Sunday, February 7, 2010
Greetings from Yukon Quest - day one
Katie made it into Twin Bear checkpoint by 4p.m. Alaska time. She reported that the trail was fast, hard and lacking snow. She stayed at the checkpoint for about 3 3/4 hours leaving at 7:45p.m. We all watched as she hit the dark trail and headed into the night. Katie is headed to the second checkpoint, Mile 101 on the Steese Highway. She will break the run up into two runs. She will camp out with the dogs on the trail for about six hours near the base of Rose Bud. Rose Bud is a rather steep mountain climb. Today people where talking about it and how it just keeps going up and up. After Katie rest her team and herself they will start climbing Rose Bud in the early hours of the morning. I bet the view from the top will be beautiful. We will meet her at the Mile 101 check point.
Weather update: today was in the teens pushing 20'F! It felt like a heat wave. The sunrises around 9a.m. and sets around 5p.m. so it really is not that dark.