What Mile 99 Looks Like

If You’re Christie Haupert, that is

Christie Haupert's self portrait at the end of the White Mountains 100 race.

Christie made it start-to-finish in a bit over 29 hours. Her note about the finish seems typically Christie, focusing on the “real racers” who made it look like art as opposed to her own fine accomplishment. (View them and some amazing photos of the race course on the WM100 Web site.)

"Frosty after skiing 20 miles alone in the dark at -10 to -20F temps," Christy explained. "This is coming into checkpoint #4 at 6:30a.m." Photo: John Peterson

Here’s what else she said:

“The leg from mile 60-80 was by far the toughest for most of the competitors as it was during the night and cold. A couple people suffered minor frostbite (not me though). This section was pretty challenging–I actually hallucinated and completely lost my appetite preventing me from eating any solid food, but oddly enough I struggled the most the last three miles. I just didn’t want to ski anymore and most of it was uphill. I kept taking my skis off and trying to walk, then putting them back on again. . . when all I wanted was to just be there already.”

A few seconds after reaching the finish line 29 hours and 10 minutes after starting. Photo: Carlene Van Tol

After a good day of sleep, Christie returned to the PFS Fairbanks office to finish preparing for Paddy Sullivan’s put-in to his Aggie River tree-line study site (among other tasks). On Monday, she and Paddy departed Fairbanks. Here’s that lazy itinerary: “We will fly into Kotzebue, travel 50 miles by snowmachine to the Agashashok River and spend 3 days digging snow pits.”

Try to keep up.

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