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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring day

A brilliant bike ride on a spring day grinding through the crust. 

A little sledding action to top off the day. 

Jerym Bruton finished the ITI today at 3 pm in 27 days as a walker.  

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tim's Finish

Another epic moment to watch Tim Hewitt, yet again, to finish in Nome.  His 6th finish of 20 days 7 hrs 17 min completely killing the old record (that was also his) for the southern route and beating the northern route record as well.  A few images and video clip of Tim.

At the finish line
Tim pretending to mush over the finish. 

Eating his lasagna at our house

Untitled from Philip Hofstetter on Vimeo.

The video has an additional piece from Topkok a few days ago.  I'm trying to get a little fancier with inserting titles but otherwise not extremely interesting.  The day I took video of Topkok when it was blowing I was able to grab a shot before going in to the windy section but it completely froze up when trying to take video  in the blowhole while the bikers rode in it.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

ITI images

Jay entering the blowhole. Notice the blue sky and white blur in the distance which is the ground storm. 

Aiden coming down topkok hills toward the coast. 

Aiden at the finish around 12:15 am. 

Jay at the finish, 9pm. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Iditarod events, cont'd...

This morning John Baker from Kotzebue arrived first in the Iditarod in record time.  It was very very very cool.  Not to long after was Ramy Smith running his dogs in.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Iditarod Events

It's been a long time since I experienced a long stretch of sunny warm weather in Nome.  It's been almost 20 degrees every day, bright sunshine and no wind.  I haven't seen anything like it in quite a while.  Usually if it's sunny with no wind it's cold cold cold -20 or colder.  The last storm or any significant wind was weeks ago.  Iditarod and the ITI appear to be encompassed in pretty perfect conditions. The lack of wind no storm and high sun have glazed the trail.  

The next week is loaded with Iditarod events around town.  One of my favorites is the Nome-Golovin snow machine race which occurred today.  It's hard not to get the fever of wanting to race this 200 mile cross country run to Golovin and back.  The record is something like a little over 2 hrs, that is almost averaging 100 mph.  We went to watch which was neat to see all the hubbub.

Here's a little excerpt close to the finish.

Untitled from Philip Hofstetter on Vimeo.

Friday, March 11, 2011

New addition, great story...

Midwife Jenn, assisting Sarah W
...except a few pictures and my words cannot possibly express the wonderful event that happened in our house at 9:40 am March 8th in Nome.  My incredible wife delivered a beautiful baby boy on our bed with the help of an awesome midwife, our friend & neighbor Sarah to assist and possibly even my foot massages & backrubs.   There is a lot to this great story but I am not sure if I can write it all out on a blog; however I love Nome for the simple reason of friends, family and support so close by.
Hahnah, baby Joseph and Sarah

I think I look a little like "um what just happened?"

Thanks to you all!!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

ITI Envy

I admit it, I have ITI envy after (and before) watching some incredible racing this past week.  If you haven't done so you are missing out.  It was really cool to see Pete and Jeff battle it out online, something I could hardly witness on the trail.  Then Mr. Fatback Greg take in 3rd, followed by Louise kill the woman's record.  All 4 on Fatbacks.... might have to consider one of them new fangled bikes. I just saw a posting that Tim Hewitt and Eric Johnson competed for a tie in the foot division going 13.5 hrs the last 50 miles from Nickolai to McGrath.  Simply incredible, what's more Tim left for Nome 8 hrs later.  

As for me... well waiting for a new baby but also enjoying the good weather in Nome this week.