Allied Feather & Down new MYAU sponsor

From 2019 onwards Allied Feather & Down will be a new main sponsor for the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. This US company was founded in 1987 in Vernon, CA, specializing in the manufacture of the highest quality down and feather product. They are a family-run operation constantly innovating their products and processes to ensure they remain the quality leader. The Allied Feather & Down commitment extends to safeguarding the environment and the welfare of animals. Thanks in part to their ethical measures, they have earned the prestigious bluesign® approval.

Today, Allied is the world leader in the manufacture of the highest quality downs and their blends. They are proud to be the fill of choice for top-tier brands in the outdoor industry. Allied also plays an active role in setting global industry standards for down. They are a founding member of the International Alliance for the Pro Down Initiative and a member of the International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB).

To have Allied Feather & Down as a new main sponsor is truly an honor. When it comes to extremely cold temperatures, down filled products to this day are the ones with the best warmth to weight ratio. That is why all MYAU participants have at least one down product with them. As outdoor athletes we love nature and we are very aware of the impact, products we use, have on our environment. So, it’s great to know a company like Allied has this at its core. We really welcome their support and look forward to giving them emotional content for their brand.

To find out more about Allied Feather & Down and how they make sure they are leading in environmental standards please have a look at

Update to rule #11 regarding drop bags

I updated rule #11 that deals with drop bags.

In 2019 we will try something new by having a “travelling” drop bag for the 300 and 430 mile athletes. For the marathon runners and 100 mile athletes nothing will change, they still get one drop bag for their respective finish lines.

In our facebook group I asked athletes if they prefer to A) bring their own bag, B) rent one from MYAU or C) buy one from MYAU. Most people answered they prefer to bring their own. So, all MYAU 2019 participants are more than welcome to bring their own drop bag. Please note that the bag can have a maximum volume of 80 litres, i.e. it’s okay if the bag is smaller but it can’t be larger.

Montane makes a very nice 60 litre duffle bag, the Transition 60. Should this volume be sufficient for you, it’s a great solution because it is light and still super robust. Participants are entitled to a 20% on it (and any other Montane gear). If you are interested, please contact me for the updated discount code.

I will further look into renting out and selling an 80 litre drop bag for those who prefer one of these options. I should have an update on it soon.



Update on SPOT

I have just updated the information on our usage of SPOT in the FAQ section. Please read it carefully.

The most important changes in a short overview:

  • Any rental SPOT will be handed out with the batteries. One set for the 100 and 300 miles and two sets for the 430 miles. The batteries will be invoiced with the rental fee later this year.
  • If you have a private SPOT you want to use I need to know by mid November. Otherwise, I will order a rental SPOT for you. If you do use a private SPOT you can bring your own batteries (please make sure these are the right ones!) or you can pre-order batteries that will then be handed out to you in Whitehorse.
  • If you have a private Garmin inReach you can take it along as a back-up means to communicate but you will still need to have a rental or private SPOT.

Baby it’s cold outside

“Baby it’s cold outside” (BICO) is an online awareness and educational program about hypothermia and cold injuries developed for professional Search & Rescue responders.

This program is so informative and important that I decided that all future MYAU participant need to do it as part of their preparation.

Even though athletes are not the primary target group of this training, there is a lot to be learned. It will help MYAU athletes better understand some of the things that will happen to their bodies out there in the cold. And of course there always is the possibility that an athlete becomes a first responder when encountering another athlete in trouble on the trail. If the trouble is cold related, this training will help in taking the right steps.

BICO has got several advantages which make it great for athletes:

  • It’s an online program and thus available for anyone with internet
  • It’s free of charge
  • It deals with all relevant cold weather issues and rescue scenarios in an easily understandable way
  • It’s divided up in several chapters and does not all have to be done at once
  • It’s just the right amount of information
  • At the end of it you get a certificate and thus can proof that you did the training
  • You can repeat that training as much as you want

So, any MYAU participant is asked to go to to register and do the program. Upon completion please either email me the certificate to or print it out and take it with you to the Yukon to hand in when we deal with any paperwork pre-race.

I do suggest you don’t do the training too soon or that you repeat it a week or two before the races. That way your memory of the program is still fresh when you are at the start line in Whitehorse.

Racelite features MYAU shop

Racelite is an online shop specialized in trail running. I actually started it in 2005 as a consequence to organising the MYAU and having to deal a lot with questions and issues regarding clothing and gear for the Arctic. Over the years the product range offered on Racelite has grown significantly. Thus it has become increasingly challenging to actually filter through to the products that are relevant for cold to extremely cold temperatures. In order to change that, from now on there is an MYAU Shop-in-Shop on Racelite that focuses 100% on (ultra) running in cold weather. It is called MYAU shop but of course the product featured in it is relevant for any cold weather training or event.

In addition on Racelite you will find an updated gear list with many interesting tips for winter ultra running in an event like the MYAU.

Exped sleeping mats for rent

From next year onwards we will rent out Exped DownMat XP 9 sleeping mats. These mats have an R-value of 8 and are rated down to – 38° Celsius. With the help of the included pumpbag you can inflate this mat in no time and you won’t get humidity inside.

To have the best possible sleeping mat is absolutely vital for a sleeping system that needs to work in even the most extreme temperatures. And that is not to say that at – 40 or colder this sleeping mat will guarantee you a warm and cozy night. You still need to have picked the right spot for your camp, be well hydrated, have the right liner and bivouac bag or tent. Your sleeping bag needs to be dry and you may need to build a wood fire. But if you do not have a good piece of insulation between your sleeping bag and the ground these temperatures will be dangerous and there is no way you will get any rest.

For all the information on the product and the rental price please check out Rentals in our Service section.

The Reckless raven

You are wondering what the Yukon is like in the summer? And while you check it out you would like to run an ultra? How about entering the Reckless raven?

The Reckless raven is a 50 miles race with beautiful single track trails, quad roads, 3 ridges, 2 peaks, about 2,361 m of elevation gain, water crossings and fun aid stations. You can participate solo or as a team of 2 runners. The third edition will be held on June 30th, 2019 with a start in Whitehorse. Registration will open in October. You can follow the Raven on facebook  and of course there is a website, too:

Staying at the Downtown Hotel, Dawson City

Once again the Downtown Hotel is our partner hotel in Dawson City. Just as a reminder to all athletes who are in the 430 mile race, accommodation in Dawson City is not included in the entry fee and sleeping at the finish line checkpoint is not possible. The Downtown Hotel is giving athletes reduced room rates. I just updated the respective information in our information section on travel.

As you will see rooms rates are based on single or double occupancy, i.e. if you team up with other finishers you can save money if you want to. Please feel free to use our facebook group if you want to share a room and get in touch with others.

There are no transfers from Dawson City to Whitehorse prior to February 16th. So, if you arrive earlier you stay in Dawson City until that day. Time to relax, gain back some weight and watch others cross the finish line. We will all leave Dawson City together on February 16th at noon at the latest and get back to Whitehorse late afternoon.

It is possible to book an Air North flight from Dawson to Whitehorse at your own expense if you are optimistic and plan for an early finish. I do not recommend to count on an early arrival because delays are always possible. But people have done it and it can of course also be done spontaneously, i.e. after actually having reached Dawson City.

New autumn/winter products from Montane

The first new Montane products for autumn/winter 2018 are becoming available! Many of these are great for the Yukon, e.g. the Alpha Balance Jacket which is a hybrid fleece with a perfect combination of lightweight, comfort, warmth, breathabiltiy and protection for the body’s core. Or the family of the very successful Men’s Icarus and Women’s Phoenix Jackets which is growing. There is now also a Micro Jacket (without hood) and vest. All with the great windproof PERTEX® QUANTUM ECO outer and the innovative PrimaLoft® ThermoPlume synthetic insulation.

To get an overview of what already is in stores and what is soon to come, please check out

Pertex® becomes new “gold level” sponsor

For almost 40 years Pertex has worked closely with the leading outdoor apparel and equipment brands, to develop lightweight and innovative fabrics for all conditions. Pertex fabrics are designed to eliminate excess weight without compromising on performance or durability and have been used on countless expeditions and adventures in the planet’s most inhospitable environments. Participants in the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra every year use many products that are made with Pertex fabrics. Therefore, I am very excited that as of now Pertex will be a new “gold level” sponsor for the MYAU.

To find out more about Pertex, please go to