Although the winds have calmed down a bit, it is ridiculously cold out on the trail. Weather centers in Galena and Kaltag are currently reporting between -22F and -24F for air temps, and even with mild winds around 5mph, Stephanie's call that they would see wind chills -35F to -40F is spot on.
Our friend Scott pulled out of Galena around 7:45am Sunday morning with 13 dogs still on his sled. He was reported in 43rd place and has also completed his 8hr layover. It looks like he's moving along the trail and about half way to Nulato. Paul and his team of 11 dogs are out of Kaltag in 16th place and about one third of the way between Kaltag and Unalakleet. Several familiar names are still in the lead and into Unalakleet (race mile 673), including Aliy, Dallas Seavey, Aaron Burmeister, and last year's champ John Baker.
Zoya DeNure is the 4th musher to scratch, leaving 62 teams on the trail. The majority of teams have completed their 8hr layovers and are running teams of 11 dogs or more.
A few more pics courtesy of the Alaska Dispatch to give you an idea of what the twins and other mushers are seeing out on the trail.