Midnite Position Report- Safety

GPS Reports Pete and the Team through Safety. 18 Miles to go. It surely could be a finish before 3:am, but most Mushers have been taking 3 hours. In any case, we are down to the last 18 miles of an epic adventure spanning Alaska and the imaginations of us all.

Pete Kaiser is now leading the group of remaining Mushers left on the trail.

More in an hour…

Pete Finish Prediction

[UPDATE]

Okay, here’s my calculations:

Pete left White Mountain at 5:36pm.
He has covered 32 miles in 4.5 hours.
He is 36 miles from Nome.
That puts an even earlier than earlier calculated.
Mike Williams Jr. Left White Mountain at a bit after Noon today and crossed the finish line at just before 10pm.
I figure Pete and the Team will cross the finish line between 3:30 and 5am tomorrow Morning.

SOUTHERN SEWARD PENINSULA COAST-
INCLUDING...NOME...WHITE MOUNTAIN...GOLOVIN
855 PM AKDT WED MAR 17 2010
.TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS ZERO TO 10 ABOVE ZERO. EAST WINDS
10 TO 20 MPH.

Unfortunately the GPS seems to be having trouble again, so I don’t have a current postion. Hoping to have the Williams Finish photos shortly from the Kaiser Krew in Nome. Take a nap as it’s going to be a long one!!

White Mountain to Safety

From Iditarod

his can be one of the most dangerous stretches on the race when the wind blows or a storm hits. It can make or break champions, not to mention back- of-the-packers. Mushers have nearly died within what would normally be a few hours’ easy running to Nome. In reasonable weather, this is a pleasant five- to eight-hour run; in the worst conditions, it can be impassable.The race uses the main snowmachine trail to Nome. It is well marked at the beginning of the race, but inevitably many markers are knocked over or blown down. Some parts have been permanently marked. Markers are absolutely critical for this leg because visibility can be near zero in storms and ground blizzards.

The trail leaves White Mountain on the Fish River for about three miles, and then leaves the river to cut overland to the southwest, crossing low, rolling tundra and several streams before reaching the Klokerblok River. It runs up the river and across some low ridges, and then crosses into the drainage of the Topkok River.

The trail then turns west and climbs over a series of barren ridges to a 400-foot saddle just northwest of Topkok Head, overlooking the coast. It then descends sharply to the beach, reaching the Nome Kennel Club shelter cabin at the foot of the hill, 30 miles from White Mountain.

For the next 12 miles the trail runs along or just behind the dune line and the “driftwood line” on the shore. This stretch is wide open and is subject to winds of more than 80 miles an hour from the north, as well as blinding whiteouts. The trail will join the Nome-to-Council road (not plowed in the winter) at the Bonanza Ferry bridge and then follow it for the last 12 miles to Safety.

On the way to Safety

Safety Roadhouse

Pete’s Winning Time Contest

Apparently at the Fundraiser, there was a contest to guess the winning Time. Following are the Guesses. Martin Buser arrived across the line this morning at 6:30am with a time of  9 Days 15 Hours 33 Minutes 58 Seconds.

If Pete Arrives tomorrow in similar time, It will be 10 Days 15 Hours etc…

Here are the guesses:

Name Days Hours Min Seconds
Wednesday March 17 is Day 10
Jeff Harris 10 2 1 15
Ann Glasheen 10 2 10 56
John White 10 6 5 2
Darren Lieb 10 6 33 33
Mike Hoffman 10 8 23 23
Kevin Morgan 10 10 10 10
Tracy Faulkner 10 10 10 10
Tomas Israelsson 10 14 15 20
Lauren Berdow 10 15 45 2
Tomas Israelsson 10 16 15 20
John White 10 18 30 44
Thursday March 18 is Day 11
Sherry Smith 11 6 46 5
Sean Denning Barnes 11 8 12 1
Lauren Berdow 11 8 35 1
Fern Faulkner 11 8 27 15
Richard Taylor 11 10 23 10
Amanda Barker 11 11 11 11
Chris Bach 11 12 13 14
illegible name 11 18 32 46
Jasmine Polk 11 23 5 43
Friday March 19 is Day 12
Sherry Smith 12 3 6 27
Lisa Whalen 12 3 24 59
Darrell Garrison 12 7 7 7
Shane Iverson 12 7 20
Dena Drake 12 7 32 15
Chris Pike 12 8 25
Anita Geerdts 12 9 10 20
Roxanne Sattler 12 9 23 31
Jasmine Polk 12 12 12 12
Jasmine Polk 12 13 20 25
Jim Potter 12 15 45 20
Andrew Simmons 12 16 22 31
Francesca 12 18 3 53
Saturday March 20 is Day 13
Bach’s donna chris dude 13 2 15 59
Jasmine Polk 13 2 31 43
Jill Hoffman 13 6 10 33
Shane Iverson 13 8 20
Angel Harris 13 10 10 10
Mitch Cullou 13 10 12 43
Prize will be given upon Janet Kaiser’s return to Bethel from Nome. Thank you!