Author: Sebastian Schnuelle (470 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.

A few More Shots from between Safety and Nome

Shipping out the snow machine, the gas tank has to be near empty. Plus I was wondering how things were going for Nathan Schroeder, so late yesterday afternoon I went for a snow machine ride out to Safety with Dave Brenholm. En route we passed several teams who were headed to the finish line. Ed …


Teams Continue to Arrive in Nome

The siren continues to announce mushers at all hours of the day. The dog yard is getting pretty filled up. And I did it again, taking picture with no card in the camera….. Some teams arrive with large and nice looking strings of 13 dogs like Mats Pettersson or 10 barking dogs of Lars Monsen …


Scott Smith in 10th place, Nomeite Noah Burmeister 11th

It is always nice to have a race within the race. When coming into Safety Noah Burmeister was still ahead of Scott Smith. Those 2 had been competing for Top 10 for a while. Only on the final stretch, 22 miles , to Nome, did Scott Smith pass Noah Burmeister. It’s a friendly rivalry, as …


Top 10 en route to Nome

Leaving White Mountain, it’s always a good idea to dress for wind. This trip was surprisingly calm. The blowhole was holding its breath, at least for today. When stopping at the Safety Raodhouse, they said it pretty much blew till sometime yesterday afternoon. Good fortune for the mushers. The lake at the bottom of Topkok …


Update about Brent Sass in White Mountain

There are a lot of teams en route to Safety and Nome. Travis Beals has just left the checkpoint with a small team of 6 dogs. It will be a couple of hours before any other team can leave here. Brent was woken up by Race Judge Karen Ramstead. He is now out in the …


White Mountain, Nathan Schroeder In, Ken Anderson and John Baker Out

The pace has been slowing down a bit here in White Mountain. A large group of mushers is out on the trail competing for Top 20 places. The recent ones to leave were John Baker and Ken Anderson. Both were adamant about wanting to leave the checkpoint without any help. John Baker once again being …


Morning Update from White Mountain

Paul Gebhardt and Richie Diehl have both just left the checkpoint in 12th and 13th position.  Separated by only 4 minutes Richie said that he was in the same place 2 years ago, but is not more than 12 hours ahead of that schedule. It shows how hotly contested even the Top 20 places are …


Evening in White Mountain

With the race for 1st and 2nd being clearly defined and many, many people reporting from the finishing line, I am spending the night in White Mountain, same as last year and will follow the next group of teams in tomorrow. Aliy had just been woken up from her much needed nap. She said, ” …


Brent Sass Returning to White Mountain Checkpoint

After being unable to leave for more than 300 yards, Brent Sass has returned to the White Mountain Checkpoint to give his dogs some extra rest. After talking with Race Judge Karen Ramstead, Brent returned to his old camping spot, where the straw was still lying from his 8 hour layover. Brent will give is …


Brent Sass Out in 3rd position in White Mountain

Brent Sass has run an ambitious race schedule this year. I kept the foot on the throttle till the end, despite being passed by both Seavey past the Unalakleet Checkpoint. Leaving White Mountain, it shows that his dogs would have rather stayed a few more hours on the straw, as you can see by his …