Joar Lleifseth Ulsom

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.”

Ulsom, Hopkins vie for top five spots

Feb 14, 2015
Julien Schroder / Yukon Quest

  Two teams have been vying for spots in the top five since they left Dawson City, but things change quickly on the Yukon Quest trail. One of those teams is struggling, while the other is carefully picking its way down the trail.

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.


Extreme cold sets in on Yukon Quest Trail

Feb 8, 2015
Emily Schwing / KUAC

  Braeburn, YK - Frigid weather set in across Canada’s Yukon this week. Mushers who left the start line of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Saturday were uneasy about a forecast that’s calling for subzero temperatures by the end of the week.

Midday temperatures hovered around 30 degrees below zero, as dog teams left Whitehorse.  But Tagish musher Ed Hopkins didn’t seem to mind.

“I like a challenge, I am built for cold weather, I don’t know I just don’t get cold, so I’m not worried about it,” he said.

There's a Strong Norwegian Presence at Iditarod 42

Mar 3, 2014
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Willow, AK - Teams are making their way into Rainy Pass as they head trough the Alaska Range.  It’s arguably the toughest stretch of trail. Many mushers say they’re ready for the challenge, including a contingent of Norwegians who are in Alaska to find out how their dog teams fare on this side of the world.