Monday, February 14, 2011

Mid-day Monday.

Hans Gatt has Scratched

As hard as it may be to belive, four-time Yukon Quest champion Hans Gatt has scratched from the race at the Central check-point following his horrendous encounter with overflow last night.  An article in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner quotes Hans as saying "I had no choice; my fingers have level two frostbite. If not for Sebastian, it could have been much worse and all my dogs are OK."  In a comment on the Quests official Facebook page, Gatt wrote, "Twice this race, I was in situations that were out of my control; both times, other mushers helped me. I'm not used to that."

Currently Hugh Neff is somewhere approaching Eagle Summit.  Dan Kaduce in second place has just left the checkpoint at Central.    Sebastian Schnuelle, Dallas Seavey, Ken Anderson and probably Brent Sass are all at the checkpoint.  Allen Moore is approaching Medicine Lake and Kelly Griffin appear to be near the overflow area just before the trail leaves Birch Creek. 

Josh Cadzow has also scratched from the race at Circle City, citing too many ill dogs in his team as the reason.  None of the other remaining mushers in the race are anywhere close - either at Slaven's Roadhouse dog drop or somewhere between Eagle and Slaven's.

The temperature out on the trail is well below zero, and tonight is expected to be every bit as bitter as was last night.  There has been no change in the weather forecast today. 

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