The team left Central checkpoint after about six hours rest, looking enthusiastic. Allen was in a great mood and ready to tackle Eagle Summit with his 12 team mates. The temperatures have turned - gone are the -40Fs and they were more like -10F in the area. The conditions over Eagle Summit appear to be relatively calm, which is a relief as it can often have howling winds and windblown trails to couple with the steep uphills.
While at Central the vet team did a thorough check on the team and they all ate really well and rested hard, as did Allen. Everyone was fighting fit to continue.
Central Corner, home of great burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches; Allen fills his water flask
Unfortunately, just at the crucial moment Two Rivers lost internet connection AND the trackers went down so we couldn’t watch the team up and over the top. Maybe it was a good thing as it can get very tense and stressful watching inch by inch, but it didn’t stop us sending good vibes telekinetically to them. Thanks to you all for doing the same! We were happy to receive word that the team has arrived into Mile 101 Checkpoint. They arrived at 5.19pm with a great run time of 5 hours, 6 minutes.
The team on arrival; sunset at Mile 101
The handler crew is also at Mile 101 checkpoint, they said Allen has fed the dogs and is quickly bolting down some g eggs. Last time he was a 101 he ate a dozen! After climbing the summit I reckon it will be at least that. We can't wait to hear his story of how the climb went.
Allen with a musher's breakfast! Our special correspondent on the trail (and Chipper sponsor) Padee
After Mile 101 comes Rosebud Summit - another enormous climb. Evidently the trail over Rosebud is the best in years so we will be watching intently as they tackle that one also. Once over Rosebud it is downhill to the Two Rivers checkpoint. Our local trails are experiencing some overflow so they may get that thrown into the mix.
EDIT: We just heard the team is back on the trail toward Two Rivers after a short stop at the checkpoint!