Kristy and her team appear to be out of Two Rivers and nearing the 4th checkpoint of Central (race mile 160). This means she has gotten over Rosebud and Eagle Summits, neither small accomplishments. It is currently -15 degrees F in Central. After that, Kristy and her team have about 74 miles to go until Circle City. The stretch separating the 4th and 5th checkpoints is known to be a cold one.
Kristy and 22 other mushers pulled out of Fairbanks this morning under sunny albeit chilly skies with temps around -10 degrees F.
Picture of Kristy and her team at the start: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yukonquest/6820407803/
More play-by-play coverage: kuacnews.wordpress.com
Here are the 14, vet-cleared dogs that will be making the 1,000 mile journey with Kristy from Fairbanks to Whitehorse. Click on the image to open a full-sized view containing a caption with each dog's name. Or, in order of appearance: Arthur, Buffalo, Commander, Copper, Cutie Pie, Fawn, Hag, Jester, Jonah, King, Nicholas, Psycho, Tessa, and Wolf. Good luck gang!
If you want to follow Kristy and the other mushers during this year's Yukon Quest, you have a couple of options. We recommend trying the race-sponsored GPS trackers first, as they offer a trail overlay map and details on all mushers. The info can be found by visiting Track Leaders. Kristy's own personal SPOT GPS tracking info will also be here on our site on our GPS Tracker page.
The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger
If you watched the YouTube clip from our prior blog post with Kristy at the banquet, you might be curious about the SPOT GPS devices the mushers carry with them on the trail. The device Kristy and Anna have (and is likely the same or very, very similar to those provided by races like the YQ) is pictured left. The infamous "Help" button is hidden under a small cover on the left of the device.
Although Kristy allegedly prefers to wear an odd-numbered bib, she doesn't mind having drawn the #2 spot for this year's Yukon Quest. Kristy is one of 24 mushers slated to take the field this year.
Check out this article from KUAC's Emily Schwing with quotes from Kristy as her team goes through the mandatory vet checks. You can access the article by clicking here.
Alaska is having a very robust winter this year, even by Alaska standards! Temps in Anchorage have averaged 2.7 degrees F during January, one of the coldest on record. The nearby communities of Cordova and Valdez have seen record snowfall (the latter having gotten over 26 FEET of snow since November). And right now, Kristy and the other YQ mushers in Fairbanks are getting an early taste of what they can expect out on the trail with air temps dropping to nearly 50 degrees F below zero.
You can read more in an article from this weekend's Fairbanks Daily News - Miner.