Cody Strathe

Two top ten teams are out after hard day on the trail

Feb 14, 2015
Pat Kane / Yukon Quest

Eagle, AK - It was a day of attrition on the Yukon Quest trail Saturday as mushers left the eagle checkpoint and headed for Circle. Two experienced teams unexpectedly returned to Eagle to scratch from the race.

  When Cody Strathe left Eagle early in the morning, his dog team seemed happy to make their way down the trail. But Strathe said he knew better. “The last few days, the dogs have been giving me signs that they had issues,” he said, “but in my head, I keep saying ‘Oh we’re good, if we can get through this, we can just keep going’ and you can only do that so many times.”

Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

  Dawson City, YK - There are three Yukon Quest teams currently running among the top ten that did not plan on racing with the front-runners when they left Whitehorse. In fact,  none them were able to complete the race last year, so they returned simply to finish what they started.

When Mike Ellis arrived in Dawson City, he had no idea what his place was. “At the beginning of the race, I said I thought I’d be lucky to be even in the top 15 with the field and the names that this race had,” he said.

Yukon Quest trail puts sleds to the test

Feb 9, 2015
Emily Schwing / KUAC

  Pelly Crossing, YK - On the Yukon Quest Trail, there are a few things mushers have to be especially picky about including a sturdy sled.  Jumble ice near McCabe Creek, half way to Pelly Crossing, is testing sled engineering this year.

When he’s not running dogs, musher Cody Strathe builds dog sleds for a living. “I built the same sled I built for about ten people this year, but it’s a nice sled and it was originally my design for myself,” he said.


Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - Yukon Quest mushers dropped off all the food and gear they’ll need for the 1000-mile sled dog race in both Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon over the weekend.  Race Manager Alex Olesen says the race becomes more of a reality once all that gear has been delivered.

“I mean we’re not ready, we’re never all the way be ready,” he said. “There’s always going to be things that come, there’s things that will break, there’s things that will change, but now it’s on!” said Olesen.

Strathe Ends His Quest Early

Feb 11, 2014
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Carmacks, YK - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or RCMP, deployed early this morning to assist Fairbanks musher Cody Starthe 26 miles outside of Braeburn, the last checkpoint on the Yukon Quest trail.  
Around 1 am, Strathe activated the help button on his GPS Spot tracking device. The Canadian rangers were also asked to assist in the rescue effort.

The musher left Carmacks with eight sled dogs.  They were all found safe along the trail.  Temperatures in the area dropped to between 40 and 50 degrees below zero overnight.  

Julian Schroder / Yukon Quest

Carmacks, YK - Sometimes the only way to find out whether you have a competitive dog team is to compete.  As eleven teams continue to make their way toward the finish line at Takhini Hot Springs outside Whitehorse, they’re likely finding out plenty about the dogs on their teams.

Julian Schroder / Yukon Quest

Carmacks, YK - Teams are edging closer to the finish line in this year’s Yukon Quest, but they may not get there without at least a little bit of racing.  Two major runs and a mandatory rest are all that separates Cody Strathe and Matt Hall from the finish line  Takhini Hot Springs.

Julian Schroder / Yukon Quest

Dawson City, YK - Despite the effort of trail breakers, Mother Nature has thrown plenty at mushers during the race. Almost every team has arrived with a story about a mishap on the trail.

When Brent Sass came into Dawson he was so tired he could barely stand. The current front-runner said a combination of sleep deprivation and sharp turns made for quite the adventure. “I lost my cooler I had a dog in the sled and it jumped out.  It was fiasco, but we survived as  we always do," he laughed.

Camaraderie Drives Mushers and Dogs Toward Dawson

Feb 7, 2014
Mark Gillet / Yukon Quest

Dawson City, YK - Teams arriving in Dawson over the last 24 hours have shared stories from their journey.  The trail from Eagle threw everything from gusting winds to glare ice and blowing snow at sled dogs and mushers.  But one stretch of open water near the Kandic River outside of Eagle complicated Yukon River travel for everyone and forced mushers to work together. 

Middle Packers File Into Dawson Overnight

Feb 6, 2014
Julian Schroder / Yukon Quest

Dawson City, YK - While the front runners slept, massaged dogs and prepared their sleds for the second half of the Yukon Quest, a handful of teams trickled into Dawson city overnight. There are at least three teams that have spent much of the race running solo.