Torsten Kohnert
Torsten Kohnert
48 YEAR OLD YUKON QUEST Veteran
Nationality:
Swedish
Occupation(s):
Tour Operator, Guide, Musher, Contractor
Kennel Name:
Snotroll Huskies
Kennel Name Origination:
It just came up somehow.
Kennel Bloodlines:
King, Mackey, R Dahl (40 dogs in Sweden, 13 dogs in Alaska)
Breeds:
Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel:
53

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
24
Tell us about your dogs, particularly some stories or facts about dogs running the 2020 race with you

Special dog to me is my leader Jill, of course. She did all my Quests with me and all other races too, since 2013. She's always finished a race and most of my team is now from her offspring. I really fear the day that she decides to retire, but she will probably be in the race again this year.

How did you get started running dogs?

I have always been interested in the outdoors and the Nordic lifestyle, so it was a natural thing to get into mushing as well. From the time of my first run, I was hooked for good!

What do you love most about running sled dogs?

The bond between the dogs and me, the silence of the trail and the challenges that Mother Nature throws at us. I hopefully learn more every year and get a little better for next year.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Two Rivers Dog Mushers Association
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
The Yukon Quest is the highlight of the year. I am addicted to it! I will try to a better job than I did on the last one, we will see how far that can take us...
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?

I leave that to the family but we try to follow themes.

What music do you listen to on the trail?

County, Classic Rock and the silence of the trail.

Share a quick story about one of your indispensable Handlers

I will have to come back to this one.

Tell us about your favourite experience with a volunteer on the trail
Must be from 2017, when Fabian was the Race Marshal and he guided me and my team to our campsite in Dawson, since my handler crew was still sleeping!
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2019 - Yukon Quest - 7th; 2019 Copper Basin 300 - 11th; 2017 - Yukon Quest - 6th; 2016 - Yukon Quest- 6th; 2016 - Copper Basin - 10th; 2015 - Yukon Quest - 8th; 2014 - Yukon Quest - 6th