Day 2: Tails High and Tongues A-wag

Monday, February 4, 2019

With temperatures still locked firmly in the frigid, day two saw the mushers of the 2019 Yukon Quest truck their teams from Braeburn to rejoin the trail in Carmacks.

The quick pace continued, with Hans Gatt holding the lead most of the day, making it to Pelly Crossing at 5:21 p.m. He was greeted by Chief Sharon Nelson of the Selkirk First Nation who gifted him a pair of beaver fur mitts in welcome on behalf of the community.

Matt Hall was second into the Pelly checkpoint just before 8 p.m., and Denis Tremblay had a stellar day on trail, jumping from seventh place to arrive third into Pelly.

Fifth into Pelly but first out, defending champion Allen Moore made his move on Gatt, opting to stay only long enough to grab from his drop bags and add a dog before hitting the trail while Gatt rested. At day’s end, Moore has the lead some 20 miles from Stepping Stone, with Gatt and Brent Sass having left Pelly in pursuit.

Michelle Phillips rounds out the current top five, while further back the peloton is spread out between McCabe and Pelly, with Red Lantern Lisbet Norris approximately 30 miles out from McCabe.

Standings as of 11:59pm:

  1. Allen Moore
  2. Hans Gatt
  3. Brent Sass
  4. Matt Hall
  5. Denis Tremblay
  6. Michelle Phillips
  7. Paige Drobny
  8. Isabelle Travadon
  9. Ryne Olson
  10. Nathaniel Hamlyn
  11. Torsten Kohnert
  12. Dave Dalton
  13. Jessie Royer
  14. Cody Strathe
  15. Olivia Webster
  16. Jason Biasetti
  17. Hendrik Stachnau
  18. Martin Apayauq Reitan
  19. Curt Perano
  20. Deke Naaktgeboren
  21. Brian Wilmshurst
  22. Laura Allaway
  23. Misha Wiljes
  24. Rob Cooke
  25. Andy Pace
  26. Chase Tingle
  27. Jim Lanier
  28. Remy Leduc
  29. Jimmy Lebling
  30. Lisbet Norris