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7. December 2018

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…
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28. October 2018

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…
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25. October 2018

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…
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14. October 2018

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…
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7. October 2018

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…
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20. September 2018

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…
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17. September 2018

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?…
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8. September 2018

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…
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2. September 2018

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…
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31. August 2018

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…
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23. August 2018

Rule Update

I have just updated rule #7 regarding mandatory gear. From the 2019 edition onwards it is a requirement that all ultra distance athletes carry vacuum-insulated bottles with a combined volume…
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24. July 2018

Driving Force to provide rental vehicles

We are very lucky to get the support of some great local companies. Driving Force is one of them. Pretty much since the existence of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra…
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19. July 2018

Total North – our partner for satellite communication

Total North will be our partner for satellite communication at the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2019. For years this local specialist company has been providing satellite phones for our crew…
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14. May 2018

Entry fees go up after end of May

Just a quick reminder to all of you who already know you want to participate next year: Entry fees will go up after end of May. So, if you have…
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6. May 2018

Update on Training Courses

I updated the information on training courses you can take in the Yukon to prepare yourself for the MYAU. Once again next year there is the course that is organized…
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22. March 2018

Books to read

As part of preparing for the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra it makes sense to read books about cold weather races and adventures. There are some books that actually deal with…
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3. March 2018

MYAU 2019 to take place from February 3rd – 16th

As you may already have noticed I have stared to update the website with details for the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2019. The race will start February 3rd in Whitehorse.…
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16. February 2018

Donation for Little Footprints, Big Steps

The MYAU marathon participants ran approximately 780 km this year. As promised, per km 1 CAD goes to Little Footprints, Big Steps. I have rounded up the total and just…
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11. February 2018

Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2018 final report

Well, where should I start with my final report after a race like this? It is the same procedure as every year I guess, by me saying: “Every MYAU is…
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8. February 2018

Jethro de Decker is our winner

Jethro De Decker arrived at Pelly Farm 03:45 this morning. He is perfectly fine and could have easily gone back to Pelly Crossing. However, we decided to make the farm…
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7. February 2018

Jethro de Decker reaches McCabe

At 16:05 Jethro de Decker reached our McCabe checkpoint. Temperatures are still around - 40 degrees Celsius. He has got no frostbite and looked good when coming into the CP.…
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6. February 2018

300 mile race down to 5 athletes

Like on all the other days we have seen temperatures down to - 40 degrees Celsius during the day. In all 14 previous races we have not had anything like…
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5. February 2018

Another cold day in the beautiful Yukon

Back from Braeburn Lodge to a quick rest and some updates at race Headquarter. Michelle Smith finished the 100 mile race today to rank 4th overall and 1st in the…
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4. February 2018

Emanuele Gallo wins 100 mile race

Emanuele Gallo from Italy arrived in Braeburn February 3rd at 22:11 which makes him the overall winner of this year’s 100 mile race. The entire crew is really happy for…
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4. February 2018

Athletes on their way again

As you all will have seen by now the race is continuing. As soon as we had functioning ski-doos at Braeburn Lodge we gave the “go”. All remaining athletes are…
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3. February 2018

Challenging times

This morning the crew at Dog Grave Lake re-checked if all athletes had the necessary kit to build a fire and operate a stove. They also checked the athlete's clothing…
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2. February 2018

Many athletes affected by the cold

Almost all athletes looked strong as they got to Muktuk Adventures last night. So, we were hoping most of them will get through the night without major problems. Unfortunately, this…
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2. February 2018

The 15th Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra has started

At 10:35 AM 48 athletes from 17 different countries hit the Yukon Quest trail in Whitehorse. Temperatures were around – 30 degrees. Local runner Kristin Daniel won the marathon distance,…
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30. January 2018

The Shakeout Podcast

The Canadian Running Magazine did a very nice podcast about the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra, interviewing crew and athletes.
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29. January 2018

Schedule update

There are no major changes to the schedule. Just that the indoor part our training course will finish at 15:30 (instead of 15:00) and the outdoor part will then start…
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29. January 2018

Trail Update

Our crew of snowmobile guides went out yesterday, starting at Takhini Bridge to mark the trail for day 1. Normally this is done by the Canadian Rangers and we just…
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27. January 2018

Safety update

It is still too early to know exactly what the temperature will be on day 1 of the race. Right now, the forecast is for a high of – 28°…
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27. January 2018

Update regarding SPOT

Trackleaders have come up with a new and great way for MYAU athletes who are using their own SPOT/inReach or who are renting a SPOT to submit all relevant information,…
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23. January 2018

Wood-heat roasted coffee at the MYAU

Lack of sleep during the MYAU is a challenge for both the athletes and the crew. A good coffee goes a long way in making us feel better! So, I…
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23. January 2018

Expedition bread from the Alpine Bakery in Whitehorse

You are looking for some snacks for the long stretches between checkpoints? Then you should try the expedition bread from the Alpine Bakery in Whitehorse. It is one of their…
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22. January 2018

Ice on the trails

Right now the Dawson Overland trail is very icy until about 10 km south of Dog Grave Lake. There is also a significant amount of overflow. Furthermore, we have the…
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18. January 2018

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…
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15. January 2018

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…
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3. January 2018

The right 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…
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3. January 2018

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,…
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19. December 2017

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…
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11. December 2017

SPOT tracking during MYAU 2018

I just added information on our usage of SPOT trackers in the FAQ section. All athletes who participate next year should read it carefully. If you bring your own SPOT…
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4. December 2017

Don’t forget your eTA

A quick reminder to all those travelling to Canada for the MYAU who are not Canadians: In case you do not have a valid eTA you will need to apply…
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30. November 2017

Your multi-fuel stove does not work?

Many MYAU athletes use multi-fuel stoves. We recommend and rent out the Primus OmniLite Ti. Multi-fuel stoves are efficient and powerful. They get snow/ice melted quickly if need be. These…
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24. November 2017

Buying gear in Whitehorse

If you want to buy some gear at Coast Mountain Sports in Whitehorse and you want to make sure that whatever you need is there for you, please email Corina…
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1. October 2017

Check out our FAQ section

Fall is here and temperatures are getting colder. This usually means I get asked more and more questions about the upcoming MYAU, e.g. re. timings, flight bookings, accommodation, etc. Therefore,…
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3. August 2017

Muktuk Adventures to become new Marathon Finish

In 2018 the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra Marathon Finish and first checkpoint will be at Muktuk Adventures! It will be a great place for the organising team, athletes and local…
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22. March 2017

MYAU 2018 now open for entries

As of now the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2018 is open for entries. If you want to participate, please email me at info@thegreatoutdoors.de.
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22. March 2017

Final Video of this year’s race

If you followed the news on the MYAU 2017 you will have enjoyed a number of short films made by Yann Besrest-Butler and Thilo Klenz. Once again, thank you Yann…
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8. March 2017

A quick summary of the MYAU 2017

The Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2017 is history. Our 14th edition of the world’s coldest and toughest ultra. It was a cold one indeed. Although the major challenge this time…
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28. February 2017

MYAU 2017 Athlete Survey

Here comes our MYAU 2017 Athlete Survey. If you participated in this year's race please do take a couple of minutes to answer the questions. Your feedback is very important!…
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19. February 2017

Our final video from the MYAU 2017

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19. February 2017

Everybody back safely in Whitehorse

The last 430 mile athlete, Uwe Paschke, finished his race and was super happy. Once again, congratulations to all finishers! And a big thank you to all athletes who came…
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17. February 2017

Heading further north – the next video

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17. February 2017

430 mile race almost over

Jessie Thomson-Gladish crossed our Dawson City finish line at 01:04. It's the second time she finishes the 430 mile race. Once again she has amazed the entire crew with her…
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16. February 2017

More 430 mile athletes reach Dawson City

Today Daniel Benhammou (at 19:42), Jan Francke (at 20:19) and Julian Hall (at 21:34) reached our 430 mile finish line in Dawson City. Daniel (USA) who already is a 300…
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15. February 2017

Enrico Ghidoni wins 430 mile foot category

Enrico Ghidoni from Italy arrived at the Dawson City 430 mile finish line today at 08:40. Simon Reed from England arrived 11:40. Enrico had received a time penalty of 12…
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14. February 2017

Video featuring the stages between Carmacks and Pelly Farm

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13. February 2017

300 mile race is over

Stefan Zahlten from Germany crossed the Pelly finish line yesterday at 19:30 to place 2nd. At 23:15 Laura Trentani from Italy finished for 3rd overall and 1st in the women's…
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13. February 2017

Bernhard Hasenbalg wins 430 mile race

Bernhard Hasenbald from Germany crossed the Dawson City finish line late afternoon yesterday to take 1st place in our 430 mile race. Congratulations Bernhard! Enrico Ghidoni is currently in second…
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12. February 2017

Steve Hayes wins 300 mile race

Steve Hayes from Wales wins the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 300 mile race. He arrived at the Pelly Crossing finish line on Feb. 12th at 11:20 local time. He is…
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12. February 2017

Volunteering on the MYAU …

... it’s not all a dog’s life unless you’re at Dog Grave Lake It’s nearly a week since the start of the race and things have settled down after a…
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11. February 2017

Video leading up to 4 days 12 hour Carmacks cut-off

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10. February 2017

MYAU Facebook Group

Just to let everyone know who is using Facebook, our group there is very active and features a lot of images and the more "quicker" news. It is now also…
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10. February 2017

First the cold and now snow?

As every year, once we close the checkpoint at Braeburn Lodge and are set up in Carmacks, McCabe and Pelly Crossing, things start to be a bit calmer. Time for…
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9. February 2017

MYAU 2017 Day 3 & 4 Video

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8. February 2017

We have our 100 mile winners

Peter Thornton and David Hartley won our 100 mile race coming in today at 14:10. Alistair Cole and Tristan Brown came in 3rd at 17:15. All are from England. Congratulations…
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7. February 2017

MYAU 2017 Race Day 1 & 2 Video

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7. February 2017

MYAU 2017 Start Timelapse

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7. February 2017

18 athletes scratch on day 2

Okay. Time for another quick update. It has been a cold last night and it is cold tonight. I should be used to it by now. In Rivendell Farm, when…
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7. February 2017

MYAU 2017 Start Video

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6. February 2017

MYAU 2017 Pre-Race Video

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6. February 2017

– 37 degrees Celsius this morning …

Temperatures did go down to - 37 degrees Celsius in some places last night. As always this does cause problems for the athletes. Things that normally are not much of…
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6. February 2017

Perfect first day

We had a really great first day! Cold but beautiful. The start was in time at 10:30 AM Shipyard's Park. Congratulations to all marathon winners and finishers! Local athlete Brendan…
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1. February 2017

Info for private SPOT and inReach

Just a reminder that all athletes who bring their own SPOT should create and save a separate "Message Contact Profile" for MYAU. Under that contact profile, we recommend you do…
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31. January 2017

Primus Fuel

Regarding fuel pick-up at the Coast Mountain Sports, staff is ready now to help any MYAU athletes. Who needs liquid fuel can pick up 2 litres. You just need to…
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23. January 2017

MYAU rental gear

Please note that all rental gear will be handed out February 2nd from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in a room on the ground floor in the Coast High Country Inn…
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23. January 2017

Primus Winter Gas and Powerfuel

Thanks to the support of Primus and Coast Mountain Sports we can once again offer free fuel to all MYAU participants. You just need to go to Coast Mountain Sports…
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9. January 2017

Paperwork

Just a quick reminder to all participants to send in the originals of ALL/any missing paperwork by mail (not email) before January 20th. Please send it to Robert Pollhammer Isarstr.…
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26. November 2016

MYAU and space travel

Dr. Mathias Steinach will be back to conduct a study among MYAU athletes for the third time. He will study the effects the race has got on 430 mile runners…
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13. November 2016

Helping Little Footprints, Big Steps

Our world can be a strange place. The current US election results, climate change, wars, refugee crisis, ... Anybody in their right mind sometimes has to wonder. So, it’s great…
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5. November 2016

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Almost everybody travelling to Canada now needs to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before the actual journey starts. I recommend going to the eTA Application to apply for…
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29. September 2016

Offer from Fraserway RV

Fraserway RV from Whitehorse will help us with one of their great winter ready RVs for the crew again! They also have a special offer for friends & family of…
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27. August 2016

Rental Cars

Driving Force in Whitehorse have confirmed that they are happy to give a 10% discount again to anyone associated with the MYAU. So, if you have friends or family travelling…
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4. August 2016

Downtown Hotel official partner

Once again, the Downtown Hotel will be our exclusive partner for accommodation in Dawson City. We have a group booking number now which is # 627. If you already booked…
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23. April 2016

Extended survival training

From 2017 onwards Stewart Stirling will offer a 4 day survival training course leading up to the race, i.e. participants can combine the course with the actual participation in the…
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19. March 2016

MYAU 2017 starts Feb. 5th

The 14th edition of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra will start Feb. 5th, 2017. That is one day after the Yukon Quest starts in Whitehorse. Applications are already possible. Anybody…
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20. February 2016

Final race report

What a great race we have had this year! It was cold the first few nights. So everyone got to feel what it is like. But then it warmed up.…
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11. February 2016

Purchasing photos from the race

Derek Crowe now has uploaded all his photos to: http://www.derekcrowe.photo/Yukon-Arctic-Ultra-2016. For a limited time his images are available for purchase online. He charges CAD 20 per image or CAD 250…
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11. February 2016

More 300 mile finishers

Apologies for the slow updates on the website. The internet in Pelly Crossing is a bit slow right now. If you follow the MYAU on facebook you will have seen…
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10. February 2016

Photos of MYAU 2016 now online

This is just one of many great photos that Derek Crowe took during this year's Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. This one shows Jan Kriska, winner and holder of the new…
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9. February 2016

All remaining athletes make Carmacks cut-off

Julie, Oliver and Jessie got into the Carmacks CP way before cut-off. And so did Kabasawa. Unfortunately, Kabasawa has got immersion foot with the risk of an infection. That's the…
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8. February 2016

A cold day

This morning it was - 30 degrees Celsius and it has not warmed up a lot. However, all athletes are handling the cold very well by now. Unfortunately, James Innes…
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8. February 2016

Florian reaches Pelly Crossing

At 14:45 today fatbiker Florian reached Pelly Crossing. Since he really cold feet going through overflow he decided to get another good rest before he leaves for Pelly Farm. Florian…
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7. February 2016

Another beautiful day

We have seen most athletes come into Braeburn today. Right now there is only 100 miler and xc-skier Thomas Keller still out there. He will be here a long time…
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6. February 2016

David Hirschfeld and Michael Faergegaard finish 100 miles

David Hirschfeld (USA) reached the 100 mile finish at 16:50 yesterday placing 2nd. Michael Faergegaard (Denmark) followed in the evening to take rank 3. Both were tired but in good…
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5. February 2016

Michele Graglia from Italy wins 100 mile race

Michele arrived at the Braeburn 100 mile finish line after 21h 56min. Only local athlete Justin Wallace managed to have a better time in 2012. Congratulations Michele! Really well done.…
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5. February 2016

A great first day

The Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra (MYAU) 2016 started on time yesterday, at 10:30 AM at Shipyard’s Park in Whitehorse. It was very windy but relatively mild. The “warm” temperatures also…
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1. February 2016

White gas to be handed out at Coast Mountain Sports

From tomorrow onwards MYAU participants can fill their fuel bottles with white gas at Coast Mountain Sports in Whitehorse. If you want to make use of this free of charge…
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31. January 2016

Trail Update

The following trail update just came from Gary who marked the river trail from Whitehorse to Rivendell Farm: "I was out marking the river today. The warm weather last week…
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31. January 2016

The countdown is on

Not much longer now. Feb. 4th at 10:30 AM this year’s Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra will start. So far things are looking good. It is a bit warm and that…
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17. January 2016

Rental Gear

All rental sleeping bags will be handed out in Whitehorse. In the past some European athletes already got their sleeping bags shipped to them prior to the race. Not this…
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14. January 2016

A message from Coast Mountain Sports

Very important for anyone who wants to buy kit in Whitehorse, e.g. Neo Overboots: "Welcome to Coast Mountain Sports, Yukon’s largest outdoor store! Coast Mountain Sports is located in the…
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4. January 2016

Organisational stuff

Happy New Year everyone! Some things to remember for all MYAU 2016 athletes: If your name is still on the race roster but you already know that you can't come, please…
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30. December 2015

Derek Crowe race photographer at MYAU 2016

Not only did Derek Crowe help us with our new Fatbike. He also will be our race photographer for the MYAU 2016! Which is awesome because he is a Yukoner…
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27. December 2015

The YAU-Fatbike is here!

As of now we can offer a special edition fatbike to anybody who wants to participate in the MYAU and needs wheels for it. This fatbike is also available to…
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15. December 2015

News regarding SPOT

All athletes who bring their own SPOT please note that you should create and save a separate "Message Contact Profile" for MYAU. Under that contact profile, we recommend you do…
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26. November 2015

Fraserway RV new MYAU sponsor

For our 2016 MYAU we have a new local sponsor. Fraserway RV will support us with a winterized RV for our crew. And also friends and family from athletes can…
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13. November 2015

SPOTS at MYAU 2016

In 2016 we will work with SPOT satellite tracking devices again. As with any technology, there are pros and cons. But overall the positive aspects are more than the negative…
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13. November 2015

Special Edition Montane Extreme Smock

The Montane Extreme Smock is one of the first pieces of clothing that our title sponsor put into the market more than 20 years ago. Since then it has proven…
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2. November 2015

Primus to provide fuel again

As the Official Fuel Supplier, Primus will supply the participants with either LPG gas cartridges or, for colder conditions, white gas. LPG Gas is not just any gas. Its the Primus…
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27. October 2015

Update to rule #13

Yesterday I updated race rule #13. The basic message of this rule remains the same. Anybody participating in the MYAU needs to have sufficient insurance cover for medical emergencies. The…
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26. October 2015

Carinthia new sleeping bag supplier

Our race in 2015 once again demonstrated that the low temperatures can bring the participants to their limit. -50 degrees Celsius caused a lot of problems. It it gets this…
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22. March 2015

MYAU 2016 open for entries

The Application & Waiver for the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2016 is ready. Anybody interested in signing up please send me an email to info@thegreatoutdoors.de. Entry fees will go up…
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27. February 2015

MYAU race photos now available for purchase

All MYAU 2015 race photos taken by Yann Besrest-Butler are now available on www.yannbb.com for purchase. And there are a lot more photographs than what had been posted on arcticultra.de…
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26. February 2015

MYAU 2015 – final report

Another MYAU is history. It was a tough one. Temperatures of - 45 degrees Celsius, in some places on the trail possibly even down to - 50 degrees Celsius during…
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21. February 2015

Bernhard, Julie and Jessie are in Dawson

At 13:52 today Bernhard Hasenbalg from Germany reached the finish line in Dawson City. He was all smiles of course and told me that several times he was close to…
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20. February 2015

Niclas and David arrive in Dawson

At 15:15 today Niclas Bentzer and David Erixon reached the 430 mile finish line in Dawson. They rank 2nd in the xc-ski category and 8th overall. Jörn and his friends…
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19. February 2015

Mathieu Bonnier first on xc-ski

Mathieu Bonnier from France reached the Dawson City finish line at 18:55 yesterday. He ranks 1st in the xc-ski division. Overall he is the 7th athlete to finish the 430…
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19. February 2015

Pat Cooke-Rogers reaches Dawson

Pat arrived in Dawson yesterday at 16:30. She now ranks 6th overall and 4th in the overall bike category. She is first in the women's MTB category and the first…
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18. February 2015

Joel Jaile Casademont crosses finish line

At 10:30 this morning Joel crossed the finish line of the 430 mile race in Dawson. He placed 2nd in the foot category and 5th overall. It also makes him…
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18. February 2015

Who’s left in the race?

Tonight we saw the arrival of Hanno Heiss winner of the 430 mile foot race who completed the race in 9 days 8 hours and 55 minutes. Congratualtions Hanno, an…
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16. February 2015

Local Lad Free Wheels into Town

by Lucy Tanner - Volunteer Support Crew Diane, Jo and Lucy set off on a trip up the trail late last night in search of the elusive Northern Lights. Departing…
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16. February 2015

Winner of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2015

15th February 2015 16:50 Enrico Ghidoni crosses the finish line to become the winner of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2015. He has achieved a hatrick having won this event…
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16. February 2015

Day 8 – Race HQ reporting

So having established our new office in a room at the Downtown Hotel, we have been watching Enrico’s progress with bated breath. We are all rooting for him…. did you…
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13. February 2015

The MYAU – from a physiological perspective

by Dr. Mathas Steinach, Center for Space Medicine and Extreme Environments Berlin, Germany Humans are homeothermic mammals, which means that a stable internal temperature (the body core) is maintained regardless…
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12. February 2015

MYAU news on Al Jazeera English channel

Amongst other media we have with us a Canadian production team from Al Jazeera's worldwide English channel. Below you will find two very nice features that were already broadcast:
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12. February 2015

Ken Lake Checkpoint closes

All athletes are accounted for and have left Ken Lake checkpoint. Unfortunately, we had an athlete scratching there. And it's an unexpected one. Nicole Dörr from Germany could not continue…
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11. February 2015

Day 3 – Report from Jo Davies at HQ

Well, it has certainly been an interesting couple of action packed days. Not just for the athletes of this, the World’s Toughest and Coldest Ultra Marathon but for the support…
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10. February 2015

Kyle McCoy wins MYAU 100 mile race

Kyle McCoy from the USA arrived at the Braeburn finish line at 14:11 on Feb. 9th. Considering the circumstances that is a very, very good time. What is even more…
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10. February 2015

The Italian locomotive

We have some really great team spirit going on amongst the front running mountain bikers. Derek Crowe was clearly in the lead when he got to Braeburn today. But instead…
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10. February 2015

Extreme temperatures take their toll

I am finally in Braeburn and now have the time to write a quick update. First of all I want to let everybody know that Michal Kielbasinski, 430 mile athlete…
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8. February 2015

The first word from the support crew…

It takes a very long time to get here but for those who bother to make the journey there is a treat in store. Whitehorse city is nestled in the…
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6. February 2015

MYAU 2015 Training Course

Just a quick reminder that a little while ago we changed the timing for the training course a bit. The indoor part takes place from 12:30 to 15:00. And we…
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4. February 2015

It’s going to be a cold one

Quite a few athletes have already arrived. And almost all of their luggage, too. At least last night when i was at the airport to welcome eveyone. More athletes are…
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27. January 2015

Scientific Research by UAF

The Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) plan to conduct measurements for the first time – during the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2015. Robert H.…
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26. January 2015

Update on trail conditions

As some of you may have read on the Yukon Quest website, they have not yet made a final call as to whether the dog teams will start in Whitehorse…
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21. January 2015

SPOT units

Trackleaders.com has confirmed all our rental units. Those of you who bring their own SPOTs, please email me (info@thegreatoutdoors.de) following information: ESN (serial #) which you will find in the…
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1. January 2015

Happy New Year!

I wish all of you a Happy New Year and many great adventures in 2015! Montane Extreme Smock The Montane Extreme Smock is one of the first pieces of clothing…
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19. December 2014

Athletes WANTED

Dr. Mathias Steinach who will be with us for the second time to study the effects the 430 mile race has got on runners is still looking for athletes. He…
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17. December 2014

Primus has been appointed Official Fuel Supplier to the MYAU

Swedish company Primus has been creating products for outdoor use since 1892. They have been tested on expeditions by such pioneers as Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen and Sir Edmund Hillary.…
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1. December 2014

SPOTs for MYAU 2015

In 2015 we will work with SPOT satellite tracking devices again. As with any technology, there are pros and cons. But overall the positive aspects are more than the negative…
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10. November 2014

We have a new logo

We got a new logo for the MYAU pretty much one year ago. And it was a nice one. However, I have not been 100% happy with it. Due to…
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18. October 2014

Downtown official MYAU hotel in Dawson City

Yann Besrest-Butler will be official race photographer of the MYAU 2015. He already helped with race photography in 2011 along with Mark Gillett. In 2015 Yann will be back and…
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15. August 2014

Less than 6 months to go

First of all, I want to welcome all athletes who have signed up for the race so far! I hope you all enjoy your training and preparation phase. Less than…
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21. February 2014

MYAU 2015 startet am 8. Februar

Der Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2015 startet am 8. Februar. Die Teilnehmer werden dann auch wieder die Chance haben, am 7. Februar den Start des härtesten Hundeschlittenrennens der Welt mit…
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9. February 2014

YAU 2014 – final report

The 11th edition of the Yukon Arctic Ultra is history. Once again the Yukon has shown us everything it has in store. From warm temperatures down to – 40 °…
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7. February 2014

Eliot Caton and John Greenslade reach finish line at 04:55 on Feb. 7th

Eliot Caton and John Greenslade arrive back in Pelly at 04:55. John is still in pain with his feet and both are exhausted but also really happy to have made…
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7. February 2014

New gallery with pictures taken by Anaïs is online

Anaïs Marceau who is here together with her friend Laure-Anne Bouthemy to volunteer at the YAU 2014 gave me some more great pictures to put in our gallery. Later on…
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7. February 2014

James Binks and Robert Hodges finish at 19:55

Robert Hodges and James Binks from England did not sign up as a team. But they sure are a great team! At 19:55 they reach the finish line in Pelly…
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6. February 2014

Brian Bell from Ireland arrives at 300 mile finish

Brian really impressed us all with his steady pace and the fact that he crossed the finish line in great shape. Tired of course but no blisters to speak of…
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6. February 2014

Brian Bell will soon reach the finish

While Glenn and Spencer were in Pelly Crossing last night, the entire rest of the remaining support crew went to Pelly Farm. It was great there! More news about it…
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6. February 2014

At 16:13 Torben Jensen from Denmark arrives at the 300 mile finish

One of Torben's knees is hurting and he still has got shin splints. I have always had the impression it would not stop him and I was right. He arrived…
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5. February 2014

Waiting for Torben

Gary and Josh checked on all athletes on the course just now. They are all doing good. Their SPOTs are working. So, you can follow them on their final stages…
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5. February 2014

Johnny Andersen breaks 300 mile record

Danish athlete Johnny Andersen arrives at the 300 mile finish February 4th at 14:10. Not only does this mean he won the race but with this time he also broke…
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4. February 2014

Johnny Wulff Andersen trying to break the 300 mile record

Johnny did not have spare batteries. That is why his SPOT stopped working. He made it to Pelly Farm, slept there and left early this morning. He wants to get…
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4. February 2014

Temperatures drop down to – 30° C

Temperatures are now at - 30 ° C. However, so far all athletes seem to cope well. Ali did get a bit of a scare yesterday on the way to…
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3. February 2014

John and Eliot arrive at Carmacks

John and Eliot arrived in Carmacks at 03:20 AM. They are tired but overall I would say in very good shape. "You learn a lot of lessons out there" Eliot…
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3. February 2014

Robert Hodges arrives at Carmacks

Robert Hodges arrives in Carmacks at 23:22. He is feeling good and I would say he also looks like it. James Binks is not far behind and after him Eliot…
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3. February 2014

Tim Wilks scratches on way to Carmacks

When Glenn and Spencer went in to Ken Lake to bring out Stefan and Jorgen, they saw Tim. Initially he said he would try to continue. But the hills were…
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3. February 2014

Three athletes scratch

Unfortunately, this afternoon three athletes had to scratch. Linda Pomeroy asked guides Glenn and Spencer to bring her out as she had a bad cough and stomach problems. Her team…
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2. February 2014

Torben left Carmacks

After a good ret Torben looked a lot better and he left Carmacks. Johnny is very fast as the trail is hard packed. He continues to have shin splints and…
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2. February 2014

Pictures of day 1 and 2 now online

Pictures of day 1 and 2 are now online in our gallery. Sorry it took a bit longer. More pictures hopefully later today.
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2. February 2014

Volunteer crew arrives in Carmacks

The rest of the volunteer crew just arrived with me in Carmacks. Now we can help Nic who did a great job welcoming Johnny and Torben upon their arrival. Athletes…
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2. February 2014

Everybody is moving – no one scratched

It is - 28 degrees C right now. Slowly warming up. Looks like it will be another incredibly sunny day. That should give all remaining athletes lots of energy. Everyone…
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2. February 2014

All athletes safely reach Braeburn

Jim Moonie and Roger Norris were the last 100 mile athletes to reach Braeburn. They were in very good shape and said they really enjoyed the experience. Diane gave them…
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1. February 2014

Johnny Wulff Anderson leading in the 300 mile race

Johnny Wulff Andersen from Denmark arrived at Ken Lake at 12:25 and left exactly one hour later. He surprised the crew there as his SPOT is not working. They tried…
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1. February 2014

Nobody scratches at Dog Grave Lake

In 12 years of organising this race we have never had zero scratches at Dog Grave Lake. So, the trail is in pretty good shape and so are the athletes.…
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31. January 2014

A challenging but great first day

Day 1 was busy at the Takhini Hotsprings. The crew did a wonderfull job helping everyone at the checkpoint and it was a great location for us to be in.…
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31. January 2014

Turbo arrives at the Braeburn finish line at 3:36 AM

Paul Trebilock arrived at 3:36 AM on January 31st at the 100 mile finish. So, he is our overall winner for this distance. Due to hard trails and an incredible…
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31. January 2014

Video from today’s start

Here is a nice video which Robert from Takhini Hot Springs just put online: Beitrag von Takhini Hot Springs.
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31. January 2014

All athletes are fine

This is just a quick message to let you all know that all athletes are fine. We were starting to worry a bit about Martin Parnell. He was late and…
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31. January 2014

Stefano Gregoretti wins marathon

After winning the 100 miles in 2013 Stefano Gregoretti from Italy came back in 2014 to win the marathon. He finished at Takhini Hotsprings after 3 h 35 min. Considering…
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30. January 2014

Rental SPOT units are en route

Thanks to an incredible effort by Matthew from Trackleaders.com and the services of Air North Cargo all rental SPOT units will arrive in Whitehorse in about 1 hour. This means…
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30. January 2014

Yukon Arctic Ultra 2014 has started

Today's logistics before the start worked perfectly. Thanks to perfect service at the Coast High Country Inn, great help from Takhini Transports and the best crew in the world we…
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30. January 2014

All set for a great first day

As already announced yesterday, we will have our race start at Takhini Hot Springs. Athletes were informed today at the pre-race dinner that there is only one change to yesterday's…
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29. January 2014

YAU 2014 will start at Takhini Hot Springs

Our original plan was a start of the race at Rivendell Farm since the owner, Rolland and Mary Girouard, once again have prepared the checkpoint for us and we already…
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28. January 2014

Changed start location for YAU 2014

Due to more open water on the Yukon River, overflow and ice without snow (which makes marking pretty impossilbe) and generally bad trail conditions we have decided NOT to start…
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28. January 2014

Decision on start location still pending

The Yukon Quest seems to have decided that the final stretch into Whitehorse at this point is unsafe for dog teams. One of the reasons is the partially very slippery…
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27. January 2014

Just as a reminder: the schedule for the next few days

This is the schedule for the next few days. With the updated timing for the indoor part of our training course January 27th, 2014 17:00 - 18:00 Hand-Out of the…
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26. January 2014

News during the race

During the race I will write regular updates in this „News“ section. The frequency of news will not be consistent as we move north. More places now do have internet…
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22. January 2014

Timing for YAU training course changes

The YAU training course on January 28th will already start at 11:30 in the morning (NOT as originally planned at 13:30). At 12:30 we will get sandwiches served. That should…
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17. January 2014

Last minute things

Every year for some athletes the last couple of days before the race are more stressful than they should be. So, here is a list of things that will hopefully…
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9. January 2014

Trail with a lot of snow

It is a bit early but at this point one thing is pretty certain. With the high amounts of snow on the trail and the relatively mild weather right now,…
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18. December 2013

Expedition Food at Ken Lake

Like in past years at Ken Lake Checkpoint (300 miles only) we will serve expedition food there. The choices are: Spaghetti Bolognese Beef Chili (or Vegetarian Chili) Lentil Curry Chicken…
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14. December 2013

Timing for the YAU 2014

January 27th, 2014 17:00 - 18:00 Hand-Out of the rental gear, Coast High Country Inn. If you can't be there during that time please leave a message for me at…
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2. December 2013

SPOT Rental Fees

As alread mentioned in the news update from November 25th, we will be using SPOT tracking devices again. For the 300 the SPOTs are mandatory. For the 100 miles the…
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25. November 2013

YAU on facebook

There are currently many interesting discussions on our facebook group, e.g. regarding the right type of shoes, flights, etc. If you have signed up for the race and are interested…
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11. October 2013

New Yukon Arctic Ultra website goes online

Finally, it's done. The new YAU website is up and running. I would like to say a big thank you to Gerina AG who have done all the design and…
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9. September 2013

Coast High Country Inn confirms YAU support

Once again the Coast High Country Inn will be supporting the YAU. It means we get space for handing out race bibs, maps, rental gear, etc. and YAU athletes get…
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31. July 2013

New YAU website soon to be launched

At the moment a lot of work is going to a re-design of our YAU website. After more than 10 years it is about time ... At the same time…
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31. March 2013

YAU 2014 start date confirmed

As you may have already seen on our "Welcome" page next year's start date has been confirmed. The YAU 2014 will take place from January 30th to February 7th. All…