Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mushing into the New Year

Cheers from the top o' the Hill from the Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer perfectly legal dog sled poker run.

Prepared in our bulky parkas to be blasted out of our skins, we had a great time picknicking by the fire on the only calm day ever witnessed on Mt. Mac. The sun came out for Kyla Johnson, the first musher over the top. Here she checks the contents of her t-shirt.

Click on the clip to watch Darrell Otto lead four teams to the top.

Gaeten Pierrard's four dogs worked hardest for their t-shirt, compared to Crispin Studer who rode the runners all the way to the summit behind his 10 dogs. "They're just so fast," he said, compared to the smaller Copper Haul teams.

Debby Knight was a little flustered at the top, as she juggled her t-shirt and poker card into her basket. "Which one is more important to keep," she laughed and pulled her snowhook. Congratulations Debby on your decision. With it, you won the best hand.

Santa's elf Harvey van Patten delivered gifts to all the volunteers along the trail.

As Germans say at New Year's "Guten Rutsch" or good slide into 2010.

Happy trails to all the local dog drivers and our generous sponsors
Hot Hounds Dryland Dogsledding, Air North for hundreds of dollars in flight coupons, First Mate Extreme Dog Food, Icy Waters, and Yukon Brewing

There's a crowded calendar in the new year with teams meeting on January 16 for the Carbon Hill Race. Then, on January 24 2-6 dog sledders and 2-4 dog skijorers can meet again at the Oscar's Electric Race Day at 10 a.m. at Icy Waters km 4 Fish Lake Road. On February 6 the Yukon Quest starts from Fairbanks, and on Rendezvous weekend, February 27 and 28 is the Road Runner 100 organized by the Dog Powered Sports Association. Check this site for updates from trail chief Mike Simon.

photos and video by Mike Simon
posted by Jessica Simon

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Those Official Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer Poker Run and First Mate Freight Pull results in full



1 - Zoya - Canadian Eskimo Dog - Janet Keller - 240lb
2 - Cash - Husky - Dave Desmarais - 160lb
3 - Ribs - Husky - Ray Zaidan - 120lb


1 - Asha - Rottweillor - Jon Lucas - 480lb
2 - Aklak - Bouvier - Dave Desmarais - 440lb
3 - Keno - Husky - Heather Desmarais - 320lb
4 - Timber - Husky - Debbie Last - 200lb


1 - Puck - Rottweillor - Laura Jane Lucas - 200lb

Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer Poker Run (4-12 dog sleds)

1 - Luc Tweddell - 8 dogs - 1.51.02
2 - Martine Lelevier - 8 - 1.52.09
3 - Maren Bradley - 8 - 1.59.36
4 - Marcelle Fressinau - 8 - 2.00.28
5 - Darrell Otto - 10 - 2.04.40
6 - David Mason - 8 - 2.05.34 - - - - First in the money
7 - Crispin Studer - 10 - 2.06.54
8 - Pierre Duc - 7 - 2.07.02 - - - - -Second in the money
9 - Susie Rogan - 6 - 2.09.08
10 - Ryan Kinni - 10 - 2.14.32
11 - Kyla Johnson - 6 - 2.19.34
12 - Roxanne Mason - 6 - 2.21.08
13 - Gaetan Pierrard - 4 - 2.21.30
14 - Alexandra Rochat - 6 - 2.23.00
15 - Deb Knight - 10 - 2.24.00 - - - -Third in the money
16 - Tim Currie - 7 - 2.28.10
17 - Bertrand Bellencourt - 9 - 2.28.40
18 - Claudia Wickert - 6 - 2.30.35
19 - Matthieu Renner - 8 - 2.30.57
20 - Rene LaPierre - 10 - 2.30.58
21 - Trevor Braun - 9 - 2.52.46
22 - Brian Wilmshurst - 7 - 2.57.01
23 - Harvey Van Patten - 5 - 3.06.29

A most excellent day, many thanks to everyone who volunteered, and also to the Sponsors - First Mate dog foods, Yukon Brewing, Air North, and Dryland Hot Hound Racing, we all rasied over $330 for the Dog Powered Sports Association of Yukon, who need every penny to plough into their Road Runner 100 Whitehorse to Haines Junction race 27-28th February.

Next Yukon Brewing Copper Haul Twister League race - Sunday 24th January at 10am Icy Waters Ltd - 2-6 dogs for the sleds, 2-4 for the skijorers and the trail (even the by-pass section) was very nice on Friday (after our small snowfalls and a good packing) when Jon skijored at and crashed a lot less than he did at the last race - which could still have been quite a lot, but at least the trail is better. The nasty, whippy willows in the new by-pass have been well trashed by the public's snowmachines :)

Remember volunteers always welcome and needed. If interested please call Jon on 667 4138, thanks!

Have a great Festive Season!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer Poker Run photos from LONE TRAILS photography, Stefan Wackerhagen

"Phew that was a big Hill!", "Aye, and having "oh oh Mr Trevor, I've got a sore shoulder, honest," in the basket didn't make it any easier"

Trevor Braun reaches the high point of the race, just as his "passenger" remarks "Thanks Ladz, hey Trev, it's all downhill from here right? Funny thing, this shoulder feels ok now ..."

"Lovely view eh?", Stuff the view, where's that beer?"

Harvey Van Patten "and a very Merry Christmas to you, and Yukon Brewing" leaving his empty T-shirt with the Mt Mac volunteer card stop

Darrell Otto "heeey! Where's my beer?"

Congestion on the mountain top

Gaetan Pierrard and his 4 dogs marching to the top

"phew, whatta climb, worth it for the Beer though!"

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reach for the Sky and Take the Beeer photos from Clark Rodgers

Harvey Van "Santa" Patten, frosted up his beard and was the image of Saint Nick by the time he got back - thanks for getting in the festive spirit Harvey!

Pierre Duc, Carmacks Musher, takes second and $250 of Yukon Brewing and Hot Hound's money, and a $100 certificate from Air North with a Queen high flush

Claudia Wickert trades in the skis for a sled for a chance at the big hand

Martine Lelevier racing to second in time (not prizes), just 7 secs short of the fastest time set by the Echoes Kennel

Alexandra Rochat, heavily muffled

Susie Rogan "Heeey, what's this? a sled? where are the skis? That's the last time I let Hans pack for me"

Darrell Otto from Mendenhall poses for the newspaper

Tim Currie, down from Dawson for the Race
These photos were courtesy of Clark Rodgers, many thanks Clark; more Photos from LONE TRAILS photography, Stefan Wackerhagen coming soon

Monday, December 14, 2009

Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer, First Mate Freight Pull, attract biggest field yet

Quick Results - 23 4-12 dog teams raced round the 22 mile firm trail Sunday, whilst 8 stalwart pullers battled it out at Icy Waters Ltd.

Winners of Air North, Yukon Brewing, and Hot Hounds Dryland Racing's cash and certificates on LL2009-123 were:

David Mason - $450 cash + $100 Air North Certificate
Pierre Duc - $250 cash + $100 Air North Cert.
Deb Knight - $100 cash + $200 Air North Cert

First Mate Freight Pull

Lightweight - Zoya the Canadian Eskimo Dog - Janet Keller - 240lb

Mediumweight - Asha the Rottie - Jon Lucas - 480lb

Heavyweight - Puck the Rottie - Laura J. Lucas - 200lb

A big thank you to the sponsors, and all the volunteers at the start/finish, and those of you standing out at the card pick-ups.

More details and photos later!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

First Mate Freight Pull - ON! Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer DPSAY Fundraiser Poker Run ON!

With thanks to First Mate Dog Foods, Air North, Yukon Brewing, & Hot Hounds Dryland Racing...
...and also to all you volunteers who the racers will see tomorrow, and the three hardy trail markers and checkers this afternoon.

Probably the coldest day in December (again) will greet our 3rd Annual Freight Pull and Poker Run

The trail is good, the card stops are in place, RM Laura J.Lucas and timer Simi Morisson are all revved up and ready to go; the firepit is even in place.

8 places remain after Gaetan Pierrard and Susie Rogan signed up (swopping their skis for sleds for this one), and Rene LaPierre signed up his Malamute Heavy Brigade.

See you all at 10am - Poker Run, and 11.30-noon for the Freight Pull - km 4.2 Fish Lake rd, Icy Waters Ltd.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer update

Marcelle Fressinau of Alayuk Adventure registers as 14th team; 11 places left on the start roster.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

First Mate Extreme Freight Pull and Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer all set for Sunday 13th!

First Mate Extreme Freight Pull
Meet 11.30-Noon at Icy Waters Ltd; Heavyweight 100lb+; Mediumweight between 60 & 100lb; Lightweight 0-60lb.

No treats (food or other items deemed to be unfair by the judge eg clickers, targets etc) - at any time whilst your dog is competing.

Start may be slightly delayed until the last of the Poker Run teams have left, please be patient.
Prizes in all categories 1st = 6 bags First Mate Extreme dog food; 2nd = 4 bags; 3rd = 2 bags.
Entry fee $20.

Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer Poker Run (Lottery Licence 2009-123)

Meet 10am Icy Waters Ltd. $20 Entry Fee, all proceeds to DPSAY.

4-10 dog teams. 4-6 dog teams planned to leave at 11am; 7-10 dog teams will leave 10 mins after last 4-6 team leaves.

Purse $800 cash (Yukon Brewing and Dryland Hot Hounds) and $400 Air North Flight Certificates.

Trail to be checked and flagged on Saturday 12th.

Volunteers for dog yard and start line urgently needed - and you'll thank them for getting to the start line so press gang some friends and relatives. Everyone who helps gets some delicious Arctic Charr fillets!

One card given out as follows:
Start line
Jackson Lake (Brian and Tanya)
Sunshine Valley Ranch (Wendy, Rock, and Ingabritt)
Sky High Wilderness Ranch (Jocelyn, Gary)
Guillaume will ensure you get off Fish lake - but he isn't a card stop
Shoulder of Mt Mac - the High Point - Jessica and Mike Simon - card and T-shirt
Finish Line

All cards embossed with Icy Waters Ltd seal

Make the best 5 card poker hand and make sure the Timer/RM agrees and notes it down when you finish.

We will be timing, but prizes are awarded to the best 3 poker hands only. All finishers receive an Arctic Charr dog food block, courtesy of Icy Waters Ltd.

This is an unsupported race, there is no snowmacine support, sweeper, or cover over the 22 miles.

And...the 13th is predicted to be the coldest day in Decmber - wrap up warm!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Oscar's Electric CHT Race Day DATE CHANGE

Due to conflict with Carbon Hill race date, Oscar's Electric CHT is now Sunday Jan 24th.
2-6 dogs for sleds, 2-4 dogs for Skis.

Sun 13th - 22 mile Poker Run + Freight Pull

10am at Icy Waters Ltd: Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer Poker Run + at 11.30am Icy Waters Ltd First Mate Extreme Freight Pull.

Icy Waters Ltd, km 4.2 Fish Lake rd, Whitehorse.

Poker run: 4-6 dog teams will leave approx 11am, larger teams leave 15 mins after last small team. All teams leave at 2 min intervals
Due to Lottery Licensing regulations race limit is 25 teams max; 12 teams have already pre-registered. To register call Jon at 668 7012/667 4138.

Freight Pull: Dog weight categories Lightweight 0-60lb, Mediumweight 61-100lb; Heavyweight 101lb+.

Both competitions $20 entry fee. Poker Run proceeds to DPSAY, Freight Pull proceeds to CHT Org.
Note, Poker run is an unsupported trail - trail is flagged, but there is no snowmachine support, nor sweeper snowmachine - if you lose your team, you are on foot till you find them.

Trail final check and flagging, 12 noon Saturday 12th Dec. Anyone with a snowmachine welcome to come and help, please call Jon at the numbers above.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Alpine Vet Race Day - more teams, more thrills, and a few more spills

Photos courtesy of Stefan Wackerhagen, . To see more photos of the race go to - Thanks Stefan!

Karine Grenier's 9 month old youngsters pound home

Cynthia Corriveau encouraging her team

Erin Spicer leaves the start chute to victory in the Kid's 5km race

Bertrand Bellencourt leans into the curve

Kiko looks happy in the Pet Dog, but Cynthia Friedrich doesn't look so sure

"No, No Hanah, don't jump on the nice cameraman" shouts Kam Davies, Hanah didn't jump on him, she leapt over him!

With the trail very hard packed and slick, the skijorers had some difficulty carving the corners - after Jon (Snowpigs) lost the edge, smacked down and slid almost into the landfill electric fence, observing volunteer Jocelyne LeBlanc commented "And that is why I will never skijor". The sleds also had some "fun" carving the turns, Quest Veteran Kyla Boiven commenting "I wiped out three times, in eight miles, I havn't crashed like that for 2 years!".

Despite the spins and crashes, the leading times were significantly faster than last race, and with the 5th dog for the sleds and the skate skiers, well, unable to effectively skate with much confidence, the sleds finished pre-eminently in the top five.

Thanks to all the Pet Dog Racers, this was a good field, and all the dogs had a good time. Congrats to Erin Spicer, for hanging around for 2 hours to run the kids 5km alone - a great race time, $25, and 10 points for the Kid's league were in the bag for her.


8 Copper Haul Twister

1 - Tony (the Bandit) Radford - 26:17 - Drag n Fly - 5 dog sled - Jocko & Turbo
2 - Crispin Studer - 27:18 - no name - 5 dog sled - Witch & Becks
3 - Jon Lucas - 27:37 - Snowpigs - 3 dog skis - Tutshi
4 - Dave (Tagish Tornado) Johnson - 29:57 - Dead Broke Kennels - 5 dog sled - Chub & Julie
5 - Kyla Boivin - 32:03 - Doggone Racing - 5 dog sled - Pebbles & Posie
6 - Kyla Johnson - 32:25 - Doggone Racing - 5 dog sled - no name leaders
7 - Alexandra Rochat - 34:18 - no name - 5 dog sled - Big Bear & Suomi
8 - Cynthia Coriveau - 34:59 - no name - 2 dog skis - Sugar & Nahanni
9 - Gaetan Pierrard - 35:18 - no name - 3 dog skis - Ibex & Bertha
10 - Ian Stewart - 35:26 - Skinny Puppy - 5 dog sled - Walker & Logan
11 - Bertrand Bellencourt - 35:53 - no name - 5 dog sled - Taro & Skoute
12 - Claudia Wickert - 35:57 - no name - 2 dog skis - Hydro & Ultra
13 - Trevor Braun - 36:32 - My Dog - 3 dog skis - Bella & Finger
14 - Karine Grenier - 37:39 - Casavant - 5 dog sled- Anis
15 - Jeff Diment - 37:40 - Grandpa Campbell's - 5 dog sled - Toot & Echo
16 - Kate Weekes - 45:11 - Skinny Puppy - 5 dog sled - Bungee & Trooper
17 - Wendy Morrison - 45:13 - The Zoo - 2 dog skis - Wilson & Guru
18 - Stephen Reid - 47:12 - no name - 3 dog sled - Cruz
19 - Grant Simpson - 47:20 - Skinny Puppy - 5 dog sled - Kikoyo & Lulu

5 km Kid's Race

1 - Erin Spicer - 12:21 - Dogged Pursuit - 3 dog sled - Freckles & Maisie

5 km 1 Pet Dog

1 - Tiramasu - Pippa Lawson - 13:47 - skis
2 - Asha - Jon Lucas - 14:53 - bike - Snowpigs
3 - Hanah - Kam Davies - 19:01 - skis
4 - Kiko - Cynthia Friedrich - 22:01 - skis
5 - Tarka - Kyla Johnson - 24:08 - skis

Thanks again to all you volunteers, and to the Chocolate Claim (take your own mug and save 50c on a coffee) for the cash, and our merchandise sponsors - Yukon Brewing, Yukon Honda, Yukon Grain Farm, Drury's Elk Farm, Icy Waters Ltd, First Mate Dog Foods, Midnightsun Alpacas, Grizzly Pigs Farm.

See below for Jessica Simon's write up, and details of Sunday 13th's Poker run and First Mate Freight Pull!

December Pooper Scoop

Chocolate Claim Race Day
8-Mile Twister

This month's Twister on a trail of glazed snow was fast and slick. Mike Simon said teams sent up plenty of spray banking around his corner. Watch Crispin Studer's team, below, pounding down the trail.

In a nifty spin, Tony Radford's team wrapped around Marianne Gregoire's legs and pulled her off her feet. "Sorry to the volunteer I accidentally took out," he said upon collecting his first place winnings.

Being bowled over by dogs is nothing, according to a volunteer from the Australian Dog Trainers Association. A dryland driver herself, she's seen kangaroos leap out of nowhere to jump a team in gang.

In the videoclip below Grant Simpson demonstrates a Lesson from the Trail: Tell the dog driver in human language what they need to do (left, right, straight ahead) and let them translate into dog (gee, haw, on-by) for the team. Then hope the team reacts before they flatten you.

On the home stretch, left, Dave Johnson's team passes Jeff Diment on his debut Twister. Willkommen ins Club, Jeff!

The Copper Haul coyotes were spotted trailside by Mike and Jessica Simon. A race so thrilling even the wildlife come out to watch.

5-k Kids
Erin Spicer was the only entrant in the Kids' Race, and flew down the trail until she landed on her side. Here, she keeps her gangline taut and rights her sled.
5-k Pets
Pet dogs pull all kinds of equipment down the trail. Here's Tiramisu having far more fun skijoring with Pippa Lawson than Asha's having bikejoring with the serious-looking competition, Jonathan Lucas.

Thank you to all our sponsors

Chocolate Claim
Yukon Brewing
Yukon Agriculture Assoc.
Icy Waters Ltd.
Midnight Sun Alpacas
Drury's Elk Farm
Yukon Grain Farm
First Mate Dog Food
Yukon Honda

for letting us have so much fun.
The next Twister meets on at January 24, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Icy Waters, km. 4 Fish Lake Road. Note the date change.

This coming Sunday, December 13, mushers can Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer in a totally legal race 2200' up Mt. Mac for a nice fresh t-shirt and down for a with a handful of cards. Prizes include airfare vouchers from Air North, and cash donated by Air North, Yukon Brewing and Hot Hounds Dryland Racing for the best poker hand. For those hardworking pack dogs, the First Mate Dog Food Extreme Freight Pull starts at 11:30 a.m.

On the same weekend, the Yukon Quest is organizing a work bee at McCabe Creek, the unique checkpoint shared by the Yukon Quest and Arctic Ultra. The original building was lost to fire in February and the Kruse family are hard at work to make the replacement shop ready for this year's Quest. Anyone with skills on the tools is invited to contact Wendy Morrison at the Quest office at 667-4411 or for details.

See you next week or next year! Merry Christmas and Happy Trails from the Copper Haul Twister.

photos, film and words by Jessica Simon

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Chocolate Claim Race Day ON!

Trail checked and polished today between 3.30 and 5pm.

All looks good, even the new section. Extra flagging put up. The Moose had destroyed the red warning Xs, now replaced, hopefully moosey will be elsewhere tonight.

See everyone at 10am, at Icy Waters Ltd tomorrow.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Race details for this and next weekend!

Dec 6th - Round 2 - Chocolate Claim Race Day - Trail good even after extensive remodelling thanks to City grader in the old landfill - we've bypassed the gravel - you'll love it, really, crash test dummy Jon armoured up (even used a helmet) and didn't fall once skijoring with 3 dogs - well not in that new section.

Meet 10am Icy Waters Ltd. km 4.2 Fish Lake Rd, on Sunday - spectators and volunteers very welcome. NOTE:
1 Pet dog - is ONE PET DOG with you using anything unpowered over 5 km
The 8 mile Twister is 2-5 dogs for sleds and 2-3 for Skijorers
5km Kids Race is 2-4 for sleds and 2-3 for skijorers

Carolyn Campbell is Race Marshall - or Supreme Ruler for the day

Dec 13th - 10 am Icy Waters Ltd - Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer Poker run - LEGAL GAMBLING on Fish Lake Rd - hey let's turn the fish farm into an aquatic nightclub and casino - it'll make more money to sponsor more dog races!! ok back to reality- $20 entry for the chance to win $550 cash and certs - and that's just first prize - 2nd and 3rd aren't too shabby either. To register simply call Jon at 668 7012 (and leave a message if he's busy with his second job at Icy Waters Ltd) and promise to turn up with $20, warning - if you take a place and don't show, then unfortuately Puck will come and chew you, and you don't want a Puck chewing you, seriously.

Meet Puck - "me? chew? no, never, honest - what sofa?"

And, for the second year running Veteran Harvey Van Patten has already registered FIRST, with a promise of a crisp crunchy $20 for DPSAY (that's where all the money's going), for the chance of that 1st prize and the certainty of a refreshing Yukon Brewing cool T-shirt at the High Point (geographically, and imbibingly) of the race - on the shoulder of Mt Mac, looking out at the vast expanse of snow covered plains and valleys below (alright, Fish Lake, but it is spectacular up there). 4-12 dogs, complete the 22 mile run in 4 hours or be scratched - c'mon even that Mr Schnuelle can go faster than that (just)!

Dec 13th - 11.30am - yep, the same day that the athletic monkeys are climbing 2000 feet for a T shirt (it's amazing what people will for a free aluminium wrapped pressurised t shirt)- Icy Waters Ltd, bring your Freightpuller for a chance to win up to $250 worth of FIRST MATE EXTREME dog food - or simply go buy it at Duffy's Pets and Tanzilla Harness Supply!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

LEGAL - Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer Poker Run is....Legal

With threat of being hauled off to jail for organising a dog race lifted, all the organisers have to worry about is various plough operators being bored by the lack of snow and "having a larf" ploughing trails and minor roads they don't usually go near.

Air North, Yukon Brewing, and Dryland Hot Hounds' Poker run is legally on (thanks DPSAY!)- meet 10am at Icy Waters Ltd, km 4.2 Fish Lake Rd Sun Dec 13th, for the race and at 11.30 for the First Mate Extreme 3/4 tonne Freight Pull!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Chocolate Claim Race Day - Sun Dec 6th - Looking good

Meet 10 am Icy Waters Ltd -

5km 1 pet dog - race on skis, run, bike, or simply take your dog for a walk for a chance of Pet Dog glory - and some crisp cash of course;

5km Kid's race - 2-4 dogs for sleds, 2-3 for skis;

and the new and twistily improved CHT 8 mile adult race with 2-5 dogs for sleds and 2-3 for skijorers.

Cash from the Chocolate Claim, goodies from Yukon Brewing, Yukon Ag Association, Icy Waters Ltd, Midnightsun Alpacas, Drury's Elk farm, Yukon Grain Farm, First Mate Dog Food, and Yukon Honda.

and.....don't forget the

It's a poker run - speed is not important, so long as you can complete the 22 miles in 4 hours (that's 5.5mph) and collect the cards, you've got a chance to win all that luverly cash and Air North flight certificates - and we have applied for a Gambling Licence, so we're legal (honest), and there is a $20 entry fee!

First Mate Extreme Freight Pull Competion also on the 13th - details to follow

Saturday, November 28, 2009

November Pooper Scoop

Alpine Vet
8-mile Twister
Out on the trail, things always look a little different than at the musher's meeting. Here's why.
In case the squiggle on the whiteboard looks daunting, the CHT committee festooned the forest with flagging. If the mass of orange streamers are on your left, go that way. On the right - gee.

Jon's odd drawing of a moose (top, centre) marks nighttime sightings. Mushers are reminded to be alert for wildlife on the trail. This curious coyote watched five teams pass.

With nine volunteers for the season opener, the 18 teams that started in near perfect conditions had little trouble finding their way to the Whitehorse War Eagle Pit landfill. And, with the raven flock alarm at the dump, everyone had their ears up and eyes open at the live electric fence. In the final loop, Janet Keller was one of many to call out, "way more fun than last year!"

Judging from race results, the new course with its tight corners and hills, should level out the imbalance between skis and sleds. Above, Jonathan Lucas demonstrates the Greenland Fan formation.

Although there aren't many opportunities for head-on passing on this route, a few teams found a chance.

Skijorer Darryl Sheepway found the 8 mile trail more challenging than last year's 12. Watch him in the clip below, as he paces Kyla Johnson:

5-k Pet Class
Pippa Lawson and Tiramisu were true sports of the trail when they went out after winning the 5 k to give Leanne Kormos' dog, Pongo, a reason to pull her GT. Watch Pongo "lay chase" here:

5-k Kids Class
Grateful as mushers and teams are to be off the truck track terror, kids and pets ran the standard 5 k course. Although Louve Tweddell won the first meet of the season, her sister Lori earned the Iron Musher when her team tangled with Louve's, then ripped the sled out of her grasp. Undaunted Lori ran down the trail to where a volunteer had snagged the runaways and held them down.

The Chocolate Claim Race Day is set for Sunday, December 6 at 10 a.m. To volunteer for a reward of human-grade arctic char, and also qualify for league standing, meet at Icy Waters Ltd., Km 4 Fish Lake Road. Win cool prizes from our traditional sponsors Yukon Brewing, Midnight Sun Alpacas, First Mate Dog Food, Yukon Agriculture Association, and Aurora Booties, as well as goodies supplied by our new sponsors Drury Elk Farm, Yukon Honda, and Yukon Grain Farm.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Chocolate Claim Race Day - Sun Dec 6th

Yes, it's 2-5 dogs for the sleds, and 2-3 for skis - the sleds' chance for victory!!

and...we welcome Drury Elk Farms, Yukon Honda, and Yukon Grain Farm as merchandise sponsors of the CHT - what an opportunity - racing for eggs, elk, potatoes, beer, skidoo oil etc, alpaca socks, fish, dog food - race enough times and you won't have to go shopping! Alternatively, simply forget all that training and racing and just go shopping from the sponsors, laze on the couch, watch the telly, look at the cold outside through the window by the hot stove (and that's enough disincentivising from Snowpigs, thank you - ed)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

RR100 (beep beep) Sponsorflash 2!!

Arctic Backhoe and CKRW join RR100 sponsors!

Use these companies when you have the opportunity!

RR100 (beep beep) Sponsorflash!!

WHITEHORSE MOTORS puts in $1000 to RR100 purse.

With $1000 from Icy Waters already in the purse we're at $2000 and growing

Thank-you WHITEHORSE MOTORS - buy a Ford, you know they're good, and they didn't take a bail-out!

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Official Alpine Vet Race Day results

Race photos courtesy of Nikolai - thanks Nikolai!!

Marcelle Fressinau racing towards her prize of half a doz fresh free range eggs from Grizzly Pigs Farm...ironic that she has a flock of 40 chickens....

Luc Tweddell rides the brake pad down the final hill, not yet knowing that his daughters have already won him 6 tasty Yukon Brewing T shirts due to a unique set of circumstances!

Alexandra Rochat and team calmly enjoy the run. Good to see some booties in use.

"Grizzly! Grizzly! Get Luckas, he's up there! Charge! Gettim Gettim!" - an uncompetitive and relaxed Darryl Sheepway skijors calmly through the woods
An intensely concentrating Wendy Morrison exhibits a perfect snowplough behind her airborne team
"Uh-Oh! Bluto! Bluto! straight out, stay Oooouuut!" as Jon Lucas's Snowpigs "arrowhead" formation starts to resemble a pre-crash three dog fan

Crispin Studer "Now, I'm sure I put a sandwich in here somewhere"

The new, and twistier, Twister 8 mile course was thoroughly enjoyed by 18 teams - 11 sled teams and 7 skijor teams. The skijor teams won on both the number of falls, and each fall's individual technical difficulty (as in " how do people bend like that and not break?"), but more importantly 3 skijorers finished in the top 5. This is not too surprising, as the sleds were limited to 4 dogs, just one more than the skis.

Next race may be a different picture as the sleds increase to 5 dogs, and the skis stay at 3.

A pleasant day at around -15'c, with some cloud and occasional light snow, just covering a hard, often narrow, well packed trail that wound through the trees from Icy Waters Ltd up above the old War Eagle Pit, before an excellent one mile glide downhill with just one corner to upset all the male skijorers before a sharp left hander along the new dump fence and about 10,000 dog distracting Ravens to the end loop and a return run along the cut line before more woods and a delightful sidehill downhill before the inevitable climb back to the finish line. 17 teams followed the trail marking and volunteers; erm, 1 team confused some trail marking and did a shorter course, but everyone got back safely, some didn't get any bruises!

Jon Lucas showed he isn't ready to give up the trophy just yet, posting a 2 minute lead over second place Luc Tweddell. Luc put on fresh runner plastic immediately before the race, and Crispin Studer is sure that's how Luc beat him into third by 1 second. Expect to see more of Trevor Braun, finishing in 4th, as he's moved a lot closer than Braeburn where he was based last year, and Darryll "Wheeze, cough, splutter, I am so out of shape" Sheepway finished in the points to take 5th.

Kyla Boivin showed there was little between her A and B teams, as she finished 6th, with guest monkey Kyla Johnson bringing the B team in 7th just 1 min 46s later and ahead of Fabian "Leon" Schmitz (recipient of the incredibly warm Midnight Sun Alpaca socks - most excellent stocking stuffers for Christmas - see the RM to order, and your loved ones' toes need never be cold again) who pushed (well not literally) skijoring Linda Lewis (who drove in all the way from Destruction Bay - and presumably back after the race - what dedication! As she had to leave early, she said "give my prize to the Kids race" - She wasn't to know, but it was some glass packaged Yukon Brewing T shirts) into 9th. Alexandria Rochat was 10th in 37:51, 9 seconds ahead of Moe Boksa of "Moe Better Kennels" (presumably that isn't referring to speed), who finished 54 seconds ahead of unfortunate Cynthia Corriveau who short circuited the course and earned herself a 10 minute penalty from the understanding, yet formidably firm, RM. (Cynthia though really had her day made for her when the random allocation of prizes assigned her the YAA T-shirt as a prize, it was XXXL, she can't even use it as a nightshirt - she might get lost in there! ... erm ... as well). Marcelle Fressinau came in lucky 13th, although not as lucky as Olivier Peligry who's 14th pace landed him 6 smaller sized refreshing glass wrapped T shirts. Deb Knight, in her inaugural Twister landed 15th, 30s ahead of Claudia Wickert, herself 13 minutes ahead of Wendy Morrison and 21 mins ahead of Red (well, miniature sandy coloured) Lantern winner Janet Keller and her freightpulling Siberians.

The Kids race was a sisterly battle between Lori and Louve Tweddell, Louve won, as Lori lost her sled, but the real winnner was Dad Luc, who picked up Linda Lewis' generous donation to the Kids race.

Newcomer Tiramasu pulled skate skier Pippa Lawson to victory in the Pet Dog, with Asha ("Why do we do this? I get lots more treats and you get better prizes in freight pull - you'll have to ski faster if you want to win, this is just tedious") the Rottie and Jon Lucas taking second and Leanne Kormos working very hard with Pongo and a GT racer in third.

Results at a glance

8 mile CHT

all 4 dog sled unless otherwise stated

1--Jon Lucas - Snowpigs - Bluto - 3 dog skis - 28.50
2--Luc Tweddell - Echoes - Hotshot & Goose - 30.54
3--Crispin Studer - no name - Banshee & Storck - 30.55
4--Trevor Braun - no name - Shipton & Bella - 3 dog skis - 33.06
5--Darryll Sheepway - Smokin' Paws - Polar & Grizzly - 3 dog skis - 33.30
6--Kyla Boivin - Doggone Racing - Pebble & Chaos - 34.10
7--Kyla Johnson - Doggone Racing - Posee & Kanga - 35.56
8--Fabian Schmitz - no name - Hydro & Swamp - 36.37
9--Linda Lewis - Chettyna - Naghay & Dlua - 2 dog skis - 37.41
10--Alexandra Rochat - no name - BigBear & Suomi - 37.51
11--Moe Boksa - Moe Better - Tux & Velvet - 38.00
12--Cynthia Corriveau - no name - Nahanni & Raven - 2 dog skis - 38.54
13--Marcelle Fresinau - Alayuk Adventure - Jade - 40.00
14--Olivier Peligry - Alayuk Adventure - Apache - 42.00
15--Deb Knight - Jesaris - Willow & Vegus - 43.50
16--Claudia Wickert - no name - Maddy & Klein - 2 dog skis - 47.00
17--Wendy Morrison - The Zoo - Wilson & Dude - 2 dog skis - 60.00
18--Janet Keller - Grizzly Blizzard - Ringo & Kuzma - 68.00

5km Kids' Race

1--Louve Tweddell - Echoes - Tayo & Minto - 18.55
2--Lori Tweddell - Echoes - Ozzy & Phantom - 26.35

5km Pet Dog Race

1--Tiramasu - Pippa Lawson - Tiramasu - skis - 13.56
2--Asha - Jon Lucas - Snowpigs - skis - 17.37
3--Pongo - Leanne Kormos - Doggone Racing - 39.00

Many thanks to all the volunteers, it's not possible without you, please come back for the Dec 6th Chocolate Claim Race Day; the Reach For the Sky and Take the Beer Poker Run and First Mate Extreme Freight Pull, both on the 13th Dec.

Also thanks to Yukon Brewing, Alpine Vet, Icy Waters Ltd, Midnight Sun Alpacas, Grizzly Pigs Farm, First Mate Dog Foods, Yukon Agriculture Assocn and Aurora Booties for all the prizes!

See you all on Dec 6th!! 10am, Icy Waters Ltd. Sleds 2-5 dogs, Skis 2-3 dogs.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Race Results are IN

Jon Lucas is unable to update due to his fine internet service that goes wonky when the weather gets kooky, so here they are. The results come via Dave Demarais (who also has different, but similarly wonky internet service tonight) to the cozy cabin full of dogs here at Chaos Kennels. No internet problems 70km out of town! Ha!

So here we go!

18 teams turned out for the main race, what a great turn out for Race #1!! Apparently the new hilly and twisty trail was a big hit and even more enjoyable for spectators and trail volunteers. 2 teams entered the kids race, and 3 in the pet dog for a grand total of 23 teams! Complete results to follow when Jon-the-race-guru is back online. :)

Kids - 5km
  1. Louve Twedell
  2. Lauri Twedell

Pet dog - 5km
  1. Pippa Lawson - -Tiramasu
  2. Jon - Asha
  3. Leanne Kormos - Ponjo
Main Event - 8-mile race
  1. Johnny F. Luckas: 28:50
  2. Luc Twedell: 30:54
  3. Crispin Studer: 30:55
  4. Trevor Braun: 33:06
  5. Darryl Sheepway: 33:30

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Alpine Vet Race is ON!!!

Trail was good and ski friendly last night; to be packed (again)/checked and flagged tonight.

Temp prediction : between -14 and -19.

Bring potluck stuff (oh, and dogs and sleds, skis etc), and see you all at 10.00 Sunday.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Trail Report - Thursday 19th Nov

8 mile skijored with 3 dogs tonight: S-L-I-C-K, well packed and good fun.

Due to Yukon Electric Co Ltd Ploughing the first 400m of the trail, special rules apply for Sunday:

all sleds must have drag/pad brake

use of claw brake in first and final 400m prohibited - there isn't enough snow cover for it to work anyway.

See you all Sunday!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Snow, Snow, and some more....snow!

Eight Mile trail shaping up nicely, with good packing. Intrepid ATVs and 4 x 4 trucks are having a very selfish (but thoroughly enjoyable, I'm sure, for their drivers) time carving up both this and the CHT Kid's and Pet Dog Loop, but presently the snow is soft amd moist enough to be continually repacked by snowmachine and adapted pallet.

If anyone wants to help pack, and get to know the course, call Jon at 667 4138.

It's all go for the funtastic:

ALPINE VET RACE DAY, Sunday 22nd Nov

8 Mile, Twister, Sleds 2-4 dogs, Skis 2-3 dogs, Age 14+
5km Kids, Sleds 2 -4 dogs, Skis 2-3 dogs, Age 5-13
5km 1 Pet Dog, 1 erm Pet dog, anything goes (unmotorised :) )

Meet - 10am Icy Waters Ltd, Km 4.2 Fish Lake Rd, Whitehorse; Dog Truck parking - usual place at the MacIntyre Marsh Gazebo lookout. $10 entry fee, each race.

Race Marshall - Carolynne Campbell - the Race Marshall only needs the one rule: The RM can make up any rule at any time for any occurance and backdate it to 5 minutes before the occurance took place - everyone be nice to the Race Officials and Volunteers.

Volunteers always needed and appreciated - Arctic Charr fillets as a thank-you, and of course a chance to win a delicious glass wrapped packet of 6 mouth watering T-shirts from Yukon Brewing.

Next races
- Dec 6th : Chocolate Claim Race Day
- Dec 13th : Reach For the Sky and Take the Beer: Air North, Yukon Brewing, and Hot Hounds' Hill Climbin' Poker Run. Purse $1200; and at the same location -
- Dec 13th : First Mate Extreme Freight Pull: 36 Bags First Mate Extreme up for grabs!

Happy training...or happy tumbling into the rocky bits you Snowpigs!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New route! CHT breaks new ground!

The CHT Org has changed the direction of the CHT - now we will be riding West (no, not into the sunset, we're starting at 10am - don't forget). Parking area, and meeting place is the same - the MacIntyre Marsh lookout and Icy Waters Ltd - but we will be starting on the other side , just like we do for Yukon Brewing and Air North's Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer Poker Run.

This is a far more "interesting" trail - climbing a bit up Haekel Hill, then turning off through the woods onto the Trans Canada Trail, then gently climbing on a narrower section of the Copper Haul till some short steep climbing to get above the old dump (with a marvellous view I might add - and that's what's important in a sprinty race), before about a 1 mile downhill glide with some real fun turns ending at a (relatively wide) 90' left (that's "haw" or "HAW! HAAAAW!" for all you dogs reading this - Ivy, Loki) turn at the new dump fence (it's electric, don't touch, or touch and re-energise - look at the thrills the CHT Org finds for you!), then it's off towards Trails North, but we turn and loop back before reaching there, running back along the new dump fence with some super head on passing opportunities before diving (the operative word) back into the woods for some twists and turns before re-emerging on Copper Haul above Icy Waters and there's simply a gentle sidehill swoop down and gentle rise back to the start/finish line - and its only 8 miles! 8 smiles of fun trail :)

Seriously: it's been packed, it sees very few trucks, it's narrower, twistier, and has a a much better view than the relatively boring wide Copper Haul we used to run on, and Jon's skijored it with 3 dogs and only fell over a bit - but then that's to be expected. Additionally C & C Dirt and Gravel havn't locked a giant metal gate across it, like thay have on the funnest part of the old CHT trail.

Annnnd, the first race is just 4 dogs for sledders, if you have a brake pad you'll love it. If you don't, it'll be really fun for any spectators!

So - park as usual, meet as usual, please volunteer as usual (with Arctic Charr thank-yous as usual), then run the new unusual trail:

ALPINE VET RACE DAY, Sunday 22nd Nov, 10 am Icy Waters Ltd, $10 entry fee. 8 Mile CHTwister sleds 2-4 dogs, skis 2-3 dogs; 5km Pet Dog, and 5 km Kids Races same route as the past 3 seasons.

Remember the Pot Luck round the firepit - see you there!

Glory Hounds

Give your dogs all the credit - I'll be posting monthly Pooper Scoops again this season, including photos and video clips. Send pix and poop to . I'll be somewhere around the pyramids.

After the race, I'll be signing From Ice to Ashes for the winners of the Hot Hounds finale, among others. I remember Janet Keller and Darryl Sheepway each won a copy, but I forget who the others were. Cash in your voucher on the 22nd.

See you at the SHINY NEW GATE.
Jessica Simon

posted by yukonwriter

Friday, November 6, 2009


The snow is here, it's being packed, and whilst there has been some terraforming at the 12 mile turnaround (no drop-kick turn anymore - oh I can sense the disappointment), the season is ready to roll...or sled...or ski.

ALPINE VET have kindly put up the cash prizes for the top 5 positions in the 12 mile CHT, the 5km 1 pet dog, and the 5 km kid's race; other merchandise prizes have been donated by Aurora Booties, Yukon Brewing, First Mate Dog Food, and Icy Waters Ltd. Please note although every competitor will receive a block of dog food from Icy Waters Ltd, the organisers cannot guarantee a prize for every place - if that's the case the available prizes will be randomly allocated to finishing positions before the bib draw. We do have some environmentally friendly Red Lanterns for the 12 mile this year though!

Still, at $10 entry fee (which goes back to those top 5 places), held at $10 these past 3 seasons, and a $5 block of dog food, it's still just $5 for a race and a chance to win some superb merchandise or cash - if you've been training (which lardy Snowpigs havn't, having put on 9lb lying on a beach for two weeks in late Oct.)

So, get out there and get training, especially those Snow(Beer)pigs and meet at the socially acceptable time of 10.00 am, Sunday 22nd November at Icy Waters Ltd - park as usual at the Gazebo at the MacIntyre Marsh lookout and walk down. Please be on time, bring stuff for a potluck whilst we wait for the results, and, oh yes, don't forget the skis, sleds etc and 2-4 dogs for sleds, and 2-3 dogs for skijorers in the 12 mile CHT - don't worry, you sledder monkeys get more dogs later in the season; one pet dog race - erm, bring one pet dog; and the kids 2-4 dogs for sleds and 2-3 for skijorers.

See you there, 10.00am (note that please, Kyla, Janet, you know who you are : ) ) Icy Waters Ltd, Sunday Nov 22nd

Monday, November 2, 2009

FIRST MATE does it again!!

Today the CHT Org received confirmation that First Mate will again Sponsor the FIRST MATE EXTREME FREIGHT PULL in December. 36 bags of First Mate Extreme are up for grabs for the best pullers across the light, medium, and heavy weight categories.

In the last two years, for the December and Summer Freightpulls, and CHT League, First Mate have donated almost 4 tonnes of dog food!

It's good stuff - as Asha the Rottie will tell you! and available year round at Duffy's Pets and Tanzilla Harness Supply.

So, let's get training. Sunday Dec 13th is the date - whilst those mushers are climbing 2000+ feet in their "Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer" Poker Run (purse $1200), the freightpullers and their incredibly hard working monkeys (as if they do any of the work!) will be competing for First Mate's most excellent EXTREME Dog Food!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

City comes through! Parks and Rec to emplace gates on Copper Haul Trail!!

Most excellent news today - at a meeting at the MacIntyre Marsh Gazebo (the historic Yukon Brewing Copper Haul Twister start line) Doug Hnatiuk of City Parks and Rec outlined the City's plans to emplace a winter gate across the Copper Haul Trail to be locked Nov 1st - March 31st. The CHT Org will have access to a key. Doug expects the gate to go in before Nov 1st. Other access points at the base of the Mt Mac Road and at Mt Sima are to be blocked with significantly sized pieces of jagged rock.

Very great thanks are due to Doug Hnatiuk for working towards this and leading it to completion, and also to City Planning (Pat Ross), Klondike Snowmachine Association (Harris Cox), DPSAY (Gene Ennis), CHT Org (Jon Lucas) and most importantly all of you who emailed Doug to show your support for such a project - well done! See, your voices can be heard!

Of course, bad people may try to wreck the gates, but then Cabela's does a very cheap line in motion activated sit and wait cameras, well worth the investment to identify the vandals :) - Gotcha!

First Race, Nov 22nd, Alpine Vet Race Day - on a trail that will have a much reduced chance of being rutted like the surface of the moon. Thank you Doug and the City of Whitehorse!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

DPSAY Road Runner 100, Sponsorflash!!

ICY WATERS LTD confirms as first major sponsor with $1000 donated towards the purse.

For all Road Runner 100 (beep beep!) details keep following the DPSAY site (look to the right of this and just click the link).

Those Yukon Brewing Growler Race Results in full

A soft surprise awaited the racers on Sept 20th - fully a month earlier than last year's race, it hadn't occured to anyone we spoke to that the lovely frosted hard packed sand of Oct 2008, would be soft, squishy, treacle for the race of Sept 2009! there was a lot of uphill...and a lot of humans joined their dogs on foot by charging...running...walking..staggering uphill.


1 - Alexandra Rochet - 8.40
2 - Pascale Hennifer - 10.36

1 mile 1 PET DOG (all bikejour)

1 - ASHA - Jon Lucas - 5.21
2 - PIPPA - --------------- 7.22
3 - Big Siberian Dog - Janet Keller - 7.36

1 mile 1 SLED DOG (all bikejour)

1 - Darryl Sheepway - Grizzly - 4.22
2 - Gaetan Pierrard - Ibex - 4.37
3 - Cynthia Corriveau - Nahanni - 4.42
4 - Jesse -K2 - 5.36
5 - Amil Dupuis-Rossi - Polar - 5.47
6 - Jon Lucas - Bogart - 6.20
7 - Eilidh Lucas - Bluto - 6.28
8 - Vern Selman - another big Siberian - 8.50
9 - Janet Keller with yet another large Siberian - DNF

2 mile 2 SLED DOG (all bikejour)

1 - Jon Lucas - Assman + Tutshi - 8.32
2 - Darryl Sheepway - Grizzly + Coho - 8.40
3 - Cynthia Corriveau - Nahanni - 9.49
4 - Amil D-R - Polar + Fry - 10.06
5 - Janet Keller - 2 large furry Siberians - 12.43
DNF - Jesse; Vern.

And that's it for Hot Hounds Dryland Season 3! Thanks to all the hosts, sponsors, volunteers - RM Gene Ennis for 5/5; organiser Jon Lucas, and of course all you racers who come out and make it fun - Remember if you want to win your money back come and race in the Dec 13th Poker Run: Reach for the Sky and Take the Beer: 22 miles from Icy Waters Ltd up and over Mt Mac and back in under 4 hours, 4-12 dogs, top 3 hands win. Prizes from Air North, Yukon Brewing, and Hot Hounds.

Season 4 of the Yukon Brewing Copper Haul Twister League kicks off (snow permitting) on Sunday November 22nd with the Alpine Vet Race Day, Sleds 2-4 dogs, skis 2-3 dogs. Let's get the snow dances going!

Merry Training and thanks for a great summer

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Yukon Brewing Grr Grr Grrrowler Dryland Race

Slightly lower key, with about 21 entrants across 4 classes the races were nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable and great fun with a warm and friendly potluck afterwards. These were perhaps the hardest trails of the Dryland circuit with a lot of uphill through soft sand...

Official Results and photos delayed until Friday when our blog editor returns from Vancouver, however:

Canicross - 1st Alexandra Rochet

1 mile 1 Pet dog - 1st Asha + Jon Lucas

1 mile 1 sled dog - 1st Grizzly + Darryl Sheepway

2 mile 2 sled dog - 1st Assman + Tutshi, Jon Lucas

Tune in on Friday pm for all the rest of the info, & expect a post from host and Yukon novelist Jessica Simon!

Yukon Brewing Grr Grr Grrrowler Dryland Race - ON

Weather perfect - cool and damp - Trails marked on firm sand -

See you there! I'm racing for tasty refreshing T shirts!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A mystery no more

Available October, along with t-shirts, fish, socks, booties, and other fabulous CHT prizes, From Ice to Ashes, the new mystery by trail volunteer Jessica Simon. The adventure crime novel features Aux. Const. Markus Fanger and everyone in the Yukon. You're invited to the launch at Mac's Fireweed Books on Friday, October 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. Mystery prize winners can pick up their autographed copies at Mac's as soon as they're signed. Look for this cover on your shelves.