Yukon Quest Checkpoint 101

IMG_7531Driving up the western flank of the White Mountains one passes the colorful Yukon Quest checkpoint of 101, so named because it is, in fact, 101 miles from Fairbanks on the 161-mile long Steese Highway. Starting out as only a dog drop for the race, the site was granted full checkpoint status a few years ago.

The checkpoint sits at the base of the climb to Eagle Summit, about which Hudson Stuck wrote in 1916: “The Eagle Summit is one of the most difficult summits in Alaska. The wind blows so fiercely that sometimes for days together its passage is almost impossible. … The snow smothers up everything on the lee side of the hill, and the end of every storm presents a new surface and an altered route. … there is no easier pass and no way around.”

My friends and I stopped at the 101 checkpoint on this year’s Yukon Quest, and I snapped a few photos [All photos by Helen Hegener/Northern Light Media]:

Entry corner and wood stove

Entry corner and wood stove

The kitchen and cooking area of the main cabin.

The kitchen and cooking area of the main cabin.

Back corner of the kitchen area

Back corner of the kitchen area

Bunkroom, to the left

Bunkroom, to the left

Bunkroom, to the right

Bunkroom, to the right

Communications shack from the main cabin

Communications shack from the main cabin

Longtime checkpoint manager Peter Kamper, photographer Albert Marquez at the table..

Longtime checkpoint manager Peter Kamper, photographer Albert Marquez at the table..

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About Helen Hegener

I write books about Alaskan history, and titles currently available include Alaskan Roadhouses, The First Iditarod, The All Alaska Sweepstakes, The Yukon Quest Trail, The Matanuska Colony Barns, and others. I am currently researching and writing a book on the early history and construction of the Alaska Railroad. You can contact me via email at helenhegener@gmail.com
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