She bought it just before the race.
Rated for minus 20 it was lighter than her old one.
Unfortunately, it’s also a lot colder.
“I was freezing last night,” she said, pulling on a pair of dog-hair socks at the Pelly checkpoint on Monday night.
“The biggest rule is don’t use something you’ve never used before,” said Phillips.
“I have so many warmer sleeping bags at home.”
In Dawson she might steal her husband Ed Hopkin’s. He placed second in the Yukon Quest 300 and will join Michelle for the rest of her 1,600-kilometre race.
“I miss Ed’s good advice,” said Phillips.
“He’d probably be telling me to get out of here.”