Just to add another thing to the "to do" list over the last couple of weeks, the Yukon Quest Drop Bags were due on Saturday, January 21st.
Volunteers sorting drop bags for Yukon Quest 1000 and 300 mushers
The whole team worked really hard between Copper Basin and Saturday to get the bags finalised with dog kibble, meat and fat snacks, human meals and snacks plus spare dog jackets and harnesses, booties for Africa*, kits to replenish vet supplies, and other important bits and pieces for dogs, humans and sleds.
We then took both sets of bags into town for the enthusiastic volunteers to swoop in and lift them off the trailer, sort into the different checkpoints and check off against our master list in no time flat. Thanks team. There was a concurrent event happening in Whitehorse for the mushers closer to that end of the trail.
The bags will then be transported throughout the trail by the logistics team and be at the checkpoints waiting for the mushers as they pull in.
*Edit - it has become clear that "booties for Africa" is not a common saying here. Perhaps I should explain... "booties for Africa" simply means a LOT of booties (enough for all of Africa because Africa is so big). Apologies to anyone who was offended or confused. Those kiwi-isms catch me out now and again - Moira