Author: Sebastian Schnuelle (197 posts)

Sebastian Schnuelle is a Canadian dog musher and dog sled racer from Whitehorse, Yukon, who won the 2009 1,000 mile Yukon Quest sled dog race and finished the Iditarod in 2nd place a few weeks later. Schnuelle is fluent in English, French, and German Schnuelle was born in Wuppertal, Germany.

The Yukon Quest coming to an end

I just saw Lance Mackey run by the dog yard in 3rd to last position, not a position where he usually finishes. He realized on his way to Dawson City, that racing upfront with a young team and in the bitter cold temperatures, which prevailed at the beginning of the race, was not an option. …


Iditarod Mushers in the Yukon Quest, Eagle Summit

I am stuck at home, nursing a stomach bug. Had been taking metronidazole ( works well on dogs ) , discontinued taking it, and back to being sick. Really had hoped to hop on the snowmachine. I do have some eyes on the trail though, the photos in this story are from longtime friend and …


Iditarod Mushers on the Yukon Quest Day 7 and 8

Some thoughts about run- and rest times, and their relation to travel speed and dog numbers. Many people comment on how hard this year’s Yukon Quest is. The number of scratches. Well, the Yukon Quest has always had a high number of scratches and has always been hard. 45 and 50 below is nothing new, …


Iditarod Mushers on the Yukon Quest Day 6

John Schandelmeier, a fellow Yukon Quest Champion and fellow Arm Chair Musher has gotten himself in a hot seat with an article about scratching. Scratching a race is a very controversial subject. No musher makes that decision lightly, then historically looking, some rarely scratch like John himself, then others scratch more often like his own …


Iditarod Mushers on Day 2 and 3 of the Quest

While I am typing this, Jeff King is speeding along the trail with more than 10 miles an hour. Only is he speeding in the wrong direction, headed back to Pelly Crossing after an all night rest. Not being there firsthand, I can only speculate as much as anybody, that he has had enough of …


Iditarod Mushers on the Quest Trail, day 1

Well time for a bit of true Armchair Mushing, as I am not on the Quest trail. Instead I keep on telling my 22 house dogs, how lucky they are, that they can sit here with me in the living room, and not be running the Q300 as we had originally planned. It is cold …


Kusko 300 Champion – Pete Kaiser

The 3rd main mid-distance race for the 2015 winter happened this weekend in Bethel, Alaska. The Kusko 300 attracts many of the best teams of the distance mushing scene.  With the Kusko not being on the road system, it is neither easy nor cheap to get there. Now add to that one of the most …


Second Iditarod Qualifier in Alaska – Copper Basin 300

Better late than never. Sorry for not being very timely with the report from the Copper Basin 300. I am not entirely sure how I managed to do it, but right after the race I came down pretty hard with a stomach bug and was out of commission for a bit. Nope, I did not …


Gin Gin 200, First Iditarod Qualifier of the season

Long time no hear. Hello from the Armchair Musher. I am back on the runners…. and in the armchair too. While much of the continental US has seen low temperatures, Alaska has once again seen a relatively mild winter. Specially the ” Valley ” mushers around Knik- Wasilla- Willow have been hard hit. Talking to …


Responsible Racing?

What has happened to responsible racing? Iditarod is all about doing well and placing, it is a race after all, but the recent accusations of ITC being not quick enough to rescue mushers are out of line. When a storm moves in, it is every mushers choice, to continue to race hard or to switch …