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    Iditarod Trail Invitational 2018

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    February 25, 2018

    (edit) See weather (METAR) readings, and cam snapshots from airports along the way.
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    Ice may be a little iffy.

    Feb 4, 2018 sat image
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    Note the grey, not white, of the ice heading out to Koyuk.

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    Feb 21, 2018 pack ice map
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    Last March (March 9, 2017)

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    All this snow we are getting right now is going to make for a slow start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ-AK View Post
    All this snow we are getting right now is going to make for a slow start.
    It'll be fine.

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    Iditasport is going on right now and racers should be approaching McGrath...They had a wet and snowy day or day and a half...was above freezing in Nicolai and McGrath today most of the time, mind-blowing for Alaska.
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    I hear it's like 50* above normal. Is that true?
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    I was not aware of the Iditasport race? A little friendly or not so friendly competition to the Iditarod??
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    What impact will the Iditasport have on the Iditarod? With their supported course will there be more of a broken-in trail for the Iditarod racers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkerik View Post
    I hear it's like 50* above normal. Is that true?
    Not quite 50, given that the 34-35 degrees yesterday was during the daytime, but at least 30 or so. It's more normal to encounter temps plunging below zero through the pass and into the interior at this time of the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farleybob View Post
    What impact will the Iditasport have on the Iditarod? With their supported course will there be more of a broken-in trail for the Iditarod racers?
    Weather is the deciding factor, cold temps will help new snow settle, snowmachine traffic will help to pack it in, as the Iron Dog race kicked off last weekend, but it snowed some in the last couple days and that really is the defining factor. Wind can drift snow and deposit it like a storm. Just too much variability to say that there'd be any help with previous bike traffic. Most likely no due to it not being very cold and snowing some.
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    trackleaders.com/iti18
    Is populated now, listing 69 athletes as PRE-START.
    Shows the event as starting in 6.5 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    trackleaders.com/iti18
    Is populated now, listing 69 athletes as PRE-START.
    Shows the event as starting in 6.5 hours.
    What's the weather forecast? Current trail conditions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by farleybob View Post
    What's the weather forecast? Current trail conditions?
    I've no idea on trail conditions. See Jayem's post two above. Hopefully someone there can post.

    See weather readings, and cam snapshots from airports along the way. Zoom to the area, click on an airport. avcams.faa.gov

    For example, Willow is showing:
    25 Feb 2018 09:20 WIND N/A / DIR N/A / TEMP -7.9F / RH 76.9%

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    Skwentna
    25 Feb 2018 09:20 WIND 002 kts / DIR 183 / TEMP -0.2F / RH 82.2%

    Puntilla Lake
    25 Feb 2018 09:30 WIND 020 kts / DIR 333 / TEMP 6.7F / RH 63.3%

    Rohn
    25 Feb 2018 09:30 WIND 004 kts / DIR 297 / TEMP 6.8F / RH 83.5%

    For some reason, sites with METAR aren't providing that data on the webpage for me this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post

    For some reason, sites with METAR aren't providing that data on the webpage for me this year.

    Saw that last week, something is jacked up. There's a new beta test site that only works in chrome, but offers historical weather cam pictures within about a day, so you can see if someone maybe rode by at the right time.

    It's likely to be a little cooler right now, weather has cleared out which usually results in clear nights and more radiation from the ground, which means more cooling. Haven't checked any forecasts though so I don't know what's coming. Usually weather hits Bethel/Nome first, so whatever is happening there can give you a good idea, unless a very strong high gets established over south central Alaska. Whatever happens in Bethel is usually about 2 days before Anchorage gets the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    ... There's a new beta test site that only works in chrome, but offers historical weather cam pictures within about a day, so you can see if someone maybe rode by at the right time...
    I'd been using that site since 2016. This year, more features on the map, but METAR data not coming through.

    Wish they fed video. As it's only snapshots, there's only a few I've caught at the right time, and end up assuming it's them due to the absence of seeing anyone there before or after they went by.

    Like here 2016 Iditarod post

    Drove me nuts one time as someone rode into Golovin, stayed a while, and was back and forth a number of times right in front of the camera, just not right at the time the snapshots were taken.
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    And they're off!

    Race started!

    (note: due to different times of the GPS position track logging, when the Latest Locations on the map are so close together, their relative position doesn't necessarily show who is ahead of who...)

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    34 minutes, in

    Before the race started, one tracker was showing a stationary position way to the West of the start. Green marker on the lower track map. At least it started moving after the start and is logging track points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    I'd been using that site since 2016. This year, more features on the map, but METAR data not coming through.

    Wish they fed video. As it's only snapshots, there's only a few I've caught at the right time, and end up assuming it's them due to the absence of seeing anyone there before or after they went by.

    Like here 2016 Iditarod post

    Drove me nuts one time as someone rode into Golovin, stayed a while, and was back and forth a number of times right in front of the camera, just not right at the time the snapshots were taken.
    It's amazing that we get what we do from villages that are cut off from the rest of the world, there are huge connectivity/power issues a lot of the time, so a few stations will constantly be offline or a component won't work. In the near future, we'll be seeing a new weather unit integrated with the FAA cams, which is a much smaller and compact version of the AWOS/ASOS stuff. The hope is it'll be more reliable and give weather information for more locations, although it may not offer as many weather parameters. Current weather cams take pictures every 10 or so minutes apart, so yeah, you have to be in the right place at the right time, but I've seen some interesting stuff over the years on em.

    Supposedly a big weather storm is approaching Southcentral, up to 9" of snow here, which means locally higher in the mountains. Seems bright and sunny, but we'll see. Again, I haven't looked into the weather forecast very hard, but the warm wet storms usually come from the south pushing up, the colder ones usually from the west.

    https://www.weather.gov/aawu/sigwx

    Looks like it's just starting to hit Western Alaska right now and headed for the lower interior, right where the racers will be. It's a pretty tightly wound up low with what looks like a good warm front out ahead, depicted as an occluded front, but possibly with the capacity to kick up a bunch of moisture, the cold front depicted looks to be a result of cyclogenisis and appears a lot further back than what I'd say is shown https://www.weather.gov/aawu/ but the last frame looks like the low is kind of "stretching out", resulting in the first one with the occluded front and maybe a 2nd more well defined one coming in right after. Be interesting to see. I only have a layman's education in meteorology.
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    Does anyone know why halfish of the racers headed south down to Ayershire Road?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sryanak View Post
    Does anyone know why halfish of the racers headed south down to Ayershire Road?
    All of the cyclist do this, the other racers should be the runners/skiers. I think it's to seperate the traffic out and get them ahead without clogging up the trail, the trail isn't exactly super-wide at points initially, unlike out before flathorn where it widens out. You got racers towing sleds all over the place and skiers on skinny skis that tend to use up a lot of the trail. They did the same thing last year and as I understand it, it's standard for the race.

    Last year myself and a friend rode out on the actual trail out ahead, the one the runners use, then we went south to Ayershire and joined the bike route, out to the party at Flathorn, which turned out to be a real long day because while we had some fun sections of trail, the ride out from the public-use area on Ayershire to Flathorn was very soft and slow, and we tried to jam to get out ahead of everyone. That ended up being a long day.

    On the Iditarod trail last year somewhere around Big Lake:

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    Party at Flathorn:

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    Early Raceflow for the 1000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sryanak View Post
    Does anyone know why halfish of the racers headed south down to Ayershire Road?

    Because road is faster (less energy output) than trail. You take any freebies while you can.

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    GPS tracking shows:
    Neil Beltchenko (350) into Skwentna by 10 hrs 41 min.
    Clinton Hodges III (350) into Skewntna by 11 hrs 6 min.
    Jay Petervary (1000) into Skwentna by 10 hrs 43 min.

    Leaderboard has Jay in at Skwentna clocked at 10:38.

    Tracking is not showing anyone else at Skwentna yet, but seven are less than 10 miles to go.

    Tracking also shows Jeff Brandner got in at Yentna by 7 hrs 37 min, left Yentna, logged on the trail at 9 hrs 3 min, got two bends up the river (farthest logged is ~2.9 miles), then returned to Yentna, there briefly, logged back on the trail at 10hrs 3min. We'll see if we get that story.
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    Neil Beltchenko shows as first in at Finger Lake, leaderboard says 17 hrs 30 min.
    Raceflow shows Clinton Hodges III almost there (last track says 1.6 miles to go).
    Jay Petervary and Jussi Karjalainen show as less than 10 miles out.

    At lot of trackers have their last report logged as quite old. From several minutes to several hours.
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    That Blackborow must be working well for Jay. Does anyone have any pictures of his rig loaded up and race ready?
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    Quote Originally Posted by farleybob View Post
    That Blackborow must be working well for Jay. Does anyone have any pictures of his rig loaded up and race ready?
    We'll see, doesn't look like he's left finger lake yet, Clint and Neil are showing around 5-6mph, which is good progress. Looks like it's snowing up ahead, so it'll be real interesting to see what happens in the next 24 hours. Blizzardy-drifting snow here in ANC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farleybob View Post
    That Blackborow must be working well for Jay. Does anyone have any pictures of his rig loaded up and race ready?

    He posted a ton on his Facebook page for sure interested to watch this and see Jay's final race report.
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    Neil Beltchenko into Puntilla, showing 23 hours 51 minutes.

    1930 ft. MSL (Puntilla Lake airport)
    26 Feb 2018 13:40 WIND 001 kts / DIR 99 / TEMP 14F / RH 68.9%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    Neil Beltchenko into Puntilla, showing 23 hours 51 minutes.

    1930 ft. MSL (Puntilla Lake airport)
    26 Feb 2018 13:40 WIND 001 kts / DIR 99 / TEMP 14F / RH 68.9%
    Neil showing 0.0 at the beginning of the gorge/pass and Clint/Jay bearing down, abet slowly. Impressive for Jay keeping that speed up on that bike. Definitely interested to see how it plays out.

    If he does well, that's going to put a serious dent in the "you need the shortest possible stays"-crowd....
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    Wind has sure picked up.

    Puntilla Lake now showing 21 kts
    26 Feb 2018 20:20 WIND 021 kts / DIR 300 / TEMP 9.9F / RH 50.6%

    Rohn
    26 Feb 2018 20:30 WIND 004 kts / DIR 186 / TEMP 8.7F / RH 74.3%

    Nikolai is 12 knots from 230, gusting to 18 knots
    PAFS 270501Z AUTO 23012G18KT 9SM -SN FEW048 OVC060 M12/M15 A2960 RMK AO2 SLP045 P0000 T11221150 FZRANO

    McGrath is 10 knots from 210
    PAMC 270453Z AUTO 21010KT 10SM BKN048 OVC055 M12/M16 A2961 RMK AO2 SLP036 T11171156 TSNO

    There's some wind blowing into Norton Sound. Shaktoolik showing 23 knots from 240, gusting to 27 knots
    PFSH 270456Z AUTO 24023G27KT 8SM OVC090 M10/M13 A2946 RMK AO2 PK WND 25029/0446 SLP977 T11001128 PWINO FZRANO $

    This gives an interesting visual of the winds in the region.

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    So what's the story with Jussi K. ?? Did he get off course on the pass?
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    Quote Originally Posted by farleybob View Post
    So what's the story with Jussi K. ?? Did he get off course on the pass?

    now that he's awake he's heading toward hellsgate. that's the way the iron dog slednecks go, so there is a (faint, probably buried) trail to follow. it's an easy turn to miss in the dark. adds ~30 miles to the stretch from puntilla to rohn.

    someone's wandering up the yentna now in a similar way, way past skwentna and making good time!

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    Mikesee, I marvel at how you guys find your way in those conditions! I imagine it's pretty easy to miss a trail marker in the dark with blowing snow! Does your GPS work on the pass?
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    Quote Originally Posted by farleybob View Post
    Mikesee, I marvel at how you guys find your way in those conditions! I imagine it's pretty easy to miss a trail marker in the dark with blowing snow! Does your GPS work on the pass?

    There can be a lot of serendipity involved on this route. With fresh snow covering the trail, you're often reduced to just following the tracks in front of you. The trail isn't always marked, and even when it is you can't depend on the markers to be there. Sometimes the wind blows them down, sometimes slednecks run them over, other times dog mushers pluck them for various reasons: Some use them as a "ski pole" to help propel the dogs, others pluck them to make it harder for those behind.

    The junction that Jussi missed is actually one of the more obvious turns in that there is a big fence right there -- almost like a snow fence for stopping drifts -- that's hard to miss. But again -- in the dark, with snow falling and the wind obscuring visibility -- it'd be pretty easy to miss. Especially for someone (like Jussi) that hadn't been there before. Made even worse by the fact that the fresh snow would make both the Iditarod and the Iron Dog trail look equally trafficked and hence equally appealing. If things (snow falling, wind gusting from the north, headlamp on low beam to conserve batteries) happened in just the right way, Jussi might not have even noticed there was a split. Given that he's continued down the much longer route for hours now, I'd guess this is what happened. No doubt he's wondering where everyone else vanished to...

    GPS works everywhere out there. But because the route is never in exactly the same place (in open areas especially -- it moves from storm to storm and year to year depending on how the ice freezes up and even how tall the willows have gotten over the summer) it's more of a vague reference than a guarantee to guide you. In this case, Jussi would certainly benefit if he had a track to refer to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    There can be a lot of serendipity involved on this route. With fresh snow covering the trail, you're often reduced to just following the tracks in front of you. The trail isn't always marked, and even when it is you can't depend on the markers to be there. Sometimes the wind blows them down, sometimes slednecks run them over, other times dog mushers pluck them for various reasons: Some use them as a "ski pole" to help propel the dogs, others pluck them to make it harder for those behind.

    The junction that Jussi missed is actually one of the more obvious turns in that there is a big fence right there -- almost like a snow fence for stopping drifts -- that's hard to miss. But again -- in the dark, with snow falling and the wind obscuring visibility -- it'd be pretty easy to miss. Especially for someone (like Jussi) that hadn't been there before. Made even worse by the fact that the fresh snow would make both the Iditarod and the Iron Dog trail look equally trafficked and hence equally appealing. If things (snow falling, wind gusting from the north, headlamp on low beam to conserve batteries) happened in just the right way, Jussi might not have even noticed there was a split. Given that he's continued down the much longer route for hours now, I'd guess this is what happened. No doubt he's wondering where everyone else vanished to...

    GPS works everywhere out there. But because the route is never in exactly the same place (in open areas especially -- it moves from storm to storm and year to year depending on how the ice freezes up and even how tall the willows have gotten over the summer) it's more of a vague reference than a guarantee to guide you. In this case, Jussi would certainly benefit if he had a track to refer to.

    Great information Mike! Once again, thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience here! I really appreciate the insight and expert analysis!
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    Looks like JK turned back, travelling under 2 mph.

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    It now looks like Jussi has reversed course. Does he have to climb back up to where he took the Iron Dog route to regain the main trail? Good luck Jussi K!! Bonus miles!

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    From the map/track:
    • Around six miles in, and the same back out.
    • From the trail at ~2400' he went up over 2880' near to 2960', then below 2640', then above 2740' before he turned around.
    • On the way back, moving less than 1 mph, he's not quite halfway back to the trail. He's just above 2800' again, will near 2960' before descending to the trail at 2400'.


    Then he has the climb over Rainy Pass (over 3350') and descend into Rohn at 1400'.

    Puntilla Lake
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    And Massimiliano Marta paused shortly after missing the turnoff to Skwentna, and is now continuing following Christoph Harreither's mis-track up the river...
    (I guess it looked like at least two people were ahead)

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    Neil Beltchenko is less than two miles shy of Bear Creek, with Clinton Hodges III, Jay Petervary and Casey Fagerquist on the straight behind him.
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    After a tour up the river for a little over three miles of the 5.5 miles that Christoph Harreither did, Massimiliano Marta is on his way back to the turnoff to Skwentna.

    Reminds me of the 2015 Hewitt Lake and Shell Lake tours.

    Jussi Karjalainen is back to where he previously camped, ~6000' from the trail.
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    And I see there was a third person up the river past the turn to Skwentna. Pierre-Yves Couteau (PY) appears to have been first when he went past the turnoff around 3:28 am. After getting a little over four miles up the river, he turned back and he missed the turnoff again around 7:00 am, going further East and taking the river up to the airport into Skwentna.

    CH went past the turnoff heading up river around 8:32 am, back at 12:16 pm.

    MM went past the turnoff around 2:07 pm, back and on the turnoff at 4:52 pm.

    Looking at the tracks at the river turnoff, CH missed seeing PC returning by around 20 minutes.

    So the river tour appears to have been PY, CH, then MM.

    So I'm running the replay in case there were any more...

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    Replay shows how close CH missed seeing PC (PY) returning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    Replay shows how close CH missed seeing PC (PY) returning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farleybob View Post
    Ha! That was close!
    Sure was. Minutes later, there was another brief chance as CH came out of the trail and onto the river again. You can see the dots for PC (PY) moving to the WSW: he was tucked up to the North of the channel next to, possibly blocked by, the trees. Wish I had a snapshot of the weather cams from that time; love to know the visibility then.
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    Raceflow for the 350 shows Jussi Karjalainen was third, then fourth, in the 350 before he took his break after heading off the trail.
    Once he started moving again, he was 7th, but on the wrong trail.
    Turned around and back on the trail again, he's positioned 12th.

    NG, CH, JP and CF are all heading NW on the straight before the turn to NE to Nikoli.

    So of course Nikoli is showing 10 knots from 270.
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    Jussi was most likely following Iditasport race markers and remnants of tire tracks and footprints. That race uses the Hells Gate/South fork route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKCheesehead View Post
    Jussi was most likely following Iditasport race markers and remnants of tire tracks and footprints. That race uses the Hells Gate/South fork route.
    mikesee was discussing this in #33 and #35 above.

    Replay shows that JK off onto the trail to Hells Gate at 10:06 pm.
    And the last bike through ahead of that was CF at 8:56 pm.
    Puntilla Lake logged 21 kts at 8:20, blowing right down that valley.
    So an hour later and as mikesee says in the dark with fresh snow and blowing snow.

    And in doing his research in considering the race, at some point he may have been looking at other race maps, and had that turn in the back of his head (I'm obviously speculating).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    ... MM went past the turnoff around 2:07 pm...
    Replay shows that PD was ~2000' behind him when MM went past the Skwentna turnoff. PD went as far as the Skwentna turnoff at 2:28 pm, then turned around and retraced a bit then paused, then continued back East and turned up the river route to Skwentna at 3:07 pm.

    PD got into Skwentna around 4:32 pm, MM around 5:15 pm.
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    Neil Beltchenko in at Nikolai, leaderboard showing a race time of 2:11:26.

    Eight riders shown on the NW straight to the turn to NE to Nikoli, but four of those trackers are showing as stale (over 3 hours old). Jay Petervary is behind Neil but Jay is the lead in the 1000 and that's over three hours old.
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    Neil Beltchenko in at McGrath, for the 350, with a time on the leader-board of 3:01:01.
    Around halfway across from Nikolai, he dodged to the South and on to McGrath.

    Jay Petervary and Clinton Hodges III are out from Nikolai, Jay just reaching the point where Neil dodged South, but Jay's GPS log is 17 minutes old.

    Casey Fagerquist made it in to Nikolai, Philip Hofstetter is around half way across the NE leg to Nikolai, and just approaching the turn from the NW straight to the NE leg is: Aaron Gardner, Jay Cable, Nina Gassler and Kevin Breitenbach.

    There's another ten riders who are either just out on the NW straight or about to join it.
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    Great Job Neil!! I can't wait to read his post race report to see how he packed his gear?! That bike looks half as loaded as most of the bikes I've seen in photos from the starting line! Where is the sleep system packed?

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    I have some credible reports that there were some very lightly loaded bikes. Just going to McGrath may mean a bit less stuff, but some in the race are rolling the dice, which can bite you if weather turns.
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    when he went by me (out on the trail cheering) it either looked like he was carrying an ultralight summer weight bag or no bag/pad at all..

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    Quote Originally Posted by farleybob View Post
    Great Job Neil!! I can't wait to read his post race report to see how he packed his gear?! That bike looks half as loaded as most of the bikes I've seen in photos from the starting line! Where is the sleep system packed?

    There was a saying that was popular in these events ~15 years ago, that the best racers were known by their small sleeping bags and their big alarm clocks. You have to cut sleep to go fast. You have to have light kit to go fast. It follows that you have to cut some corners, and take some risks, to go fast.

    Can't speak for Neil cuz I don't know what he packed. But he certainly didn't sleep much or for long. Didn't keep track -- did he even bivy, or were his stops all "inside"?

    Another way to be fast is to never need to unpack the bivy from the bike.

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    pretty sure all of his stops were inside.. and they certainly werent for very long.

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    With CF in, the top three in the 350 are.
    Leaderboard:
    • Neil Beltchenko 3:01:01
    • Clinton Hodges III 3:09:59
    • Casey Fagerquist 3:13:50


    In the 1000, Jay Petervary got into McGrath nearly five hours ago, showing at 3:04:51. From the raceflow chart, I'd estimate he's around 18 hours ahead of Philip Hofstetter, who is next behind him. Philip is out from Nikolai showing 23 miles to go to McGrath.

    And there's BP, DL, JB & JM, all on the NE leg into Nikolai, past the leg's halfway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    There was a saying that was popular in these events ~15 years ago, that the best racers were known by their small sleeping bags and their big alarm clocks. You have to cut sleep to go fast. You have to have light kit to go fast. It follows that you have to cut some corners, and take some risks, to go fast.

    Can't speak for Neil cuz I don't know what he packed. But he certainly didn't sleep much or for long. Didn't keep track -- did he even bivy, or were his stops all "inside"?

    Another way to be fast is to never need to unpack the bivy from the bike.
    I suppose one incentive to keep moving is knowing that a bivy is not an option! Elite racers like Neil can pull that off, pedestrian folks like me cannot comprehend heading out there without a backup plan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by farleybob View Post
    I suppose one incentive to keep moving is knowing that a bivy is not an option! Elite racers like Neil can pull that off, pedestrian folks like me cannot comprehend heading out there without a backup plan!

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    With a modicum of suffering (getting up early or riding into the wee hours, sometimes both) it's possible to do the whole thing to McGrath without sleeping outside. You have to plan your travel windows and have good luck with weather, not to mention understand that most others will be doing the same thing such that the checkpoints are busy/noisy. But it's doable.

    Many, many, many people show up to the start line never having used their bivy gear other than in their living room...

    ...and one year, swear to god, there was a well-heeled fella from NYC that showed up to race to Nome. Didn't want to carry his bivy gear the whole way, but wanted to race. So he shipped a box with a brand new North Face puffy jacket, puffy pants, puffy mitts, plus food, socks, batteries, etc... to *every* checkpoint. Couldn't believe it. Wouldn't have believed it had I not seen it myself. He quit after 30 miles. The rules dictate that you can only ship "expendables" to yourself, and that nothing is returned. Thus it became a *real* race for us dirtbags -- to get to each checkpoint first and loot his boxes to replace our worn down/beat up crap. His stuff still had the pricetags on it, which the faster guys wore like badges of honor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    With a modicum of suffering (getting up early or riding into the wee hours, sometimes both) it's possible to do the whole thing to McGrath without sleeping outside. You have to plan your travel windows and have good luck with weather, not to mention understand that most others will be doing the same thing such that the checkpoints are busy/noisy. But it's doable.

    Many, many, many people show up to the start line never having used their bivy gear other than in their living room...

    ...and one year, swear to god, there was a well-heeled fella from NYC that showed up to race to Nome. Didn't want to carry his bivy gear the whole way, but wanted to race. So he shipped a box with a brand new North Face puffy jacket, puffy pants, puffy mitts, plus food, socks, batteries, etc... to *every* checkpoint. Couldn't believe it. Wouldn't have believed it had I not seen it myself. He quit after 30 miles. The rules dictate that you can only ship "expendables" to yourself, and that nothing is returned. Thus it became a *real* race for us dirtbags -- to get to each checkpoint first and loot his boxes to replace our worn down/beat up crap. His stuff still had the pricetags on it, which the faster guys wore like badges of honor...
    That is a funny story! Its amazing what people throw themselves into not having a clue about it. Years ago, I had a couple German climbers come up to me at 10,200' on Denali who didn't know how to use their new stove that they just bought in Anchorage prior to flying onto the mountain. We got it sorted our through very poor communication, but I was surprised to say the least.

    Congratulations to Neil and Clinton and the others who are still on the trail. Great job on an outstanding adventure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Many, many, many people show up to the start line never having used their bivy gear other than in their living room...
    omg
    (yet, one of the best outdoor gear stores I ever saw was a collection of tents at a unnamed park on a trail at a beach, stocked by the rangers with the equipment first-timers would leave behind when they would bailout in the middle of the night (typically during a storm), leaving everything behind forever)

    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Thus it became a *real* race for us dirtbags -- to get to each checkpoint first and loot his boxes to replace our worn down/beat up crap. His stuff still had the pricetags on it, which the faster guys wore like badges of honor...
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    Why might he be idle for so long?

    https://trackleaders.com/iti18i.php?name=Jay_Petervary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    Why might he be idle for so long?

    https://trackleaders.com/iti18i.php?name=Jay_Petervary

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    He said there wasnt much of a trail out Mcgrath and he is taking the day to eat and rest up...

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    Don't know. Look at the Raceflow for 1000.
    Jay Petervary was in at McGrath 15.5 hours ahead of the cluster of KB, PH and JB, who now need rest before they head out. That's a meaningful lead.
    Nearing noon, it's sunny, clear, no wind and -6F/-21C.
    He has the experience to know when he's ready.
    His tracker did move a tiny bit an hour & 20 ago. Getting ready?
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    Looking at the log points on Raceflow, between Nikolai and McGrath they take on a very different character. Instead of smooth progress, there's jagged graph traces: shows a lot of stop-and-go? This corresponds to where the track points leave the "red" course on the map and make a dodge to the south before heading in to McGrath. So it looks like the last of the course into McGrath took a lot more work than usual.

    2018 to date/time, 350 then 1000. (the 1000 has a fourth track nearly mirroring the red).

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    Another example of the track character shown by raceflow: look at Jussi Karjalainen's effort on the 350 going down then back on the old-snowed fresh-snowed Irondog trail. Makes me wonder if he was riding, pushing, dragging or carrying his bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKCheesehead View Post
    He said there wasnt much of a trail out Mcgrath and he is taking the day to eat and rest up...
    Yep. Ive been following on the IG. Hes mentioned that there isnt much of a trail and hes going to hang out for a bit.

    That would be the hard part. Youre in a warm cabin hanging out, eating some good food and maybe having a couple beers. Youve got to have some damn good resolve to head back out for another 650 miles when there might not even be a trail to follow.

    More power to them.

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    wow
    Over 4.5 days since the start, it's 3:30 am, and there's seven people out showing mph and logging miles on the trail.
    Low or no wind and temperatures in the positive F.


    Tracking/leaderboard shows seven of the 350 in at McGrath:
    • Neil Beltchenko 3:01:01
    • Clinton Hodges III 3:09:59
    • Casey Fagerquist 3:13:50
    • Nina Gassler 3:21:02
    • Aaron Gardner 3:22:57
    • Ben Pysto 4:08:18
    • Jill Martindale 4:08:19
    • Jeff Brandner 4:08:21
    • Dan Lockery 4:08:23


    worth checking out www.iditarodtrailinvitational.com/news/ for some of the story
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    So no one is likely to move out of McGrath until after the trail breakers go by on Monday? I can see how that makes sense, but it's weird. Maybe this woulda been a good year to wear skis.

    On 2nd thought... I bet someone will leave early and plan for the trail breakers to pass them at a well-timed distance out of McGrath, giving them a decent head start on the others. I can just imagine trying to sneak out of town...

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    Looks like Jay Petervary and Philip Hofstetter took off for Takotna a little while ago . When I checked they were traveling at 3.9 mph, so I doubt they are pushing bikes.

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    Congrats to Nina Gassler for pulling it together after having her bike and all her gear stolen in Anchorage the night before the race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Co-opski View Post
    Congrats to Nina Gassler for pulling it together after having her bike and all her gear stolen in Anchorage the night before the race.
    Seriously? What a rock star!

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    Quote Originally Posted by radair View Post
    Seriously? What a rock star!
    It was posted on Nina's Facebook account (Feb. 23) that Greg from Speedway spent the night building up a new Fatback for her to use after hers was stolen after the meet and greet the day before the start. Kudos to Speedway (Greg, and shop crew) for getting this together for her. It was an orange and blue Fatback Corvus with HED wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rth009 View Post
    Looks like Jay Petervary and Philip Hofstetter took off for Takotna a little while ago . When I checked they were traveling at 3.9 mph, so I doubt they are pushing bikes.
    That was interesting!


    I don't know what to think about the following. The Full History of a person shows a number of track points (blue squares), but replaying the main map at slow speed shows a significant number of more points. Phil's Full History has him in McGrath, then the first point out of McGrath appears the NE at 10:06:15 am, where he heads SW back to the edge of McGrath before heading on the trail to Takotna. Replaying the tracks at slow speed provides the following...

    • 6:50 pm shows Phil out on the river making his way North:
      • at 10:50 pm he's gone around 1000'.
      • 12:50 am shows him on the far shore equal to the North of McGrath.
      • Around 3:50 am he's another 1000' North, drifting a little East.
      • At 6:50 am (over 12 hours from his start) he's ~4000' North of the resting location in McGrath.

    12 hours and 4000'???
    Given his Full History shows a point at rest in McGrath before this and the next one after this at 10:06 am to the NE of McGrath - with no points in between, are the above trackleaders' replay points/time true?

    I just replayed it again, and it gives similar times but different track points... essentially a straight line to the 10:06 track point. This I believe is an extrapolated track based on two widely time-separated points. The first replay appears to be an extrapolated track that missed the 10:06 track point.

    • ~9:35 am, Jay starts out, up to the North end of McGrath, then heads NE around 4 mph,
    • Jay and Phil show up with track points ~5000' to the NE of McGrath, somewhat after 10 am,
    • Both reverse and head back SW to the river,
    • Back on the river, both get on the usual track to the NW,
    • 10:50 am has Phil around 1000' behind Jay as they head to the NW,
    • With some variance in their track, they're on the red track on trackleaders map and moving well (~5 mph). Jay making the turn from NW to W around 11:15 with Phil around 2000' behind him.
    • Jay makes the turn to WSW ~11:50 am, Phil behind him but losing ground.
    • Moving 3 to 5 mph. Jay has one burst reporting 8.8 mph.


    Jay is in at Takotna around 3:00 pm (leaderboard says 5:00:56), with Phil around 9000' behind him.

    And while I was writing the above, Jay now shows as heading West ~4000' from Takotna and Phil is maybe ~4000' from arriving.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Co-opski View Post
    It was posted on Nina's Facebook account (Feb. 23) that Greg from Speedway spent the night building up a new Fatback for her to use after hers was stolen after the meet and greet the day before the start. Kudos to Speedway (Greg, and shop crew) for getting this together for her. It was an orange and blue Fatback Corvus with HED wheels.
    They posted it on the Anchorage fatbike page too, I believe it's an orange bike with orange pogies that got stolen. Way too many bikes have been stolen in the last year here...
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    Daylight pretty much. I can't get a response from avcams.faa.gov site, but from www.weather.gov/aawu I got:
    McGrath 0 knots, -8.9C (15.9F)
    Kaltag 0 knots, -10.6C (12.9F)
    We'll see who moves today.

    (edit)Did I not update?

    • Jay Petervary is well out of Tolstoi, Philip Hofstetter shown arriving.
    • Kevin Breitenback & Jay Cable are out of McGrath, well on their way to Takotna.
    • Tim Hewitt is out of Nikolai, Grant Morgan on the last leg in.
    • Scott Hoberg is still showing as stopped between Nikolai and McGrath. Tim should pass by there today.
    • Ten more showing as moving on the NW straight leg to Nikolai.
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    Will be interesting to see how Phil does overall, Jay is keeping the lead, but Phil is only around 13 miles behind and he's a pro at this race, done it many times and he's just riding home at this point, to his house in Nome Both are around a couple miles per hour right now.
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    7 days out!

    Out of McGrath on the 1000:
    • Jay Petervary is showing at mile 450, out of Big Yentna heading to Shageluk.
    • Philip Hofstetter next between Iditarod and Big Yentna.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback are ~8 miles to Moose Creek.
    • Troy Szczurkowski is over halfway from Takotna to Ophir.
    • Tony Lund, Kyle Durand & Adam Erritozoe are at Tokotna.
    • Tim Hewitt - first walker out of McGrath - is over halfway between McGrath and Takotna.


    Weather:
    • Nikolai 30F/-1.1C, 0 knots
    • McGrath 22F/-5.6C, 4 knots from 120
    • Shageluk 28F/-2.2C, 7 knots from 150
    • Kaltag 22F/-5.6C, 0 knots
    • Unalakleet 28F/-2.2C, 12 knots from 90
    • Shaktoolik 29F/-1.7C, 17 knots from 140
    • Koyuk 29F/-1.7C, 5 knots from 150
    • Elim 26F/-3.3C, 13 knots from 180, gusting 22
    • Golovin 27F/-3C, 23 knots from 150, gusting 29, not much visibility beyond 500 yards
    • White Mountain 27F/-3C, 15 knots from 130, gusting 24
    • Nome 27F/-2.8C, 15 knots from 140


    Last good sat images (27th) don't show a meaningful change from open water close to or at shore at Elim, Topcock to Safety. Wind blowing ice pack around in Norton has alternated between putting/taking fresh ice to/from shore, and has appeared to regularly break up any fresh ice. Shaktoolik to Koyuk looks good from satellite but don't rely upon that.
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    Man those are warm temps.
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    Out from McGrath, less than ten miles to ___________:
    • Jay Petervary to Anvik,
    • Philip Hofstetter to Shageluk, and
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback to Iditarod.


    Also out from McGrath:
    • Troy Szczurkowski is between Ophir and Tolstoi.
    • Behind him, Kyle Durand & Adam Erritozoe are currently stopped out of Ophir, next leg heads South.
    • Tim Hewitt is stopped between Takotna and Ophir.
    • Toni Lund is in Takotna.


    Fewer still on the trail to McGrath.
    • BJ and JT have less than six miles to go,
    • AG and LD have less than 15,
    • CH has headed out from Nikolai,
    • MD, JH & JD are in Nikolai,
    • KS has started the NE leg into Nikolai,
    • And TK is covering the rear, past Bear Creek on the leg to the turn to Nikolai.


    Approaching midnight...
    • Nikolai ~11pm 0 knots, 16F/-8.9C
    • McGrath ~11pm 7 knots from 130, 21F/-6.1C
    • Shageluk ~11pm 13 knots from 200, gusting 18, 30F/-1C
    • Anvik ~9pm 9 knots from 150, 26F/-3.3C
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    Jay P posted on FB awhile ago, sounds like lots of issues with drops...

    Thanks for keeping this updated makes it great to follow the race.
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    Thanks for keeping this updated makes it great to follow the race.
    There's a lot more info at:
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    ~2pm
    • Jay Petervary 2/3 from Anvik to Grayling,
    • Philip Hofstetter at Shageluk,
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback 1/3 from Iditarod to Big Yentna,
    • Adam Erritozoe, Kyle Durand & Troy Szczurkowski are past Tolstoi heading for Moose Creek,
    • Tim Hewitt is nearing halfway of Ophir to Tolstoi,
    • Toni Lund out of Takotna,
    • Peter Ripmaster is at Takotna,
    • Craig Bullen over halfway from McGrath to Takotna,
    • Beat Jegerlehner is 1/3 from McGrath to Tokotna.


    Also,
    • CH, JH, MD and KS are between Nikolai and McGrath, and
    • TK is on the short NE leg to Nikolai, ~6 miles out.


    2pm weather of note
    • Nikolai ~2pm 7 knots from 210, 28F/-2C
    • McGrath ~2pm 7 knots from 190, 30F/-1.1C
    • Shageluk ~2pm 11 knots from 210, 33F/0.6C
    • Anvik ~2pm 12 knots from 220, gusting 16, 34F/1.1C
    • Kaltag ~2pm 0 knots, 32F/0.0C


    And the trail is starting to go to the dogs.
    1,059 dogs.
    The mushers have all cleared Yentna. Several are into Rainy Pass, and two have left Rainy Pass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HEMIjer View Post
    Jay P posted on FB awhile ago, sounds like lots of issues with drops...
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    • Jay Petervary is just before Eagle Creek.
    • Philip Hofstetter is just before Grayling.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback are just after Shageluk.
    • Tim Hewitt stopped around 9pm last night, then started out again around 3am. Not too long after 6am he moved ahead of Adam Erritozoe, Kyle Durand & Troy Szczurkowski who were still stopped. They're now trailing Tim by around 2 miles, with Tim <18 out from Moose Creek.
    • Craig Bullen shows as resting just after Tolstoi.
    • Toni Lund is just before Tolstoi.
    • Peter Ripmaster is around halfway between Ophir and Tolstoi.
    • Beat Jegerlehner is around 1/3 out from Ophir to Tolstoi.


    Also,
    • KS is less than 15 miles to McGrath, and
    • TK is six miles out from Nikolai to McGrath.
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    ~7pm
    • Jay Petervary is past a 1/4 from Eagle Creek to Kaltag.
    • Philip Hofstetter shows at Grayling.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback shown at Shageluk.
    • Tim Hewitt and Kyle Durand shown as neck&neck 3.5 miles to Moose Creek,
    • Followed by Adam Erritozoe less than a mile behind them and Troy Szczurkowski showing ~3 miles behind them.
    • Craig Bullen, then Toni Lund, tracked out of Tolstoi heading for Moose Creek.
    • Peter Ripmaster stopped at Tolstoi.
    • Beat Jegerlehner stopped over halfway Ophir to Tolstoi.


    KS is moving ~5 miles out from McGrath, TK is moving 28.5 miles to McGrath.

    METAR max so far today:
    • Nikolai 32F, 6 knots
    • McGrath 31F, 13 knots
    • Shageluk 33F, 12 knots
    • Anvik 30F, 12 knots
    • Kaltag 29F, 6 knots
    • Unalakleet 30F, 20 knots
    • Shaktoolik 32F, 16 knots
    • Koyuk 33F, 6 knots
    • Elim history n/a, last 28F, 4 knots
    • Golovin 30F, 20 knots
    • White Mountain history n/a, current 28F, 7 knots
    • Nome 28F, 16
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    Jay has quite the gap on Phil. Damn.
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    Canoe, thanks for the links! This one has some info on his bike and how the ride differs from previous races: https://salsacycles.com/culture/jayp...ate_from_anvik

    Interesting stuff.

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    With the temperatures on the coast, and the wind moving ice around, I'm wondering if they'll have the same issue with water coming up through the ice like they had with the Iron Dog having to pause (at Unalakleet?). I haven't found more technical details on what/how that worked out.
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    The lead musher was in then out of Ophir before 5:00am this morning. Next checkpoint for them is Iditarod. So we'll shortly, if not already, have overlap with the 1000 mile.

    ~9am
    • Jay Petervary was off around 8am, currently 40 miles to Kaltag.
    • Philip Hofstetter stationary at Grayling.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback showing stationary, back at Shageluk after heading out then heading back ~19 hours ago.
    • Adam Erritozoe stationary at Iditarod.
    • Tim Hewitt is moving < 1.5 miles from Iditarod.
    • Kyle Durand and Troy Szczurkowski are heading to Iditarod around 11 miles out.
    • Craig Bullen, Toni Lund & Beat Jegerlehner show as stopped between Tolstoi and Moose Creek (right where Adam Erritozoe, Kyle Durand & Troy Szczurkowski where previously stopped when Tim passed them).
    • Peter Ripmaster shows as just having passed them, ~27 miles to go to Moose Creek.


    TK was up and moving towards McGrath, currently paused, less than 8 miles to the finish.
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    METAR max so far today:
    • Nikolai 36F, 5 knots
    • McGrath 32F, 6 knots
    • Shageluk 32F, 17 knots, gusting 23
    • Anvik 30F, 12 knots, gusting 17
    • Kaltag 28F, 6 knots
    • Unalakleet 32F, 16 knots
    • Shaktoolik 33F, 15 knots
    • Koyuk 32F, 9 knots
    • Elim history n/a, last 29F, 13 knots
    • Golovin 29F, 28 knots, gusting 32
    • White Mountain history n/a, last 27F, 19 knots, gusting 28
    • Nome 28F, 24 knots
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    Here is a link to my race report for the 350. I was a foot racer this year so it's not directly on point, but it may give you some feeling for what the conditions were like out there during part of the race.

    https://larsdanner.blogspot.com/2018...roduction.html
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    Ooh, thanks, I look forward to reading that!
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    Lars, amazing to get those invaluable personal accounts. Thanks much.

    The dog sled race just updated, showing the lead musher in at Iditarod at 20:28, so we've had overlap.

    ~9pm
    • Jay Petervary just in at Kaltag.
    • Philip Hofstetter out of Grayling, 1/3 of the way to Eagle Island.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback showing stationary out of Shageluk, and 17.6 miles to Anvik.
    • Adam Erritozoe and Kyle Durand stationary at Big Yentna.
    • Tim Hewitt is moving 4.5 miles shy of Big Yentna.
    • Close behind Tim is Troy Szczurkowski with 7.4 miles to Big Yentna.
    • Toni Lund and Craig Bullen are less than 1000' from Moose Creek (now showing 1054'...?).
    • Peter Ripmaster shows as 1.7 miles to go to Moose Creek.
    • Beat Jegerlehner shows 10.8 miles to Moose Creek.


    Toni and Craig were within 1000', then headed NNW?

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    Regarding race difficulty:

    The trail is created by the Iron Dog race. Without the machines going through, it would be impassible. But that race starts a week before the ITI. So from the minute the ITI starts the trail begins to disappear through the normal action of snow and wind. The front racers do a bit to restore the trail through their steps and pedals and the occasional snowmachine travelers help a bit as well. So, the middle of the pack usually has the easiest time. But by the time that the last few folks come, the trail has again begun to close up and is only really reopened by the dog sled trail breakers.
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    Thanks for the nicely written race report Lars. Great job on the race too!

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    Nice job.

    I saw that you went out to TN for the Barkley, so fun, I lived in Oak Ridge TN for twenty years, ran ultras all over the region, know the Barkley folks well, use to run in Frozen Head all the time.

    So, did you prefer running to riding on the ITI?
    I'm not convinced that riding is the most efficient or easiest. Foot travel is the simplest and often the most efficient, of course we are on a biking forum

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    Here is a link to my race report for the 350. I was a foot racer this year so it's not directly on point, but it may give you some feeling for what the conditions were like out there during part of the race.

    https://larsdanner.blogspot.com/2018...roduction.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Nice job.

    I saw that you went out to TN for the Barkley, so fun, I lived in Oak Ridge TN for twenty years, ran ultras all over the region, know the Barkley folks well, use to run in Frozen Head all the time.

    So, did you prefer running to riding on the ITI?
    I'm not convinced that riding is the most efficient or easiest. Foot travel is the simplest and often the most efficient, of course we are on a biking forum
    Biking is more efficient. The runners can stay in the lead only in very high snow years and only for about the first 165 miles (through Rainy Pass) after that the physics of wheels v. feet ensures that the bikers always win. The ride down the Dalzell Gorge in 2016 during the race was the best mountain biking I have ever done in my life. It was fun, beautiful, and exotic. The experiences of riding and doing it on foot are really too different to say which I prefer. The biking can be more thrilling, but also more frustrating. The foot race can be harder or easier in sections depending on conditions. Overall, I liked both modes but for different reasons. [P.S. I loved Frozen Head park and am going back again in the fall for the foot race there.]
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    Yeah, I could see the advantages when riding solid surfaces where you can maintain some speed.

    Frozen is awesome, the Barkley is quite the race, the Fun Lap is oh so fun
    Quote Originally Posted by Lars_D View Post
    Biking is more efficient. The runners can stay in the lead only in very high snow years and only for about the first 165 miles (through Rainy Pass) after that the physics of wheals v. feet ensures that the bikers always win. The ride down the Dalzell Gorge in 2016 during the race was the best mountain biking I have ever done in my life. It was fun, beautiful, and exotic. The experiences of riding and doing it on foot are really too different to say which I prefer. The biking can be more thrilling, but also more frustrating. The foot race can be harder or easier in sections depending on conditions. Overall, I liked both modes but for different reasons. [P.S. I loved Frozen Head park and am going back again in the fall for the foot race there.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars_D View Post
    Here is a link to my race report for the 350. I was a foot racer this year so it's not directly on point, but it may give you some feeling for what the conditions were like out there during part of the race.

    https://larsdanner.blogspot.com/2018...roduction.html
    Nice write-up, Lars! Congrats on finishing the 350 again.

    I participated in the 130 mile distance, and somehow even managed to find myself in first place (of the 130 mile racers) at the finish line in Finger Lake. I hope to finish up a race report from the perspective of an ITI rookie, Colorado resident, and first-time Alaska visitor, and will be sure to post a link once its finished.

    Irrespective of where I finished on the results list, it was an amazing experience. A truly incredible group of racers, race staff, and volunteers. Not to mention the kind locals providing food, moral support, and a warm place to crash for a couple of hours and dry some gear. For anyone who is thinking about racing in this event, I highly recommend taking the plunge if you have sufficient winter experience.

    It doesnt look like Ill be able to return to give the 350 a shot next year, but hopefully the stars will align in 2020. I know my thoughts will not stray far from the Iditarod Trail between now and then.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by DStaley View Post

    I participated in the 130 mile distance, and somehow even managed to find myself in first place (of the 130 mile racers) at the finish line in Finger Lake. I hope to finish up a race report from the perspective of an ITI rookie, Colorado resident, and first-time Alaska visitor, and will be sure to post a link once its finished.

    Irrespective of where I finished on the results list, it was an amazing experience. A truly incredible group of racers, race staff, and volunteers. Not to mention the kind locals providing food, moral support, and a warm place to crash for a couple of hours and dry some gear. For anyone who is thinking about racing in this event, I highly recommend taking the plunge if you have sufficient winter experience.

    It doesnt look like Ill be able to return to give the 350 a shot next year, but hopefully the stars will align in 2020. I know my thoughts will not stray far from the Iditarod Trail between now and then.

    Cheers,

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    Great work, Dennis! I plan to eventually get back on the trail on my bike, but I have a few more things to accomplish before I do so. In any case, I hope to see you out there in 2020.
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    My hat's off to runners, it seems like it'd be running through mashed potatoes or loose sand for a majority of it.
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    ~9pm
    • Jay Petervary is out of Kaltag, over halfway to Tripod Flats, currently ~60 miles to Unalakleet.
    • Philip Hofstetter has under nine miles left to Eagle Island.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback are ~2/3 of the way from Anvik to Grayling.
    • Adam Erritozoe and Kyle Durand are nearing halfway between Shageluk and Anvik.
    • Tim Hewitt is out of Shageluk, heading to Anvik, nearly quarter-way there.
    • Troy Szczurkowski shows as stationary at Shageluk.
    • Toni Lund and Craig Bullen are over 2/3 from Iditarod to Big Yentna, with Peter Ripmaster around the halfway, and Beat Jegerlehner around the quarter-way.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is out of McGrath, past Takotna and ~2/3 of the way to Ophir.


    I can't look at the weather as my source site isn't coughing up METAR data for any of the reporting sites.

    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    Toni and Craig were within 1000', then headed NNW?
    They shortly turned around and went back to the main trail. Then a short distance past Moose Creek, they reversed for a bit and then went off the trail to the stop. Must have been some interesting trail/weather conditions.
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    Beat Jegerlehner stopped for less than two hours and was back on the move again. Currently nine miles to go to Big Yentna.

    Everyone else is stopped.

    • Jay Petervary at Tripod Flats around a half hour ago.
    • Philip Hofstetter at 8.7 miles to Eagle Island.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback are in Grayling.
    • Kyle Durand pulled into Anvik around an hour ago.
    • Adam Erritozoe shows as stopped on the trail ~13 miles out from Anvik.
    • Tim Hewitt is stopped on the trail ~18 miles out from Anvik.
    • Troy Szczurkowski shows as stationary at Shageluk.
    • Toni Lund and Craig Bullen are in Big Yentna, with Peter Ripmaster having arrived there around 15 minutes ago.
    • Klaus Schweinberger in Ophir ~two hours ago.
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    Yesterday's Sea Ice Analysis
    The sea ice by Unalakleet is classed as 7-8 Tenths pack until North past Egavik, where it is classed as 9-10 Tenths pack to Shaktoolik and beyond.
    9-10 Tenths pack continues North around the corner into Norton Bay, and doesn't hit Fast Ice until past Ungalik (which is East of Reindeer Code and Little Mountain, where the race route goes from Shaktoolik to Little Mountain to Koyuk).


    Sat images
    Due to cloud cover, can't check for open water on the North side of Norton Sound. Scattered cloud over Unalakleet makes it difficult, but the 7-8 Tenths pack there looks an awful lot like open water to me.

    I haven't got METAR data yet, but surface maps suggest that temps have dropped some in Norton Sound from what they were a few days ago.
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    ~4:44am

    23 dog sleds are past Iditarod and one is past Shageluk.

    I see that the following are up and moving:
    • Philip Hofstetter
    • Adam Erritozoe
    • Tim Hewitt
    • Beat Jegerlehner

    Given the somewhat lower temperatures and the dog sleds moving through, I'm guessing that they're up and moving to take advantage of trails that are are somewhat easier to move on (or even find) than they've been in recent days.


    ~edit
    Phil was < 2 mph
    Adam was > 4 mph
    Tim & Beat were over 2 mph
    So trails for Adam, Tim and Beat had to have been better than recent days...
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    Easier source of weather observations.

    Alaska Aviation Weather Unit (AAWU)
    See weather observation data from airports in Alaska.
    www.weather.gov/aawu
    Then hover over "Current Conditions", then click on "Surface Observations (Map)".
    Click to check "Show popup on hover:".
    Zoom and hover on airport to see latest observations, 24 hr min/max.

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    ~10:30 am

    • Jay Petervary moving, just out of Tripod Flats.
    • Philip Hofstetter moving, just out of Eagle Island.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback are in Grayling.
    • Adam Erritozoe & Kyle Durand are in Anvik.
    • Tim Hewitt is ~7 miles out from Anvik.
    • Troy Szczurkowski left Shageluk, went North up the winter trail to the airport where he took a short break (right in line with the short taxi-way to the active; you can just make him out at rest through the trees in two frames of the west-cam) before going NW across the river.
    • Toni Lund, Craig Bullen, Beat Jegerlehner and Peter Ripmaster are in Big Yentna.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is moving out of Ophir.


    update
    Troy Szczurkowski crossed the Innoko River and headed North up its smaller West channel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    update
    Troy Szczurkowski crossed the Innoko River and headed North up its smaller West channel.
    Shortcut from Shageluk to Grayling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    Shortcut from Shageluk to Grayling?

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    Yes. I'm not "up" on the rules, but I thought you had to check in and out of every checkpoint? I.e. Anvik. I know that you can take any trail you want to transit between them, but you can't actually skip them.

    I might be out of date on that -- it's definitely the way things used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Yes. I'm not "up" on the rules, but I thought you had to check in and out of every checkpoint? I.e. Anvik. I know that you can take any trail you want to transit between them, but you can't actually skip them.

    I might be out of date on that -- it's definitely the way things used to be.
    Yes, the current Athlete's Guide says you have to pass through Anvik. There is no sign in sheet, but you have to go through each designated place.

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    He headed out around 9:30am, and stopped ~2:00pm, six miles NNW of Shageluk, ~eight mile course.
    Around an hour later and moving again, he's just logged two points, 2:58pm and 3:02, backtracking his route by around 850'.

    update
    And the next point is 3:07pm, heading West back towards his resting point.
    Then 3:12pm, around 600' West of his resting point.
    Next was 3:17pm, 30' North of the last.

    Where he headed West: the sat image shows a westward trail there over to another of the many loops of the river, so perhaps he was following where a sled had gone through there.

    And 3:32pm he's backtracked again, nearly 1400' East of his resting point.
    3:37pm, continuing to backtrack towards Shageluk.

    And Jay Petervary was in at Old Woman Cabin around 3:09pm.
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    ~4pm
    • Jay Petervary at Old Woman Cabin since ~3:09pm.
    • Philip Hofstetter moving, nearly 1/5 of the way from Eagle Island to Kaltag.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback showing recently paused, 1/5 of the way from Grayling to Eagle Island.
    • Adam Erritozoe & Kyle Durand are around 1/3 of the way from Anvik to Grayling.
    • Tim Hewitt has been at Anvik since a little after 1:00pm.
    • Troy Szczurkowski continues his backtrack towards Shageluk, after spending some time NNW up the river, making significantly better time returning that he did heading out.
    • Toni Lund & Craig Bullen are, and Beat Jegerlehner Peter Ripmaster nearly, past the halfway from Big Yentna to Shageluk.
    • Klaus Schweinberger out of Ophir, moving with less than 10 miles to Tolstoi.


    So of course Jay headed out for Unalakleet, logging his first point at 4:11pm.
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    Troy continues backtracking.

    Looks like Tim's tracker caught a plane at Holy Cross around 5:50pm, down to Aniak.
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    ~12:30am
    • Jay Petervary arrived at Unalakleet at 12:30am, race time of 12:10:30.
    • Philip Hofstetter resting, 3/10 of the way from Eagle Island to Kaltag.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback moving, less than 13 miles left to Eagle Island.
    • Adam Erritozoe & Kyle Durand are in Grayling.
    • Beat Jegerlehner, Craig Bullen, Peter Ripmaster, Toni Lund & Troy Szczurkowski are at Shageluk.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is in Tolstoi.


    Tim Hewitt shows down at Aniak airport.
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    March 9, 2018 sea ice

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    ~8:00am
    • Jay Petervary at Unalakleet.
    • Philip Hofstetter starting moving not too long after 2am, with some rests, currently ~37 miles to Kaltag.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback, after a rest during the night, started out just before 6:30am and are about to arrive at Eagle Island.
    • Adam Erritozoe & Kyle Durand are in Grayling.
    • Beat Jegerlehner, Craig Bullen, Peter Ripmaster, Toni Lund & Troy Szczurkowski are at Shageluk.
    • Klaus Schweinberger left Tolstoi around 5:10am this morning, currently ~35 miles from Moose Creek.


    Tim Hewitt still showing at Aniak airport.
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    ~9:00pm
    • Jay Petervary moving < 5 miles to Shaktoolik, over 100 mile lead.
    • Philip Hofstetter, moving < 3 miles to Kaltag.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback, moving < 22 miles to Kaltag.
    • Craig Bullen is past Grayling, moving < 52 miles to Eagle Island.
    • Adam Erritozoe, Kyle Durand, Toni Lund & Troy Szczurkowski are in Grayling.
    • Peter Ripmaster is moving, out of Anvik, ~17 miles to Grayling.
    • Beat Jegerlehner has left Anvik for Grayling some minutes ago.
    • Klaus Schweinberger moving ~12 miles from Moose Creek.
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    I know it was a slim chance, but I was hoping to catch Jay on the av web cams coming into Shaktoolik. The SE images at 21:32, 21:42 & 21:52 show his light on the way in. None of the images from the South cam or NW cam show him coming in, but to catch someone with snapshots every ten minutes is rare.

    His tracker's last report was 9:47:13pm, showing 5.1 mph less than 2000' to the edge of town, so he likely blew right past the cameras...
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    ~7:40am
    • Jay Petervary at Shaktoolik (tracker last reported just outside of town).
    • Philip Hofstetter moving > 5 mph!, a mile+ out of Kaltag heading for Unalakleet.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback, moving < 1 miles to Kaltag (5 & 6 mph!).
    • Craig Bullen is stopped ~4:20 hours ago, < 14 miles to Eagle Island.
    • Adam Erritozoe is moving 7.5 mph!, 28 miles to Eagle Island.
    • Toni Lund & Troy Szczurkowski, slightly old reports, are moving over 7 mph!, < 37 miles to Eagle Island.
    • Kyle Durand, Peter Ripmaster and Beat Jegerlehner are in Grayling.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is in Moose Creek.
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    Jay Petervary reached Little Mountain and has headed out again. With four tracking points it shows that instead of the usual NNE course he's headed out ENE towards Ungalik. I'm thinking this is due to the ice pack as reported in #108 above.
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    ~8:00pm
    • Jay Petervary has ~5 miles to go to Koyuk, travelling NNW. Shaktoolik showing -2F (-19C) 12 knots NNE, windchill -21F; Koyuk showing 7F (-14C) 6 knots NNW, windchill -6F.
    • Philip Hofstetter is past Old Woman with ~27 miles left to Unalakleet.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback are < 3 miles to Old Woman Cabin, ~37 miles left to Unalakleet.
    • Adam Erritozoe, Kyle Durand, Troy Szczurkowski & Toni Lund are moving on the river, ~40 miles to go to Kaltag.
    • Craig Bullen is also moving on the river, ~52 miles to Kaltag.
    • Peter Ripmaster is on the river with ~21 miles to Eagle Island.
    • Beat Jegerlehner on river with ~35 miles to Ealge Island.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is in Iditarod.


    Kaltag is showing 14F (-10C) 0 knots.

    Seems with so many sleds having passed them (pack the trail?) and colder temps, people are moving significantly faster today.
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    8:30pm and Jay is < 3 miles to Koyuk.
    We get our first look at the Sea Ice influenced route from Shaktoolik to Little Mountain to Koyuk.

    Iditarod Trail Invitational 2018-shaktoolik-koyuk-2018.jpg
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    Is it just sea-ice or where the previous tracks have been laid down by snow-machine? I'd think it's a little of both, right? As in, if there's no track, but the sea-ice is ok, you still aren't going that way?
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    I know I'd only go on the snow-machine track, and only as long as I felt it was safe. I'd not break a trail.

    I assume he's found and is on the majority/easiest track of the snow-machines.

    • The sat photos (few recent) show the reflection of water jutting into Norton Bay from Norton Sound.
    • In the images on Feb 4 to 5, you can see the difference between the Fast Ice in the bay vs. the Pack Ice. You can also see the pack ice moving out of the bay. (Feb 4 is in the first post of this thread)
    • After that, there's too much cloud cover to get a clear view to differentiate between Fast Ice against the shore and Pack Ice up against the Fast Ice.
    • On Feb 11 to 12, you can see a large piece of the Pack Ice has gone free and is moving out of the bay.
    • The March 10th image seems to suggest that the Pack Ice has frozen to the Fast Ice from Little mountain - BUT I Would Not Rely Upon That: the cloud cover could easily be making the Pack Ice there look better than it is. What matters is what those on the ground experienced in Ice Crossing determine.
    • I don't know where the IronDog had issues with water coming up over the ice. F
    • The Ice Desk shows the 9-10 Tenths pack ice going up past Shaktoolik, East into Norton Bay, past Little Mountain and East to Ungalik. That seems to reflect the Feb 4 & 5 images; I don't know if they have better sat images to use to confirm that, but their map for Norton Bay hasn't changed.


    I imagine we'll get a better idea if Jay posts something on the subject once he's in Koyuk.

    I've done some overlays of Jay's track. Will post.
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    Overlay of Jay's 2018 track from Shaktoolik to near Koyuk.

    (rough fits, due to different projections)

    Onto Sunday March 11, 2018 Ice Desk Sea Ice Concentration.

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    Onto Feb 8, 2018 sat image.

    Iditarod Trail Invitational 2018-jay-track-feb-8-2018-ice.jpg


    Onto March 10, 2018 sat image.

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    noon
    • Jay Petervary out of Koyuk, past Kwik River ~17 miles to Elim.
    • Philip Hofstetter shown as stopped around a mile North of the Unalakleet airport.
    • Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback appear to be leaving Unalakleet.
    • Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand, and Troy Szczurkowski are in Kaltag.
    • Toni Lund is ~1 mile shy of Kaltag, and Adam Erritozoe around ~3 miles.
    • Peter Ripmaster is on the river with ~6 miles to Eagle Island.
    • Beat Jegerlehner on river with ~12 miles to Eagle Island.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is out of Iditarod, < 13 miles to Big Yentna.


    Elim is showing 16F 12 knots from North, windchill 2F.
    Shaktoolik is showing 10F 21 knots from the North, windchill -10F.
    Kaltag is showing 21F 5 knots from NNE, windchill 12F.
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    8pm
    • Jay Petervary in Elim.
    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback at Foothills.
    • Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand, Troy Szczurkowski, Toni Lund & Adam Erritozoe in Kaltag.
    • Peter Ripmaster last track point 24 minutes ago on the river ~1 mile North of Eagle Island, at Beat Jegerlehner's last track point as of three hours ago.
    • Klaus Schweinberger at Big Yentna.


    Golovin: not reporting.
    Elim: 13F (-10.6C) 8 knots from North.
    Shaktoolik: 11F (-11.7C) 18 knots from the North.
    Unalkleet: 23F (-5C) 3 knots from NW.
    Kaltag: 26F (-3.3C) 0 knots.
    Shageluk: 29F (-1.7C) 0 knots.
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    1:30am changes

    As per their site, two mushers into Elim, one left at 1:04am. Safe to say mushers move into lead.

    • Jay Petervary left Elim ~12:49am AKST. He's on land, heading along the coast towards Walla Walla. Last point 1:14am, 40.2 miles to White Mountain.
    • Peter Ripmaster and Beat Jegerlehner's are on the river out of Eagle Island, ~55 miles to Kaltag.
    • Klaus Schweinberger moved out from Big Yetna ~1:05am.


    Golovin: not reporting
    Elim: 10F (-12C) 5 knots from 360.
    Shaktoolik: 11F (-11.7C) 17 knots from 20.
    Kaltag: 25F (-3.9C) 0 knots.
    Anvik: 27F (-3C) 9 knots from 30.
    Shageluk 28F (-2C) 4 knots from 20.

    Earlier today, on the av cams I saw some of the sleds coming into Shaktoolik and a pair heading out. Various lights coming from SE in during the dark, but impossible to tell what they're on.
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    4:30am
    • Jay Petervary bypassed Walla Walla, tracked to the North of Mt Kwiniuk. Currently going up over the Kwiktalik Mountains to McKinley Creek and Golovnin Bay. McKinley Creek and Golovin ahead, 29 miles to White Mountain.
    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback left Foothills for Shaktoolik just as/after I was making my last update, with their 1st points between 1:36am and 1:39am. Around six miles to Shaktoolik.
    • Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand, Troy Szczurkowski, Toni Lund & Adam Erritozoe in Kaltag.
    • Beat Jegerlehner's last track point at 2:26am on the river ~13 miles North of Eagle Island, 52.2 miles to Kaltag.
    • Peter Ripmaster's last track point at 1:11am, 55.4 miles to Kaltag.
    • Klaus Schweinberger continued out of Big Yentna and is 19 miles from Shageluk.


    With the sat photos showing open water so close to the shore along Elim and Walla Walla, I was wonder what the route would be. Trackleaders shows JP's track going inland once a couple of miles out of Elim, bypassing the sea ice and Walla Walla. Went North of Mt Kwiniuk, then once past Walla Walla ~3 miles, back to the trail shown on Trackleaders.

    screenshot: JP's track going inland once a couple of miles out of Elim

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    Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback heading for Shaktoolik: METAR data shows 19 knots from 10, 12F (-11.1C), windchill -7F.

    Golovin still not reporting.
    Elim showing 8 knots from 360, 13F (-10.6C) (no windchill given).
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    7:00am
    • Jay Petervary passed McKinley Creek to its North. Golovin ahead nearly due West, 20 miles to White Mountain.
    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback in Shaktoolik around 7:00am.
      Heading into Shaktoolik in the dark, their headlights where showing on the SE av-cam since 6:56 AKDT. Unfortunately, the last frame with them was at 7:56 AKDT as two of them slipped out of the frame on the lower right a few moments from being in Shaktoolik... no one caught under the nice South light/cam.
    • Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand, Troy Szczurkowski, Toni Lund & Adam Erritozoe in Kaltag.
    • Beat Jegerlehner and Peter Ripmaster's still at their last points on the river.
    • Klaus Schweinberger has progressed to 16.4 miles from Shageluk.
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    12:00pm
    Jay Petervary is less than 4 miles to White Mountain.
    We might have a slim chance of seeing him arrive, if he sticks to the river and doesn't cut over land to the streets, or perhaps even on the streets.
    Except, someone is playing with the school's web cam, so we see the usual river view, or the dog sleds that are in, or the school wall, or the ground, or the sky, ...
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    ~9:00pm

    Nome: 0 knots, 9F (-12.8C).

    • Jay Petervary shown ascending from Rock Creek through 200', <2 miles until he's up and over ~500', then shortly on the steep of the descent to Topcock Cabin. Showing 24.5 miles to Safety.
    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback in Shaktoolik; 3 knots from 330, 18F (-8C).
    • Troy Szczurkowski, Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe, Craig Bullen, track points/times too close together to order, are past Old Woman Cabin, showing ~24.5 miles to Unalakleet; 11 knots from 230, 19F (-7C).
    • Toni Lund close behind showing ~30 miles to Unalakleet.
    • Beat Jegerlehner and Peter Ripmaster's are on the river, showing ~26 miles to Kaltag; 0 knots, 29F (-1.7C).
    • Klaus Schweinberger left Shageluk around 5:30pm, showing ~21 miles to Anvik; 5 knots from 240, 25F (-4C).


    Nome finish cam is working again, and the finish is occupied by those meeting the dog sleds coming in.
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    9:28
    Jay on the descent.
    Will be in mph or fps?

    update: 09:34:29 PM, at Topcock Cabin...

    22.8 miles to Safety
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    Nome: 10 pm AKST (11pm AKDT), 0 knots, 2F (-16.7C), visibility 10 statue miles, scattered cloud 3000' AGL.

    Sea Ice, Nome to Elim, Feb 27 to March 12, 2018

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    1:00am AKST

    Nome: 6 knots from 290, 4F (-15.6C).

    • Jay Petervary between Topcock Cabin and Safety, 3.6 mph with ~12 miles to Safety.
    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback left Shaktoolik around 10:15pm. Approaching Reindeer Cove, on the way to Little Mountain and Koyuk; 0 knots, 12F (-11.1C), visibility 2 stat miles.
    • Troy Szczurkowski, Adam Erritozoe, Kyle Durand, Craig Bullen, between ~9 and ~11 miles to Unalakleet; 10 knots from 230, 17F (-8.3C).
    • Toni Lund showing ~17 miles to Unalakleet.
    • Beat Jegerlehner and Peter Ripmaster's stopped on the edge of the river around 10:25, showing ~25 miles to Kaltag; 9 knots from 230, 24F (-4.4C).
    • Klaus Schweinberger left Shageluk around 5:30pm, showing ~18 miles to Anvik; no current reading (5 knots from 240, 25F (-4C)).
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    Sad that the local "news" channels refuse to cover this at all, it's all about dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Sad that the local "news" channels refuse to cover this at all, it's all about dogs.
    Tourist $ and/or Sponsor $ ?
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    6:00am AKST

    • Jay Petervary at Safety since 3:39am.
    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback left Shaktoolik around 10:15pm. Past Little Mountain, initially on the same track as Jay to the East and then North a bit, but they're now travelling NNW on the sea ice instead of following the track Jay did North to land. Showing ~15 miles to go to Koyuk.
    • Troy Szczurkowski, Kyle Durand & Craig Bullen in Unalakleet.
    • Toni Lund stopped ~ 17 miles and Adam Erritozoe ~10 miles out from Unalakleet.
    • Beat Jegerlehner and Peter Ripmaster's stopped on the edge of the river around 10:25, showing ~25 miles to Kaltag.
    • Klaus Schweinberger left Shageluk around 5:30pm, and is stopped showing ~18 miles to Anvik.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    6:00am AKST

    • ...
    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback left Shaktoolik around 10:15pm. Past Little Mountain, initially on the same track as Jay to the East and then North a bit, but they're now travelling NNW on the sea ice instead of following the track Jay did North to land. ...
    Here's their tracks overlaid on the ice of February 8th, compared to Jay's on the right/East.

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    ~10:30am AKST (11:30am AKDT)
    • Jay Petervary leaving Safety, moving 5 mph.
    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback are in Koyuk. Arrived ~10:15am.
    • Troy Szczurkowski, Kyle Durand & Craig Bullen in Unalakleet.
    • Adam Erritozoe ~4 miles to go to Unalakleet.
    • Toni Lund started out around 8:55am, and just stopped ~9:55am, ~ 15 miles to Unalakleet.
    • Beat Jegerlehner and Peter Ripmaster's on the last bend to Kaltag, ~16 miles to go.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is halfway to Anvik from Shageluk, showing ~13 miles to go.


    Nome finish cam is working Nome cam

    Nome is 4 knots from 30, -6F (-21.1C).
    Koyuk is 0 knots, 14F (-10C).
    Unalakleet is 10 knots from 250, 12F (-11.1C).
    Kaltag is 7 knots from 230, 18F (-7.8C).
    Anvik is not reporting.
    Shagelulk is 6 knots from 210, 12F (-11.1C).
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    ~12:38pm AKST (1:38pm AKDT)

    Jay Petervary is around the Cape, on the straight stretch to Nome.
    Speeds between 2.4 and 8.7 mph.
    Tracker says 5 miles to go.

    Nome finish cam is working Nome cam

    Nome is 0 knots, -2F (-18.9C).
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    Last track point shows 4.1 miles to finish, and the tracker hasn't reported for 26 minutes...

    They're cleaning up the TV lights at the finish.
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    Well it updated. Now it's showing Jay as finished, 9000 feet shy of the finish.
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    Jay Petervary finished in Nome.

    (edit)(forgot the finish time)

    16:23:45
    16 days, 23 hours 45 minutes

    (webcam is showing AKDT, so shows an hour later than the AKST race times)

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    ~7:00pm AKST (8:00pm AKDT)
    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback out of Koyuk around 4:20pm. Currently ~36 miles to Elim.
    • Troy Szczurkowski less than a mile to Foothills, < 19 miles to Shaktoolik.
    • Kyle Durand & Craig Bullen are following, ~29 miles to Shaktoolik.
    • Adam Erritozoe and Toni Lund are in Unalakleet.
    • Beat Jegerlehner and Peter Ripmaster's are in Kaltag.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is in Anvik.
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    3:45am AKST (4:45am AKDT)
    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback arrived in Elim, just before 3:00am.
    • Troy Szczurkowski got into Shaktoolik just before 2:00am.
      (missed by the cam snapshots, and paused just past the pole with the cam, in the dark lower left...)
    • Craig Bullen at 10:07pm and Kyle Durand at 10:17pm, logged in Foothills (17.6 miles to Shaktoolik).
    • Adam Erritozoe logs heading out of Unalakleet at 3:31am with Toni Lund logged as heading out at 3:44am, around 40 miles to Shaktoolik.
    • Beat Jegerlehner left Kaltag just before 3:00am, currently ~75 miles to Unalakleet.
    • Peter Ripmaster is in Kaltag.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is in Anvik.
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    Yes!!!
    Finally.

    Av-cam images.
    At Shaktoolik, March 14, 2018.

    Best guess, this is Adam Erritzoe hidden behind the pole in the lower left.

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    The track point location/times mean I can't tell if this one is Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand or Toni Lund.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    Yes!!!
    Finally.

    Av-cam images.
    At Shaktoolik, March 14, 2018.

    Best guess, this is Adam Erritzoe hidden behind the pole in the lower left.

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    The track point location/times mean I can't tell if this one is Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand or Toni Lund.

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    7:00pm AKST (8:00pm AKDT)
    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback in White Mountain around 6pm.
      (Between them, of course they were just out of the av-cam snapshots in Golovin a number of times. If only it were even every five minutes...)
    • Troy Szczurkowski moving, off the sea ice, 8.4 miles to Koyuk.
    • Toni Lund just joined Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand and Adam Erritozoe at Little Mountain, where they got in around an hour ago. 30.1 miles to Koyuk.
    • Peter Ripmaster shown stopped less than a mile short of Old Woman Cabin, nearly an hour ago. 35.1 miles to Unalakleet.
    • Beat Jegerlehner moving, 41.8 miles to Unalakleet.
    • Klaus Schweinberger shown at Grayling, since around two hours ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farleybob View Post
    Nice work Canoe!
    Sometimes it seems like the cams are teasing.

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

    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback left White Mountain, at or shortly after 12:00am.
      With the track points, I can't tell if anyone left first or if anyone is currently ahead. Latest point showing 45.6 miles to Safety.
    • Troy Szczurkowski got into Koyuk at 8:58pm.
    • Toni Lund, Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand and Adam Erritozoe at Little Mountain.
    • Peter Ripmaster is past Old Woman Cabin, stopped just after 12:00am with 21.6 miles left to Unalakleet.
    • Beat Jegerlehner in at Old Woman Cabin at 10:00pm, 34.4 miles to Unalakleet.
    • Klaus Schweinberger out of Grayling around 7:50pm, moving with ~44 miles to Eagle Island.
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    4:55am AKST (5:55am AKDT)

    Looks like Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback have less than a half mile left of the descent to Topcock Cabin, which is 22.8 miles from Safety.
    With the randomness of the logging of track points, I can't tell position.
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    10:00am AKST (11:00am AKDT)

    • Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback moving over halfway from Topcock Cabin to Safety, ~8 miles to Safety.
      Johnston's Camp (near Pine Creek, between Topcock & Safety): 28 knots NNE, 3F (-16C), winchill -22F.
      Nome: 5 knots from 360, -1F (-18.3C), windchill -5F.
    • Troy Szczurkowski left Koyuk for Elim around 9:20am. 41.8 miles to Elim.
      Koyuk: 3 knots from 0, 0F (-17.8C).
    • Toni Lund, Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand and Adam Erritozoe have headed out from Little Mountain to Koyuk. ~25 to ~27 miles to Koyuk.
      Shaktoolik: 29 knots from 20, gusting 32, -4F (-20C), windchill -32F.
    • Peter Ripmaster < 10 miles left to Unalakleet.
      Unalakleet: 5 knots from 140, -7F (-21.7C).
    • Beat Jegerlehner past Old Woman Cabin, 26.5 miles miles to Unalakleet.
    • Klaus Schweinberger out of Grayling, resting for the past 2 3/4 hours at 36.4 miles to Eagle Island.
      Kaltag: 0 knots, -10F (-23.3C).
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    Looking NE from Shaktoolik.

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    11:45am AKST (12:45pm AKDT)

    Tracking looks like Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback arrived at Safety!
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    1:00pm AKST (2:00pm AKDT)

    Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback have each logged track points out of Safety heading for Nome!

    Time of first points range from 12:26pm and 12:48pm. Locations vary, no way to tell who's leading vs. riding together, etc.. Most recent (1:01pm) is the closest and shows 17.7 miles to Nome.

    • Troy Szczurkowski heading for Kwik River, showing 35.8 miles to Elim.
    • Toni Lund, Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand and Adam Erritozoe heading North on the sea ice to Koyuk. They appear to have paused around 10 minutes ago, ~19 miles to Koyuk.
    • Peter Ripmaster < 1 miles left to Unalakleet.
    • Beat Jegerlehner past Old Woman Cabin, ~20 miles miles to Unalakleet.
    • Klaus Schweinberger out of Grayling, ~35 miles to Eagle Island.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    1:00pm AKST (2:00pm AKDT)
    Philip Hofstetter, Jay Cable & Kevin Breitenback have each logged track points out of Safety heading for Nome!
    3:50pm

    under 6000 feet to finish!

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    First snapshot with bikes, looks like three bikes.

    17:01:59 AKDT

    Finish between 16:00:59 (no bikes) and 16:01:59 AKST (race time)

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    5:00pm AKST (6:00pm AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski at Kwik River.
      Elim: 17 knots from 20, gusting 21 knots, 5F (-15C), windchill -17F.
    • Toni Lund, Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand and Adam Erritozoe have done maybe 2/3 of the ice crossing route from Little Mountain to Koyuk. Showing ~13 miles to Koyuk.
      Koyuk: 14 knots from 360, gusting 23 knots, 4F (-15.6C), windchill -13F.
      Shaktoolik: 28 knots from 10, gusting 36 knots, 3F (-16.1C), windchill ~-23F, visibility 0.5 stat mile.
    • Peter Ripmaster at Unalakleet.
      Unalakleet: 6 knots from 180, 10F (-12.2C), windchill -1F.
    • Beat Jegerlehner ~10 miles miles to Unalakleet.
    • Klaus Schweinberger stopped since 4:07pm, ~29.5 miles to Eagle Island.
      Kaltag: 9 knots from 60, 14F (-10C), windchill 3F.
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    Shaktoolik under 28 knots, gusting 36.

    Shaktoolik

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    Shaktoolik looking NE to trail to Little Mountain, Koyuk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    5:00pm AKST (6:00pm AKDT)
    • Elim: 17 knots from 20, gusting 21 knots, 5F (-15C), windchill -17F.
    • Toni Lund, Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand and Adam Erritozoe have done maybe 2/3 of the ice crossing route from Little Mountain to Koyuk. Showing ~13 miles to Koyuk.
      Koyuk: 14 knots from 360, gusting 23 knots, 4F (-15.6C), windchill -13F.
      Shaktoolik: 28 knots from 10, gusting 36 knots, 3F (-16.1C), windchill ~-23F, visibility 0.5 stat mile.
    From the latest assortment of their track points available at 5:28pm, it appears that Toni is ~2 miles behind the other three, with Shaktoolik visibility at 0.5 miles, 28 knots gusting 36 knots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    First snapshot with bikes, looks like three bikes.
    17:01:59 AKDT
    Finish between 16:00:59 (no bikes) and 16:01:59 AKST (race time)
    From Iditarod Trail Invitational on facebook (link in first post; with lots of photos of the race so far):
    19 days 2 hours! Congratulations guys! They tie for second place! Phil's 5th finish, Jay's second.
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    9:30pm AKST (10:30pm AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski over halfway from Kwik River to Moses Point.
      Elim: 17 knots from N, -9 (-23C), windchill -22F.
    • Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand and Adam Erritozoe back on land from Little Mountain to Koyuk, showing < 8 miles to Koyuk.
      Koyuk: 12 knots from N, gusting 18 knots, -8F (-22C), windchill -29F.
    • Toni Lund almost back on land, < 10 miles from Koyuk.
    • Peter Ripmaster and Beat Jegerlehner at Unalakleet.
      Unalakleet: 2 knots from NNE, -6F (-21C).
      Shaktoolik: 28 knots from N, -4F (-20C), windchill -32F, visibility 1.25 stat miles.
    • Klaus Schweinberger moving ~22 miles to Eagle Island.
      Kaltag: 4 knots from NE, 1F (-17C), windchill -9F.
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    10:30am AKST (11:30am AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski took a 1.5 hour break on the trail before Moses Point, then his last track point is ~3000' shy of Elim at 6:54am.
    • Craig Bullen (12:19am), Kyle Durand (12:11am), Adam Erritozoe (12:16am) have track points on the ice in front of Koyuk and are in Koyuk, with Toni Lund (4:30am) arriving later.
      Adam's track points show an interesting track, crossing the ice at Koyuk slightly to its East at 11:50pm, then back onto the ice and arriving from the South.
    • Peter Ripmaster nearing Foothills on the way to Shaktoolik.
    • Beat Jegerlehner nearing 1/3 of the way to Foothills.
    • Klaus Schweinberger moving 13.5 miles to Eagle Island.


    Elim: 15 knots from NNE, 10F (-12C), windchill -8F, Light Snow.
    Shaktoolik: 21 knots from N, -6F (-21C), windchill -24F.
    Kaltag: 5 knots from NE, 1F (-17C), windchill -11F.
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    You should see the posts at www.facebook.com/iditarodtrailinvitational/ for the 2nd place finish and to see what they're going through on the trail in those conditions.
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    1:30pm AKST (2:30pm AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski still shows as ~3000' shy of Elim.
    • Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe and Toni Lund remain at Koyuk.
    • Peter Ripmaster passed Foothills and out into the continued headwind, 16.4 miles to Shaktoolik.
    • Beat Jegerlehner ~2/3 of the way to Foothills.
    • Klaus Schweinberger moving ~6 miles to Eagle Island.


    Shaktoolik: 21 knots from N, 5F (-15C), windchill -15F.
    Kaltag: 6 knots from NNE, 7F (-14C), windchill -6F, light snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    1:30pm AKST (2:30pm AKDT)
    • Troy Szczurkowski still shows as ~3000' shy of Elim.
      ...
    Troy Szczurkowski has logged two track points leaving Elim, the first at 1:41pm.
    42 miles to White Mountain.
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    Amazing race! A bit off topic, but may I ask from you who have done these kind of races: is it necessary to have 4.8" tyres on 100mm rims to make optimal progress or can you cope with 3.8" tyres on 80 mm rims if you're a medium sized person?
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    2:00am AKST (3:00m AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski's last track point shows him coming off the ice at Golovin at 1:39am.
    • I watched Beat Jegerlehner's light approaching Shaktoolik on the SE av-cam snapshots and he blew past them (too close for the SE view and not quite close enough for the S) and into Shaktoolik at 2.9 mph just before 2:00am.
    • Earlier Peter Ripmaster pulled into Shaktoolik at 7:26pm. (He would have been visible for some miles on the SE view, except weather blew in and killed visibility just as he came into range. In the last snapshot he would have been in, his track point puts him just out of sight due to visibility, and then he blew by the cams between snapshots and into Shaktoolik at 3.2 mph.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snow leopard View Post
    Amazing race! A bit off topic, but may I ask from you who have done these kind of races: is it necessary to have 4.8" tyres on 100mm rims to make optimal progress or can you cope with 3.8" wheels on 80 mm rims if you're a medium sized person?
    I saw a small handful of folks on D4s, including the female winner of the 130, but most were on D5s (or similar) with 80mm+ rims. JayP was on 4.8s, I think the new HuDus(?), not sure about his rim width but it was almost certainly 80+..

    I was riding studded 4.6 WCs on 80mm Nexties, but I only did the 130 mile race. I plan on using a similar combo when I ride the 350. I personally would not want to be on anything smaller than 4.6.

    Canoe- thanks for all the updates! Its been fun watching this thread.

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    Interesting to see that the warming temperatures were due to some air scooped up north of Hawaii and brought north, a sliver of which was making it all the way to Norton Sound. That air stream is still sweeping the Aleutians, with a bit still leaking through and all the up to join the Yukon valley towards Kaltag. Norton Sound has pretty much lost the sliver of that air it was receiving and has switching over (with the a corresponding change in wind direction) to receiving air brought up from the southern tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula, in turn from off of Japan.

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#curren...162.466,64.007

    On my computer, I can zoom in with the mouse scroll wheel.

    In recent days while comparing the winds reported at the various Norton Sound locations, their model has been dead on. I haven't checked how well their predictive model did.

    Click on "Earth" in the lower left, then on ">" under "Control" to advance the time of their model to see what their model expects the winds to do. You can also change the "Overlay" from Wind to Temp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DStaley View Post
    ... Canoe- thanks for all the updates! Its been fun watching this thread.
    Welcome.

    But there's tons more, with photos and firsthand accounts (that I haven't republished (stolen) here), on the various links. Most (all?) links are in the first thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    Interesting to see that the warming temperatures were due to some air scooped up north of Hawaii and brought north, a sliver of which was making it all the way to Norton Sound. That air stream is still sweeping the Aleutians, with a bit still leaking through and all the up to join the Yukon valley towards Kaltag. Norton Sound has pretty much lost the sliver of that air it was receiving and has switching over (with the a corresponding change in wind direction) to receiving air brought up from the southern tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula, in turn from off of Japan.
    Everything is melting and has been for days in South Central Alaska. I'm not sure it's been below zero here in days and I'm not sure when it's supposed to go back down. Snow is melting rapidly and the trails are soon going to be unridable due to punchy soft snow that collapses. That warm air has literally ended winter it seems.
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    Peter Ripmaster left Shaktoolik at 4:42am AKST.

    We know this from his tracking.
    It shows he had to have headed SE down the main street of town, and he was just past the av-cam tower at 4:42:26am AKST when he turned left to the trail to the NNE to head out to Little Mountain.

    Here's the screenshot of the tracking.
    You can even see the building at the base of the tower and the tower's shadow.

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    He was right in front of the NW cam. Then right in front of the South cam.
    Great images right?
    We get his tracks in the snow...

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    At 8:15 AKSt, he's over 2/3 of the way to Little Mountain.
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    10:45am AKST (11:45am AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski showing at Golovin.
    • Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe and Toni Lund showing as out of Koyuk, in or around 8:30am. Currently showing ~39 miles to Elim.
    • Peter Ripmaster left Foothills for Koyuk around 10:22am. Shortly will be on the sea ice.
    • Beat Jegerlehner left Shaktoolik for Little Mountain at 10:06am, ~43 miles to Koyuk.
    • Klaus Schweinberger, past Eagle Island, starting moving for Kaltag around 10:00am. Showing ~59 miles to Kaltag.


    Beat Begerlehner heading out for Little Mountain.

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    Klaus Schweinberer's track points at the 10:00am start.

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    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 cant stop....
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    Thats quite the story, seems amazing that cyclists would save mushers and not the other way around. I wonder what happened to the dogs? I cant say exactly how Id react in that weather, but I think pushing the SOS would be a no-brainer, people in those situations (the mushers) are not thinking rationally when their bodies are shutting down. Phil definitely knows what hes doing, having done it so many times and living in Nome. Absolutely amazing story, thanks for sharing.
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    In the article's comments, Craig says that the dogs made it out fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damon777 View Post
    In the article's comments, Craig says that the dogs made it out fine.
    Thanks, I re-read it a few times but must have missed-it on the small display.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damon777 View Post
    In the article's comments, Craig says that the dogs made it out fine.
    The dogs were fine - some Iditarod staff hooked them all together and mushed them to Nome behind a snowmachine. They passed me on the trail, and the dogs looked pretty happy.

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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/
    Article was updated since I first read it.
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    ~7:00am AKST (8:00am AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski out of White Mountain around 4:50am, after arriving around 7:50pm the day before. Currently off the Niukluk heading West, showing 43.8 miles to Safety.
    • Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe and Toni Lund showing as past Kwik River, stopped on the trail since 10:20pm yesterday, 14.2 miles to Elim.
    • Peter Ripmaster left Foothills for Koyuk around 10:22am yesterday, arriving around 11:05pm yesterday. Currently in Koyuk.
    • Beat Jegerlehner left Little Mountain around 10:20pm yesterday. Currently on the sea ice heading North, 19 miles to Koyuk.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is over halfway from Eagle Island to Kaltag, 31.3 miles to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    Article was updated since I first read it.
    That article is a bit over the top - basically there were two mushers stuck in the blow hole, an area that can be really windy, and we helped them press their spots sos button, and locate their sat phone, which caused Nome search and rescue to respond. There wasn't much else we could do, though we did txt someone in town to contact the troopers to make sure help was coming. It is fantastic both mushers made it out unharmed.

    This is what it looked like just before we ran into the mushers who were stuck - the person in grey is another musher who was having trouble finding the trail:
    Edit - I can't figure out how to embed the vimeo or facebook video properly, here is a link to the video on vimeo:

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    5:15pm AKST (6:15pm AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski is (pausing?) around two miles shy of starting the descent to Topcock.
    • Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe and Toni Lund with various track-points suggesting they were underway by 9:30am?, currently showing 3.4 miles to Elim.
    • Peter Ripmaster left Koyuk ~9:20am, and is now maybe 3 miles shy of Kwik River, showing 26.1 miles to Elim.
    • Beat Jegerlehner shown arriving in Koyuk at 4:32pm. Track-points showing less than a 30 minute stop on the sea ice after leaving Little Mountain around 10:20pm yesterday.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is moving with 16.2 miles to to Kaltag. Reviewing the track-points, it looks like he's been moving near continuously since 10am yesterday.
    Crazy on this ship of fools...

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    Quote Originally Posted by spruceboy View Post
    That article is a bit over the top - basically there were two mushers stuck in the blow hole, an area that can be really windy, and we helped them press their spots sos button, and locate their sat phone, which caused Nome search and rescue to respond. There wasn't much else we could do, though we did txt someone in town to contact the troopers to make sure help was coming. It is fantastic both mushers made it out unharmed.

    This is what it looked like just before we ran into the mushers who were stuck - the person in grey is another musher who was having trouble finding the trail:
    Edit - I can't figure out how to embed the vimeo or facebook video properly, here is a link to the video on vimeo:
    That's where I have to wonder if it wouldn't be worth it to have a ResQlink and use that, rather than rely on the low-power and mid-latitude satellites of the SPOT. If you need a beacon to work for the prupose of rescue, 406mhz NOAA monitored seems like the way to go.
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    A few photos..

    A few photos from my ride to Nome...

    Rainy Pass..
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    The road to Ophir..
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    Ophir to Iditarod (the site, not the trail)
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    Iditarod to Shageluk..
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    Shageluk to Anvik..

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    The Iditarod trail breakers passed us 10 miles outside Shageluk, where we were bived waiting for them to arrive and break the trail.
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    The Yukon River..

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    The first mushers passed us on the Yukon..
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    Kaltag to Unalakleet..

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    Shaktoolik to Koyuk..
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    Koyuk to White Mountain..
    The trail took an overland route outside Koyuk and Elim adding a lot more climbing..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Because road is faster (less energy output) than trail. You take any freebies while you can.
    The road route is slightly longer (like 3 miles) than the shortest commonly known route, but has a lot less climbing, and is generally a lot faster than the other options. The skiers took an even shorter route, but it was apparently softer and has even more climbing.

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    This year the route had lots of markers from the Iditasport, which takes the Hells Gate route. I think he just followed those blindly, and thus missed the turn off for Rainy Pass, and didn't turn around until a pilot dropped him a note saying he was off course.

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    Amazing photos!
    I love seeing those.


    12:15am AKST (1:15am AKDT)

    • Troy Szczurkowski paused at 5:08pm at California Creek. At 7:15pm he started the double top across to the descent to Topcock. Currently tracked as almost at the bottom, with a little over 2000' to Topcock.
      Johnson's Camp: 15 knots NNE, 23F (-5C), windchill -9F.
      Nome: 20 knots WNW, 18F (-8C), windchill 1F.
    • Craig Bullen, Kyle Durand, Adam Erritozoe and Toni Lund in Elim.
    • Peter Ripmaster in Kwik River.
    • Beat Jegerlehner in Koyuk.
    • Klaus Schweinberger is resting 12.3 to Kaltag.
    Crazy on this ship of fools...

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    Amazing photos Jay.
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    Thanks for sharing the pictures and congratulations on making it to Nome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spruceboy View Post
    The road route is slightly longer (like 3 miles) than the shortest commonly known route, but has a lot less climbing, and is generally a lot faster than the other options. The skiers took an even shorter route, but it was apparently softer and has even more climbing.
    The skiers and the most runners wound up taking the shorter route--it was actually firmer than the traditional foot route to Flathorn Lake. I know because I and a few other runners went about a half mile on the traditional foot route before deciding it was too soft.
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