July 25, 2014

Musher Details

2014 Iditarod » Mushers » Abbie West

Abbie West

Bib Number: 69
Hometown: Two Rivers, Alaska
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Biography

Abbie West, 40, was born in Oklahoma and raised in New Jersey. She went to school in Maine, where she was an avid downhill skier. She came to Alaska almost 20 years ago, chasing a childhood dream of being a musher. She started out working on fish docks in the summers on the Kenai Peninsula, but she says she came here to be a musher, so she started her own kennel in 1998. “I also love astronomy and astrology, so I decided to name my dogs the Cosmic Canines. They all have stellar names and you know what? These dogs are ‘outta’ this world. My main focus so far has been the Yukon Quest, but I decided this year to run the Iditarod and I’m excited to see new parts of Alaska. My dogs are mainly Yukon Flats Gwinch’in village dogs from Jay Cadzow’s bloodline. They are tough and happy because they have been bred for generations to be used as working dogs; trapping, hunting and travelling. Actually, half of the team has already run the Iditarod, leased to other teams, so I figured it’s time I join in some of the fun too. They are young, between one and five years old, but most have multiple 1000 miles races under their harnesses so I expect them to perform well. She is a very experienced musher, having run the Quest three times and many mid distance races in Alaska and Canada. ” Abbie has worked in landscaping for the last year. She lists her hobbies as astronomy, astrology, running, hunting, baking, goats (dairy), mountain biking, archery, writing and poetry.

Sponsors

Mainscape Landscaping, National
Sarah West, NC
Peter/Susan West, PA
Rag Tag Wood Hauling

Joel Swisher
Wane/Dale Andersen
Bart Stewart
Kate VanDuine, DVM


2014 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/01 12:27:00 12
Willow 3/02 16:14:00 16
Yentna Station 3/02 19:48:00 16 3/02 20:37:00 16 0h 49m 3h 34m 11.78 42
Skwentna 3/03 03:20:00 16 3/03 03:25:00 16 0h 5m 6h 43m 4.47 30
Finger Lake 3/03 07:55:00 16 3/03 11:39:00 16 3h 44m 4h 30m 8.89 40
Rainy Pass 3/03 14:50:00 16 3/03 17:50:00 15 3h 0m 3h 11m 9.42 30
Rohn 3/03 21:50:00 15 3/04 03:25:00 15 5h 35m 4h 0m 8.75 35
Nikolai 3/04 17:42:00 15 3/04 17:55:00 13 0h 13m 14h 17m 5.25 75
McGrath 3/04 23:09:00 13 3/05 23:15:00 13 24h 6m 5h 14m 9.17 ✔ 48
Takotna 3/06 01:16:00 13 3/06 01:19:00 13 0h 3m 2h 1m 8.93 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/06 03:35:00 13 3/06 08:15:00 13 4h 40m 2h 16m 10.15 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/06 22:18:00 13 3/06 22:32:00 12 0h 14m 14h 3m 5.20 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/07 11:25:00 12 3/07 14:54:00 11 3h 29m 12h 53m 5.43 ✔ 70
Galena 3/07 20:40:00 11 3/08 04:44:00 11 8h 4m 5h 46m 8.67 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/08 10:24:00 11 3/08 10:34:00 11 0h 10m 5h 40m 6.53 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/08 18:31:00 11 3/08 18:47:00 11 0h 16m 7h 57m 5.91 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/09 11:43:00 11 3/09 16:37:00 9 4h 54m 15h 56m 5.33 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/09 23:05:00 9 3/10 02:58:00 8 3h 53m 6h 28m 6.19 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/10 09:56:00 8 3/10 14:39:00 8 4h 43m 6h 58m 7.18 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/10 20:22:00 8 3/11 09:27:00 8 13h 5m 5h 43m 8.40 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/11 16:29:00 8 3/12 00:29:00 8 8h 0m 7h 2m 6.54 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/12 06:13:00 8 3/12 06:15:00 8 0h 2m 5h 44m 9.59 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/12 08:58:25 8 2h 43m 8.10 ✔ ✔ 22