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Primus sponsors fuel for MYAU athletes

Once again Primus will sponsor the fuel for all MYAU athletes. Please go to Coast Mountain Sports on Main Street Whitehorse in order to get your fuel. They have white gas and also the Primus winter gas. If you pick up white gas please remember to take along your gas bottles. Also, if you store your gas bottles – no matter if it’s in your sled or in a drop bag – make sure you close it well. A gas leak in your gear is the last thing you want!

The latest news

Not much longer now! If you had a look at the recent temperatures you probably thought this is pretty crazy. First – 40° C and now + 4° C. The good news is that the forecast says it will get colder again. In any case, winter temperature have been a lot less steady in recent years and there is nothing we can do about it. Whatever the temperatures will be, we will deal with it. At least all athletes now have seen that it really can get that cold and if it actually will get too warm it is not good news, either. Soft trails, lack of snow, less ice and overflow may be the consequences. As we get closer we will post an update regarding expected temperatures and we will talk about it again during our briefing.

The crew

Once again I have to say I am privileged to work with such a great team. There are some new faces in the volunteer crew who I am sure will enjoy the experience and many of the crew will be the same we have had for many years now.

Diane Patrick co-ordinates the medical team and volunteers. Jo Stirling will be our Race Headquarter. Gary Rusnak will co-ordinate the guides on ski-doo. Amongst them Glenn and Spencer Toovey, Robert Siefke, Ross Knox, Josh Smith, Tony Gaw and Gary Vantell. Joe Bishop will be guiding and taking great pictures again. Stewart Stirling, Pam Brown, Anja Svet and Gary Young will organize the Dog Grave Lake checkpoint. Bernard Stehelin (owner of Wilderness Fishing Yukon), Hector Leos Mendoza and Gillian Smith are at Ken Lake. Volunteers Julie Pritchard, Tania Charles, Branka Nerlovic, Martine Wolff and Medina Pedersen complement the team. Last but not least, we have the 100 mile athletes Peter Mild, Richard Charles and Gavin Clark who will join in after their race is over.


As you know from a previous update, the big news this year is our change from Rivendell Farm to Muktuk Adventures for our marathon finish. Any locals and tourists who would like to go see the finish are more than welcome to visit. Should you come with a dog, please do leave your dog in the car. You can then check with someone from Muktuk to see if it is okay to bring your pet to the start line. For the athletes the new location means they can actually eat inside. Which due to lack of space previously at Rivendell was not possible. But that’s also it. There is no place to rest inside or to hang up and dry things inside.

We have had some discussions about drying clothing and kit at remote checkpoints over the last couple of weeks. It’s a challenging topic. Obviously, we don’t want an athlete to experience a DNF due to wet gloves or similar. At the same time it is impossible to guarantee proper drying of clothes at a remote checkpoint. There is simply not enough space. Other issues are that things may get left behind, get mixed up or burned if too many people try to dry things in a wood stove heated wall tent. So, the number one thing all athletes need to keep in mind and work towards is to avoid sweating. I do realize this requires frequent stops to change layers. That’s a pain. However, dry clothes are essential for avoiding frostbite and possibly even essential for survival. Also, having to stop to take off a layer is time consuming but drying a layer in a wall tent takes time, too. In order to support participants with this challenge it is our plan at Dog Grave Lake to provide a wall tent that can be used for drying. However, this may involve time penalties. That way, athletes who end up with wet clothes can get these dry again and have less risk for getting frost bite or not finishing for being too cold. At the same time we have an incentive to react to changing temperatures. I would also like to advise that all athletes should have back-up gloves, hats, socks, etc. at all times on the trail. Regardless of upcoming checkpoints – remote or not remote.

All other checkpoints are confirmed and there are no changes.

Updates during the race

For friends and family at home there are several ways to follow an athlete. There will be updates in this news section, there is a link to the SPOT map and our results table that shows in and out times at checkpoints. In addition we will have news in our facebook group and also on Instagram.

Especially the SPOT map is great as several times per hour it will update the position of each ultra athlete. However, I do need to „warn“ you that technical failure of a SPOT is possible. That is why we have our checkpoints and crew out there to make sure everyone is fine.

Sending in paperwork

I would like to remind all athletes signed up for MYAU 2018 who live in Europe to send the originals of all their forms to my German address (Robert Pollhammer, Isarstr. 23, 82499 Wallgau) by January 20th. If you don’t live in Europe you can either also send it to the above address or take the originals to hand in in Whitehorse. Anybody who sends me their originals, please take copies before you do so and take these copies with you to the Yukon (in case something gets lost in the mail).

Sleeping bags

Just a quick info re. the right sleeping bag for the MYAU. Our rule says that the sleeping bag needs to be rated to – 45° Celsius extreme temperature (by standard EN 13537). When this rule was written all companies made their ratings to this standard. However, this has changed by now. Especially non-European companies do not use this standard anymore. Very often now the value stated is the comfort rating. The easiest thing for you if you are in doubt about the sleeping bag you intend to take, is to contact me and ask. And please ask now. I am more than happy to look it up and give you feedback.

A good indicator is also the down fill. An expedition down bag for these kind of temperatures should have at least 1,200 g highest quality down fill. Obviously, the way the bag is designed also plays a role in it, e.g. the Carinthia bag we use for renting out has “just” 1,200 g down fill. However they are rather narrow with not too much extra space and an innovative feature that makes them so warm. Warmer than some bags that may actually have more down in it.

Also, keep in mind that used/older bags may have lost a lot of its loft. On more than one occasion I have had to tell athletes that the bag they want to use is not good enough anymore. It may have been when it was new … So, if you have an old bag – your own or from a friend – make sure the down still has enough loft. Your life may depend on it so at the gear check we have to be strict.

If you take a sleeping bag with synthetic fill, the weight of the insulation is not as easy to compare. But the company who made the bag should have some technical info that allows to judge if it is warm enough or not.

Update to pre-race schedule

I updated the pre-race schedule. You will now already see what rooms at the Coast High Country Inn we use for handing out stuff, etc.

Important news for all marathon participants is that we will have a separate briefing for you! This will be on January 31st from 16:00 to 17:00, i.e. just before the banquet dinner. During that time marathoners can also take care of remaining paperwork and picking up the race bibb. That way locals do not have to come to the hotel twice. I hope this makes things easier for you. Any marathoners who do already want to get some paperwork out of the way before can (but don’t have to) do that on January 30th from 11:00 to 15:00.

For the full details please check the Race Info section.

SPOT Tracker beim MYAU 2018

Ich habe gerade in den Bereich FAQ einen Abschnitt zum Thema SPOT Tracker integriert. Alle Teilnehmer sollten diesen Beitrag bitte aufmerksam durchlesen.

Alle Athleten, die ein eigenes SPOT Gerät oder ein eigenes Garmin inReach mitnehmen, informieren mich bitte bis 15. Dezember. Ansonsten gehe ich davon aus, dass ein Miet-SPOT benötigt wird und ich werde meine Bestellung bei entsprechend machen.

Ausrüstungskauf in Whitehorse

Die beste Adresse in Whitehorse für Ausrüstung und Outdoor-/Sportbekleidung ist Coast Mountain Sports. Wenn du geplant hast, vor Ort noch deine MYAU Ausrüstung zu ergänzen, dann solltest du in jedem Fall vorab mit Coast Mountain Sports Kontakt aufnehmen. Das ist deshalb wichtig, weil natürlich viel Ware lagernd ist, aber vielleicht genau das Teil, das du brauchst, fehlt. Mit etwas Vorlauf kann Coast Mountain Sports das Produkt dann bestellen und für dich reservieren. Ansprechpartnerin ist wieder Corina Zumer, dich auch Deutsch spricht. Email:

Probleme mit dem Expeditionskocher?

Viele MYAU Teilnehmer benutzen Expeditionskocher. Diese „Multi-Fuel“-Kocher sind effizient und schmelzen Eis/Schnee sehr schnell. Wenn man seinen Kocher richtig handhabt und sauber hält, dann ist dieser auch sehr zuverlässig. Wir empfehlen und vermieten den Primus OmniLite Ti. Aber selbst der beste Kocher kann einmal Probleme machen. Dann muss man wissen, wie man damit umgehen kann. Hier ist ein tolles Video von Primus, das die richtige Vorgehensweise erklärt, wenn dein Primus Kocher nicht zünden will, oder die Flamme nicht optimal ist:


Das letzte Video vom MYAU 2017

Wenn du die News zum MYAU 2017 verfolgt hast, hast du sicher das ein oder andere Video vom Rennen gesehen. Yann Besrest-Butler und Thilo Klenz haben mit ihren Kurzfilmen einen echt tollen Job gemacht. Danke dafür! Danke auch an Marcel Hasenbalg, der das Projekt während der ersten Tage des Rennens als freiwilliger Helfer mit unterstützt hat.

Hier gibt es jetzt das letzte Video vom Rennen dieses Jahres – eine kurze Zusammenfassung vom Start am 5. Februar bis zum Zieleinlauf der 430 Meilen in Dawson City. Viel Spaß!