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Yukon Quest 2011 – Day 13

Yukon Quest trail

Sled DogWhile the group at the Hot Springs wait out their 8-hour mandatory stops before the 75 mile run to the finish, the back of the race is on the trail and facing Eagle Summit.

They might, and I hope they do, get the sunny conditions that Mike Ellis saw, but the version that Sab dealt with is never far away. There is a Winter Weather Advisory out for the area around Fairbanks for 3-5″ of snow and winds up to 30mph in the hills, so I hope everyone makes it to a warm and safe location before it hits.

Update Noon CST: It is very good to see that Tamara, Kyla, and Jerry have made it over Eagle Summit. Hank and his Siberians are the last team that will have to go over this year. He is currently about 15 miles away from Mile 101 at the start of the climb.

Update 1:30PM CST: Hank is about a mile from the summit at 2500 feet. He has 1000 feet up and 5000 forward to go before it becomes downhill into Mile 101.

Update 2:30PM CST: He is at 3400 feet. Not much further.

Update 3:15PM CST: Hank and the Siberian Huskies are over Eagle Summit and on their way down to to Mile 101.

Update 4:15PM CST: Hank arrived at Mile 101 with frosted puppies. Reports high winds at the summit.

At Fairbanks

7 Jodi Bailey (17)R
8 Mike Ellis (5)

Beyond Chena Hot Springs

9 David Dalton (23)

At Chena Hot Springs

10 Tamara Rose (12)I
11 Kyla Durham (14)R
12 Jerry Joinson (21)R

Beyond Mile 101

13 Hank DeBruin (19)IΦ

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

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

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February 17, 2011   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2011 – Day 13