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    There are still three athletes from the Iditasport on the trail. They started about 6 days before the ITI but the rough conditions have made their progress tough...

    https://iditasportalaska.com/the-race/live-tracking/

    You can see that Beat (an ITI runner) caught up with Jorge (from the Iditasport) a day or so ago and they appear to be traveling together on foot for the time being. Meanwhile, it looks like Jan (another Iditasport runner) is maybe 7-8 miles behind Troy (an ITI cyclist) and may be benefiting somewhat from Troy's trail breaking.

    Separately, Pete Ripmaster is looking incredibly strong, moving at about 3 mph. I am curious to see if he's able to catch the four cyclist at Elim.
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    8:00am AKST (9:00am AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski at Topcock.
    • Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe and Toni Lund in Elim.
    • Peter Ripmaster out of Kwik River around 6:45am. Currently 3+ miles down the trail, ~19 miles to Elim.
    • Beat Jegerlehner out of Koyuk around 3:40am. Currently nearly 8 miles down the trail, ~35 miles to Elim.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is stirring, at 12.3 miles to Kaltag.
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    10:30am AKST (11:30am AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski has left Topcock, 21.5 miles to Safety.
      Johnson's Camp: 10am (AKDT), 5 knots NW, -1F (-18C), windchill -13F.
      Nome: 11am (AKDT), 2 knots N, gusting 4, 2F (-17C).
    • Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe and Toni Lund logging track-points just West of Elim. Craig Bullen's last is old and on the West edge of town; likely with them.
    • Peter Ripmaster moving around 3 miles shy of Moses Point, showing 13.8 miles to Elim.
    • Beat Jegerlehner moving maybe ~4 miles shy of Kwik River, showing 27.5 miles to Elim.
    • Klaus Schweinberger moving with under nine miles to Kaltag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    The trail from McG to Takotna is heavily traveled, for many reasons, and would not be a concern for ITI racers. Leaving Takotna and heading to Ophir should be fine, too. It's beyond Ophir that's the concern.
    It turned out there was a pretty good trail from Takotna to Shageluk - some "antler traders" with big sleds had taken the southern route to the Yukon, and then headed south, followed by some German tourists on big machines touring the southern route. I think Jay had a rideable trail all the way to Grayling, then a semi-rideable trail after that until the first snow storm hit. Apparently Grayling to Kaltag gets a fair bit of traffic these days, and there was a trail before the first storm hit, and a bit of a trail after that.

    I waited a solid extra day in McGrath, as I was pretty sure the trail would be junk and I would end up waiting for the trail breakers pretty early on. Which would have been a long wait. Boy was I wrong..

    Almost all the southern route was rideable for me when I passed though, except for a few of the higher areas between Iditarod and Shageluk, and the area just outside Iditarod. But after Shageluk the trail was gone, and we had to wait for the trail breakers. I think I only walked 20 miles or so of the Yukon, and that was mostly due to the wind blowing in the trail.

    I think in the last 5 to 10 years snow machines have improved so much folks are not hesitating to take them out on pretty remote trips these days, and we saw lots (and lots!) of mushing spectating traffic from folks touring the trail.

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    1:45pm AKST (2:45pm AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski has left Topcock, showing 16.4 miles to Safety. Nearing the location where Jonson's Camp is listed.
      Johnson's Camp: 2:00pm (AKDT), 1 knots WNW, 8F (-13C).
      Nome: 2:53pm (AKDT), 2 knots E, gusting 4, 8F (-13C), light snow, fog, visibility 0.75 miles.
    • Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe,Toni Lund and Craig Bullen going overland out of Elim have almost finished the climb up and out of Quiktalik Creek. Next is the loop to the North around Walla Walla Creek on the way to Golovin. Showing 37.9 miles to White Mountain.
    • Peter Ripmaster moving, nearing halfway from Moses Point to Elim, showing 5.7 miles to Elim.
    • Beat Jegerlehner showing at Kwik River since 12:32pm.
    • Klaus Schweinberger moving with under five miles to Kaltag.
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    Latest clear sat image of sea ice.
    March 16, 2018

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    12:40am AKST (1:40am AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski passed Safety for Nome around 11:30pm. Currently showing 20.9 miles to Nome. He stopped for around an hour ~8pm, right at the widening of Safety Sound.
      Johnson's Camp: 12:00am (AKDT), 2 knots ESE, 17F (-8C).
      Nome: 1:30am (AKDT), 6 knots ENE, 16F (-9C), windchill 6F.
    • Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe,Toni Lund and Craig Bullen appear to have stopped around three hours ago, shortly after completing the loop to the North around Walla Walla Creek on the way to Golovin. Showing 29.9 miles to White Mountain.
    • Peter Ripmaster arrived at Elim around 3:40pm. He left around 5:30pm and arrived in Walla Walla around 8:40pm. He took a route on the sea ice along the shore to Walla Walla, but with an exit from Elim tight to the shore.
    • Beat Jegerlehner showing on the move over halfway from Moses Point to Elim, 3.8 miles to Elim, after taking an hour & 10 break a few thousand feet West of the Moses Point airport.
      Elim: 1:35 am (AKDT), 6 knots NE, 16F (-9C), windchill 6F, light snow, vis 9 miles.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is in Kaltag.
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    Nome cam is up and on the finish, if the finish is a little bare.
    Nome cam
    Still lots of snow.
    Would have thought they'd leave it up for the tourists.

    Iditarod Trail Invitational 2018-nomecam-bare-finish.jpg
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    4:00am AKST (6:00am AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski passed Safety for Nome around 11:30pm, stopped at 1:15am on Council Road along Safety Sound (oddly, the trackpoints at 1:30 showed him moving). Then started out at 2:00am, moved ~4500', then stopped for ~40 minutes. Currently showing moving with 18.9 miles to Nome.
      Johnson's Camp: 4:00am (AKDT), 5 knots E, 20F (-7C), windchill 12F.
      Nome: 5:05am (AKDT), 9 knots ENE, 19F (-7C), windchill 8F.
    • Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe,Toni Lund and Craig Bullen still stopped showing 29.9 miles to White Mountain.
    • Peter Ripmaster in Walla Walla.
    • Beat Jegerlehner arrived at Elim just after 2am.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is in Kaltag.


    Nome, Mar 21: WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM AKDT THURSDAY.
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    7:00am AKST (8:00am AKDT)

    Troy Szczurkowski rounded Cape Nome. Last track-point five minutes ago, travelling at 0.3 mph, 11.4 miles to Nome. TP @7:00 at same point.
    Update: 7:05am and 1.3 mph.

    Nome: 7:53am (AKDT), 13 knots E, gusting 17, 19F (-7C), windchill 4F, light snow, fog, visibility 1.75 miles.

    Nome, Mar 21: WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM AKDT THURSDAY.

    Peter Ripmaster is stirring in Walla Walla.

    Elim: 7:56am (AKDT) 10F (-12C).
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    9:30am AKST (10:30am AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski on the last stretch for Nome, showing 9.2 miles to Nome at 0.7 mph.
      Nome: 10:30am (AKDT), 18 knots E, 19F (-7C), windchill 3F, mixed precip., fog, visibility 1.75 miles.
    • Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe,Toni Lund and Craig Bullen started out West of Walla Walla around 7:20am, nearly at the top before the descent to Golovnin Bay. Showing ~26 miles to White Mountain.
    • Peter Ripmaster coming up behind them after leaving Walla Walla just after 7am. Showing 29 miles to White Mountain.
    • Beat Jegerlehner in Elim.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is in Kaltag.


    Nome, Mar 21: WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM AKDT THURSDAY.
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    12 noon AKST (13:00pm AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski on the last stretch for Nome, showing 5.2 miles to Nome. Various speeds.
      Nome: 12:55pm (AKDT), 19 knots E, 19F (-7C), windchill 2F, light snow, visibility 1 mile.
    • Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe,Toni Lund and Craig Bullen moving North of McKinley Creek stop, Golovin next, showing 22.1 miles to White Mountain.
    • Peter Ripmaster coming up behind them, just reaching the trail choice point (McKinley Creek stop or North of), showing 23.7 miles to White Mountain.
    • Beat Jegerlehner in Elim.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is in Kaltag.


    Nome, Mar 21: WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM AKDT THURSDAY.
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    Troy Szczurkowski in at Nome.

    Third Place finish!

    Leaderboard has him finished at 23:22:39
    23 days, 22 hours, 39 minutes

    I don't have a Nome cam snapshot of him. If someone has that, please post.

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    1:10pm AKST (2:10pm AKDT)

    • Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe,Toni Lund and Craig Bullen descending to the bay, Golovin next, showing 19.4 miles to White Mountain.
    • Peter Ripmaster coming up behind them. Showing 20 miles White Mountain.
    • Beat Jegerlehner out of Elim around 11:55am, on land then tight to the shore. Showing 40.2 miles to White Mountain.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is in Kaltag.


    update: 1:11, TL at 18.9 and PR at 19.4. Half mile spread.
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    2:50pm AKST (3:50pm AKDT)

    • Looks like Kyle Durand, Adam Erritzoe,Toni Lund and Craig Bullen have just arrived in Golovin.
    • Peter Ripmaster still on the ice behind them, a little over 3,000' from Golovin.
    • Beat Jegerlehner on the ice, less than two miles to Walla Walla.
    • Klaus Schweinberger left Kaltag ~1:30pm. Showing 75 miles to Unalakleet.
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    1:00am AKST (2:00am AKDT)

    Party?

    • Beat Jegerlehner was off the sea ice and by Walla Walla ~9.5 hours ago. Then his track-points appear to follow the footsteps ahead of him, until ~12:30am he joined Adam Erritzoe, Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand, Toni Lund and Peter Ripmaster in Golovin.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is still walking, a little over six miles before Tripod Flats, showing 58.5 miles to Unalakleet.
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    9:00am AKST (10:00am AKDT)

    • Leaving Golovin between 6:43am and 7:30am, we have on the ice:
      • Kyle Durand, Craig Bullen & Toni Lund, in or around 7 miles to White Mountain (track-points random sample times don't allow us to know if they're travelling tight together or not),
      • Peter Ripmaster at 8.4 miles to White Mountain,
      • Adam Erritzoe with 9.8 miles to White Mountain,
    • Beat Jegerlehner in Golovin.
    • Klaus Schweinberger at Tripod Flats.


    Golovin: 18 knots from 120, 21F (-6C), windchill 5F.
    White Mountain: 12 knots from 110, 21F (-6C), windchill 8F.
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    12:30pm AKST (1:30pm AKDT)

    • Kyle Durand, Craig Bullen & Toni Lund, Adam Erritozoe and Peter Ripmaster got into White Mountain,
      Adam Erritzoe has already left, a couple of miles up the trail, showing 36.2 miles to Safety.
      Toni Lund shows one track-point back on the ice in front of White Mountain; too early to tell if he's just moving around or heading out.
    • Beat Jegerlehner left Golovin ~9:30am and is nearly off the ice showing 8.4 miles to White Mountain.
    • Klaus Schweinberger left Tripod Flats ~11am, showing 48.8 miles to Unalakleet.


    White Mountain: 13 knots ESE, 28F (-2C), windchill 16F.
    Unalakleet: 22 knots E, gusting 27, 25F (-4C), windchill 9F.

    update: 12:39, Toni has headed out too, over a mile up the trail.
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    It was interesting that Beat took a much more westerly route across the ice than anyone else.
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    3:30pm AKST (4:30pm AKDT)

    Everyone into White Mountain is out on the trail again.
    The trail seems to have acquired a bit of a parade on the westward leg out from White Mountain. (attached image)

    • Adam Erritzoe, 20 minutes old, 40.1 miles to Safety.
    • Toni Lund, ~4,000' back, also showing 40.1 miles to Safety.
    • Kyle Durand & Craig Bullen, maybe another 1,000' back, showing 41 miles to Safety.
    • Peter Ripmaster, another 2,000'+ back, also showing 41 miles to Safety.
    • Beat Jegerlehner has ~1,000' left to reach White Mountain.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is moving between Tripod Flats and Old Woman, showing 44.1 miles to Unalakleet.


    White Mountain: 18 knots SE, 30F (-1C), windchill 17F.
    Unalakleet: 33 knots E, 27F (-3C), windchill 9F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars_D View Post
    It was interesting that Beat took a much more westerly route across the ice than anyone else.
    Where?
    I'm not getting that from the track-points I see.
    Beat and Peter both took the sea ice from Elim to Walla Walla?
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    Hazy due to some thin cloud, but at least one of the three satellites got a newer image than the last visible March 16th.

    Seems to be a lot of pack ice got blown in along Topcock and Safety Sound. With the thin cloud, I'd not trust that there's not some open water in under there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    Hazy due to some thin cloud, but at least one of the three satellites got a newer image than the last visible March 16th.

    Seems to be a lot of pack ice got blown in along Topcock and Safety Sound. With the thin cloud, I'd not trust that there's not some open water in under there?

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    The trail is all on a barrier island, so the ice situation doesn't matter. It should be pretty fast riding from Topkok to Safety, unless the wind is blowing really hard. Then slow until the road is plowed 4 miles out, then fast again. But that is a long way out for them still, it looks like they are still in flats or the first rolling hills.

    from last year, I didn't take any photos of this section this year as it was dark:

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    Quote Originally Posted by spruceboy View Post
    The trail is all on a barrier island, so the ice situation doesn't matter...
    Understood.
    A few years back I was told the concern there is the risk of going off course onto thin ice, loose pack or open water, when you're exhausted, it's dark, wind and/or sun in your eyes, whiteout, etc..

    I have seen track-points leave the trail top and go onto the lagoon to the North and along the shore to the South.

    This year, the ice right next to Taylor Lagoon to Solomon river broke away and floated off sometime after Feb 27 as it's gone in the March 9 image (in a post above), taking away what buffer there was before open water. With this year's last clear image from March 16, and the latest March 22 image with thin cloud cover, and the Ice Desk not paying much attention to the ice next to the shore, who knows the current conditions along that shore.

    But of course no one is ever there when they're exhausted... it's never windy there... it doesn't snow & blow... never whiteout...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    Understood.
    A few years back I was told the concern there is the risk of going off course onto thin ice, loose pack or open water, when you're exhausted, it's dark, wind and/or sun in your eyes, whiteout, etc..

    I have seen track-points leave the trail top and go onto the lagoon to the North and along the shore to the South.

    This year, the ice right next to Taylor Lagoon to Solomon river broke away and floated off sometime after Feb 27 as it's gone in the March 9 image (in a post above), taking away what buffer there was before open water. With this year's last clear image from March 16, and the latest March 22 image with thin cloud cover, and the Ice Desk not paying much attention to the ice next to the shore, who knows the current conditions along that shore.

    But of course no one is ever there when they're exhausted... it's never windy there... it doesn't snow & blow... never whiteout...
    right?
    wrong?
    I just mean the trail is mostly on a strip of land so the ice conditions are not a big deal. It is possible the racers could wander out on the sea ice, but then they would be lost and way off course.

    Mostly it looks like this (2016):
    Iditarod Trail Invitational 2018-25144513084_8c5ad6929f_h.jpg

    And sometimes the ice gets pushed up on shore, and it looks like this (2017):
    Iditarod Trail Invitational 2018-33379211412_1fb31ea534_z.jpg

    I would be more concerned about wind in the blow hole.

    Hopefully they are having a nice walk, it looks like they are still in the hills before Topkok.

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    11:30pm AKST (12:30am AKDT)

    • Adam Erritzoe, 40 minutes old, shows all but completed the descent, ~1,000' to Topcock Cabin. Due to the age of the track-point, he's likely there.
      No idea why these trackers stop transmitting just before stops so often... as though physically stopping means it doesn't report that position and we're left with the prior track-point.
    • Peter Ripmaster shows in the middle of his descent to Topcock Cabin.
    • Toni Lund, Kyle Durand & Craig Bullen, are just reaching the top before Surprise Creek, then the top and the descent to Topcock.
    • Beat Jegerlehner left White Mountain just after 9pm. Currently on the westward leg, showing 42.1 miles to Safety.
    • Klaus Schweinberger's latest track-point is showing as way past Old Woman Cabin, showing 12.5 miles to Unalakleet, moving 25.9 mph.
      Looking back, at 10:24pm he was at route mile 675, just to the East of the river before Old Woman Cabin, moving 1.8 mph.
      Next point is at 10:29pm, a mile up the trail at Old Woman Cabin, at 11.5 mph. Then 1.5 miles up the trail at 17.7 mph. Nine more track-points take him to the latest above.


    White Mountain: 13 knots SE, 23F (-5C), windchill 10F.
    Johnson's Camp: 13 knots SE, 26F (-3C), windchill 14F.
    Nome: 13 knots ESE, 25F (-4C), windchill 13F, light snow, fog, visibility 4 miles.
    Unalakleet: 12 knots ENE, 27F (-3C), windchill 16F, 24HR gust 52 mph.

    update:
    Klaus Schweinberger 12:00am, in Unalakleet.
    Peter Ripmaster 12:02am, at Topcock Cabin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spruceboy View Post
    ... It is possible the racers could wander out on the sea ice, but then they would be lost and way off course...
    But that is the danger. (kinda hard to not notice climbing over a wall of ice pushed up on shore, but other years)
    And depending on when the solid ice ends and thin or water begins, not necessarily need to be so far off course?

    From 2016.

    Iditarod Trail Invitational 2018-topkok-safety-2016-track-points-ice-2016-03-27-22.33-utc.jpg
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    7:00am AKST (8:00am AKDT)

    • Adam Erritzoe likely atTopcock Cabin.
    • Peter Ripmaster, Kyle Durand & Craig Bullen are at Topcock.
    • Beat Jegerlehner paused for maybe an hour at the end of the westward leg, a little after 1am, then carried on through the night. Paused for a half hour before the last climb to the top, and is currently ~1000' shy of the top before the descent to Topcock.
    • Toni Lund stopped on the trail around 10pm last night. Moved around some at 11:15pm. Started out back on the trail just after 6:30am. Currently near the top before the descent to Topcock.
    • Klaus Schweinberger shows in Unalakleet, after arriving there in a rush yesterday.


    Johnson's Camp: 5 knots SSE, 24F (-4C), windchill 17F.
    Nome: 9 knots ESE, 18F (-8C), windchill 6F, 24hr gust 38 mph.

    update: 7:35am, Adam Erritzoe out for Safety.
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    This year's ice.

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    it looks like Adam is riding now, so hopefully he will ride most of the way into Nome. The trail is (normally at least in my experience) blown free of snow until after Safety, so hopefully he will ride until a few miles before the cape of Nome.

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    12 noon AKST (1:00pm AKDT)

    • Adam Erritzoe is over halfway from Topcock Cabin to Safety, 8.1 miles to Safety.
    • Peter Ripmaster left Topcock ~9am, showing 14.4 miles to safety.
      Kyle Durand & Craig Bullen left Topcock ~10:45am, just past Taylor Lagoon, in the order of 19.6 miles to Safety.
    • Beat Jegerlehner got into Safety ~9:15am and Toni Lund around 10am.
    • Klaus Schweinberger logged at Unalakleet airport at 9:24am.
      (tracking shows he took a shortcut from the Unalakleet airport ~10:24am across Norton Sound, arriving at Nome airport at 11:28am - while travelling 2 mph the whole way...)


    Johnson's Camp: has disappeared - no more reports.
    Nome: 13 knots E, 19F (-7C), windchill 5F.
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    1:30pm AKST (2:30pm AKDT)

    Another update, just 'cause it's neat to see everyone on the trail on the same leg, Topcock to Safety.

    • Adam Erritzoe is less than 1.5 miles to Safety.
    • Peter Ripmaster has 11.3 miles.
    • Kyle Durand & Craig Bullen have 13.4 miles.
    • Toni Lund headed out ~12:50pm, showing 20.7 miles.
    • Beat Jegerlehner headed out 1:02pm, showing 21.5 miles.


    Johnson's Camp still AWOL.
    Nome: 13 knots E, 23F (-5C), windchill 10F.
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    4:00pm AKST (5:00pm AKDT)

    • Adam Erritzoe is rounding Cape Nome, 12.6 miles to Nome!
    • Peter Ripmaster has 4.1 miles to Safety.
    • Kyle Durand & Craig Bullen have 8.1 miles to Safety.
    • Toni Lund 13.1 miles to Safety.
    • Beat Jegerlehner15.4 miles to Safety.

    Johnson's Camp still AWOL.
    Nome: 15 knots E, 23F (-5C), windchill 9F.

    Nome web cam is up and still on the finish.
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    Has someone been letting dogs ride their bikes?

    on facebook.com/iditarodtrailinvitational/ today

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    Adam Erritzoe in at Nome
    web cam snapshot at 19:49:59 AKDT
    18:49:59 AKST

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    7:00pm AKST (8:00pm AKDT)

    • Peter Ripmaster, Kyle Durand & Craig Bullen are at Safety.
      22.3 miles to Nome.
    • Toni Lund has 6 miles to go to Safety.
    • Beat Jegerlehner's last track-point was at 6:15, 10.1 miles to Safety.

    Johnson's Camp still AWOL.
    Nome: 15 knots E, 26F (-3C), windchill 13F.

    update: 7:07pm, looks like Peter has just headed out for Nome (showing at less than 500' from Safety).
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    Craig Bullen & Kyle Durand finish at Nome!

    web cam snapshot at 2:41:59 am AKDT
    1:41:59 am AKST

    (got them in two frames before they moved out of frame to the right for photos...)

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    1:50am AKST (2:50am AKDT)

    • Peter Ripmaster on final to Nome!
      5.2 miles to finish.
    • Toni Lund at Safety since 9:05pm.
    • Beat Jegerlehner's last track-point was at 6:15pm, 10.1 miles to Safety.

    Johnson's Camp still AWOL.
    Nome: 15 knots E, 22F (-6C), windchill 8F.
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    Peter Ripmaster finished in Nome

    web cam timestamp 4:46:59 am AKDT
    3:46:59 AKST

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    4:00am AKST (5:00am AKDT)

    • Toni Lund left Safety for Nome at 2:49am.
      Currently 18.2 miles to finish.
    • Beat Jegerlehner started out again at 2:48am, from 10.1 miles to Safety.
      Currently 7.2 miles from Safety.

    Johnson's Camp still AWOL.
    Nome: 11 knots ESE, 23F (-5C), windchill 11F.
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    7:00am AKST (8:00am AKDT)

    • Toni Lund on final to Nome, 9.2 miles to Finish.
    • Beat Jegerlehner < 300' from Safety.

    Johnson's Camp still AWOL.
    Nome: 11 knots E4, 25F (-4C), windchill 13F.
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    Toni Lund in at Nome.

    web cam snapshot at 10:13:59am AKDT
    9:13:59am AKST

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    9:20am AKST (10:20am AKDT)

    Beat Jegerlehner left Safety at 7:39am, heading for Nome!
    Currently nearing the West end of Safety Sound before Cape Nome, showing 18.2 miles to Nome.

    (9:35am AKST) Nome: 15 knots E, 25F (-4C), windchill 14F, fog, visibility 4 miles.
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    2:15pm AKST (3:15pm AKDT)

    Beat Jegerlehner showing 5.2 miles left to the finish in Nome!

    Nome: 17 knots E, 25F (-4C), windchill 11F, fog, visibility 1.75 miles.

    Nome cam no longer shows the finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    Another MUST read.

    It's real out there.

    https://craigmedred.news/2018/03/17/two-saved/

    When a trio of Iditarod Trail fat-tire cyclists fighting their way through a Seward Peninsula ground blizzard in the dark of the early moring Friday stumbled upon two mushers huddled behind dog sleds, they thought for a moment the worst.... Nobody stops in the blowhole. ... Behind the sleds, tucked down as best one could tuck down, they found two Iditarod mushers. ... “We tried to get them up,” Hofstetter said. He warned them “you got to get moving. You can’t stop.”...
    More on the events along Safety beach.
    More details on how things can go wrong in the wind & cold.

    But there was other key performers overlooked, most especially 34-year-old Monica Zappa from Kasilof who with an assist from 47-year-old Brett Bruggeman, an endodontist from Great Falls, Mont., came first to Lanier’s aid.
    ...
    “‘I didn’t think I was going to die,’ Janssen explained to The Washington Post. ‘I knew I was going to die if someone didn’t come along.'”



    https://craigmedred.news/2018/03/23/fog-of-iditarod/
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    This was a great thread, Canoe!!! Thanks for starting it and maintaining it.

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    You're welcome.
    Stops me from being lazy and not keeping an eye on what's going on.
    The stores people provide are always educational and interesting.
    And the photos we get back show some amazing scenery.

    Tons more info on the various story links in the first post...
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    If folks will forgive the blog spam and a bit of thread necromancy, my writeup from the 2018 ITI can be found here:
    https://yak.spruceboy.net/2018/09/id...18-part-1.html
    https://yak.spruceboy.net/2018/09/id...18-part-2.html
    https://yak.spruceboy.net/2018/09/id...18-part-3.html

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    Great write up, thanks for sharing!

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