha Wiljes (17)
24 Isabelle Travadon (9)R
At Circle
25 Remy Leduc (4)R
26 Laura Allaway (24)R
27 Hendrik Stachnau (20)R
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February 11, 2019   4 Comments

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 9

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At 9:30PM CST Brent is about 4.5 miles from Two Rivers. He should be in Fairbanks tomorrow.

The Current Standings at 9:25PM CST (6:25PM AKST):

Beyond Mile 101
1 Brent Sass (3)
2 Allen Moore (26)
3 Hans Gatt (2)
4 Michelle Phillips (8)
Beyond Central
5 Paige Drobny (23)
At Central
6 Denis Tremblay (1)
7 Matt Hall (7)
Beyond Circle
8 Nathaniel Hamlyn (11)
9 Ryne Olson (21)
10 Torsten Kohnert (5)
11 Jessie Royer (18)
At Circle
12 Cody Strathe (28)
13 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
14 Martin Apayauq Reitan (10)R
15 Curt Perano (29)
16 Dave Dalton (12)
Beyond Eagle
17 Jason Biasetti (27)R
18 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)R
19 Andrew Pace (19)
20 Rob Cooke (30)
21 Chase Tingle (22)R
22 Misha Wiljes (17)
23 Isabelle Travadon (9)R
24 Jim Lanier (13)R
25 Remy Leduc (4)R
26 Laura Allaway (24)R
27 Hendrik Stachnau (20)R

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February 10, 2019   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 9

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 8

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Sled DogThe entire field is in Alaska this morning.

The Current Standings at 9:30PM CST (6:30PM AKST):

Beyond Circle
1 Brent Sass (3)
2 Allen Moore (26)
3 Hans Gatt (2)
4 Michelle Phillips (8)
At Circle
5 Paige Drobny (23)
6 Matt Hall (7)
Beyond Eagle
7 Denis Tremblay (1)
8 Ryne Olson (21)
9 Torsten Kohnert (5)
10 Nathaniel Hamlyn (11)
11 Jessie Royer (18)
12 Martin Apayauq Reitan (10)R
13 Cody Strathe (28)
14 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
15 Curt Perano (29)
16 Jason Biasetti (27)R
17 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)R
18 Dave Dalton (12)
19 Andrew Pace (19)
20 Rob Cooke (30)
21 Chase Tingle (22)R
22 Misha Wiljes (17)
23 Isabelle Travadon (9)R
24 Jim Lanier (13)R
At Eagle
25 Hendrik Stachnau (20)R
26 Remy Leduc (4)R
27 Laura Allaway (24)R
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February 9, 2019   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 8

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 7

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Jimmy Lebling (6)R and Olivia Webster (15)R made the decision to scratch at Dawson. Lisbet Norris (14)R also decided to scratch at Dawson.

The Current Standings at 7:00PM CST (5:00PM PST):

Beyond Eagle
1 Allen Moore (26)
2 Brent Sass (3)
3 Hans Gatt (2)
4 Michelle Phillips (8)
5 Paige Drobny (23)
6 Matt Hall (7)
7 Denis Tremblay (1)
8 Ryne Olson (21)
At Eagle
9 Nathaniel Hamlyn (11)
10 Torsten Kohnert (5)
Beyond Dawson
11 Martin Apayauq Reitan (10)R
12 Jessie Royer (18)
13 Cody Strathe (28)
14 Curt Perano (29)
15 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
16 Jason Biasetti (27)R
17 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)R
18 Rob Cooke (30)
19 Andrew Pace (19)
20 Dave Dalton (12)
21 Isabelle Travadon (9)R
22 Misha Wiljes (17)
23 Chase Tingle (22)R
24 Hendrik Stachnau (20)R
25 Jim Lanier (13)R
26 Laura Allaway (24)R
27 Remy Leduc (4)R
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February 8, 2019   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 7

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 6

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Sled DogThe leaders are across the border into Alaska.

The leading rookie, Martin Apayauq Reitan, is an Inupiaq [Native Alaskan] / Norwegian musher. His dad, Ketil Reitan, has finished 7 Iditarods. In addition to the Quest, Martin has also signed up for his rookie run at this year’s Iditarod. He’s 21 and started mushing at 4.

The Current Standings at 9:00PM CST (7:00PM PST):

Beyond Dawson
1 Brent Sass (3)
2 Michelle Phillips (8)
3 Hans Gatt (2)
4 Allen Moore (26)
5 Paige Drobny (23)
6 Denis Tremblay (1)
7 Matt Hall (7)
8 Ryne Olson (21)
9 Torsten Kohnert (5)
10 Nathaniel Hamlyn (11)
11 Martin Apayauq Reitan (10)R
12 Jessie Royer (18)
13 Cody Strathe (28)
14 Jason Biasetti (27)R
At Dawson
15 Curt Perano (29)
16 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
17 Olivia Webster (15)R
18 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)R
19 Rob Cooke (30)
20 Andrew Pace (19)
21 Dave Dalton (12)
22 Isabelle Travadon (9)R
23 Misha Wiljes (17)
24 Jim Lanier (13)R
25 Chase Tingle (22)R
26 Hendrik Stachnau (20)R
27 Laura Allaway (24)R
28 Remy Leduc (4)R
Beyond Pelly Crossing
29 Jimmy Lebling (6)R
30 Lisbet Norris (14)R
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February 7, 2019   6 Comments

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 5

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Sled DogThe teams will be dribbling in all day for their major layover, so not much racing. The standings will do odd things as volunteers catch and correct errors made overnight.

Hendrik Stachnau, a German musher, has a team of purebred Greenland Dogs and Alaskan Malamutes. They are larger and stronger breeds than the Alaskan huskies, but were not bred for all out speed.

The first teams will be able to leave Dawson at midnight PST, 2AM CST.

The Current Standings at 9:30PM CST ( 7:30PM PST):

At Dawson
1 Brent Sass (3)
2 Michelle Phillips (8)
3 Hans Gatt (2)
4 Allen Moore (26)
5 Paige Drobny (23)
6 Denis Tremblay (1)
7 Matt Hall (7)
8 Ryne Olson (21)
9 Torsten Kohnert (5)
10 Nathaniel Hamlyn (11)
11 Martin Apayauq Reitan (10)R
12 Jessie Royer (18)
13 Cody Strathe (28)
14 Curt Perano (29)
15 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
16 Jason Biasetti (27)R
17 Olivia Webster (15)R
18 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)R
19 Rob Cooke (30)
20 Andrew Pace (19)
21 Dave Dalton (12)
22 Isabelle Travadon (9)R
23 Misha Wiljes (17)
24 Jim Lanier (13)R
25 Chase Tingle (22)R
26 Hendrik Stachnau (20)R
27 Laura Allaway (24)R
28 Remy Leduc (4)R
Beyond Pelly Crossing
29 Jimmy Lebling (6)R
30 Lisbet Norris (14)R

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February 6, 2019   2 Comments

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 4

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Sled DogLizbet Norris is another Iditarod veteran trying the Quest. Like Rob Cooke, her team are pedigreed Siberian Huskies.

The Current Standings at 9:30PM CST ( 7:30PM PST):

At Dawson
1 Brent Sass (3)
2 Michelle Phillips (8)
3 Hans Gatt (2)
4 Allen Moore (26)
5 Paige Drobny (23)
6 Denis Tremblay (1)
7 Matt Hall (7)
8 Ryne Olson (21)
Beyond Pelly Crossing
9 Curt Perano (29)
10 Nathaniel Hamlyn (11)
11 Torsten Kohnert (5)
12 Cody Strathe (28)
13 Isabelle Travadon (9)R
14 Hendrik Stachnau (20)R
15 Olivia Webster (15)R
16 Martin Apayauq Reitan (10)R
17 Andrew Pace (19)
18 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
19 Dave Dalton (12)
20 Jessie Royer (18)
21 Jason Biasetti (27)R
22 Rob Cooke (30)
23 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)R
24 Misha Wiljes (17)
25 Chase Tingle (22)R
26 Laura Allaway (24)R
27 Jim Lanier (13)R
28 Jimmy Lebling (6)R
29 Lisbet Norris (14)R
30 Remy Leduc (4)R
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February 5, 2019   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 4

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 3

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The Current Standings at 7:00PM CST ( 5:00PM PST):

Beyond Pelly Crossing
1 Allen Moore (26)
2 Hans Gatt (2)
3 Brent Sass (3)
4 Paige Drobny (23)
5 Michelle Phillips (8)
6 Denis Tremblay (1)
7 Curt Perano (29)
8 Ryne Olson (21)
9 Matt Hall (7)
10 Nathaniel Hamlyn (11)
11 Torsten Kohnert (5)
12 Cody Strathe (28)
13 Isabelle Travadon (9)R
14 Hendrik Stachnau (20)R
15 Olivia Webster (15)R
16 Martin Apayauq Reitan (10)R
17 Andrew Pace (19)
18 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
19 Dave Dalton (12)
20 Jessie Royer (18)
21 Rob Cooke (30)
22 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)R
23 Misha Wiljes (17)
24 Laura Allaway (24)R
25 Jim Lanier (13)R
At Pelly Crossing
26 Jason Biasetti (27)R
27 Chase Tingle (22)R
28 Remy Leduc (4)R
29 Jimmy Lebling (6)R
30 Lisbet Norris (14)R

Note: Seeing Jim Lanier listed as a rookie is a bit jarring as he and his signature white huskies have been running the Iditarod for decades. He’s in his mid 70s and is a retired MD.
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February 4, 2019   6 Comments

Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 2

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The Current Standings at 9:30PM CST ( 7:30PM PST):

At Pelly Crossing
1 Hans Gatt (2)
Beyond Carmacks
2 Allen Moore (26)
3 Dave Dalton (12)
4 Matt Hall (7)
5 Paige Drobny (23)
6 Michelle Phillips (8)
7 Brent Sass (3)
8 Denis Tremblay (1)
9 Torsten Kohnert (5)
10 Jessie Royer (18)
11 Nathaniel Hamlyn (11)
12 Olivia Webster (15)R
13 Cody Strathe (28)
14 Ryne Olson (21)
15 Isabelle Travadon (9)R
16 Curt Perano (29)
17 Jason Biasetti (27)R
18 Martin Apayauq Reitan (10)R
19 Deke Naaktgeboren (25)R
20 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
21 Hendrik Stachnau (20)R
22 Laura Allaway (24)R
23 Rob Cooke (30)
24 Jim Lanier (13)R
25 Misha Wiljes (17)
26 Andrew Pace (19)
27 Chase Tingle (22)R
28 Remy Leduc (4)R
29 Jimmy Lebling (6)R
At Carmacks
30 Lisbet Norris (14)R

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Yukon Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by clicking on the sled dog or selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 3, 2019   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2019 – Day 2