Arnt Ola Skjerve reigns supreme at Drevsjø

Author: Fredrik Ljone Holst     Photo: Geir Sørmoen     Publish date: 02.02.13 03:07

Arnt Ola Skjerve passed straight through the checkpoint at Tufsingdalen, creating a decent gap between himself and the next musher on the trail. With a head start of nearly an hour, noone had caught up with him as he emerged out of the forest and arrived at Drevsjø checkpoint.

Arnt Ola Skjerve

At 2.18 in the morning, Skjerve was clocked at the checkpoint situated in the far southeastern corner of the Femundløpet trail. As soon as the formalities were taken care of, and the straw and depot bag were collected, Arnt Ola set to the task of loosening socks and distributing snacks among his team. And despite the late hour and both driver and dogs probably starting to feel th effects of ten hours' work along the trail without a proper break, he took the time to confirm tha the dogs are indeed pulling well.

-They've been going at a steady and fairly fast pace all the way, but there's been no reckless driving.

He descries the trail from Tufsingdalen as good, but adds that he had a bit of sidewind on the more exposed sections.

And while the dogs are getting their due attention, the crowd at Drevsjø have already turned their attention to waiting for the next musher in. As othis is being written, there were still no reports of other teams in the immediate vicinity of Drevsjø. And considering that Arnt Ola had a gap of nearly an hour on the next team as he left Tufsingdal, the spectators should settle in for a long wait - and perhaps another cup of coffee from the cafeteria.