From my house in upstate ny it is 3700 miles one way to the yukon, up across the rockies with a boat on the roof. When you get to the yukon, prices double and blacktop is replaced with gravel. You are gone a month. You wear a bug mask when on shore. You are in the boat 18 hours a day with a very sore ass from a week of driving to get there and no sleep. I was invited and said no. The 90 is a fun adventure. The yukon 470 or 1000 is like self flagellation from the Dark Ages.
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Posted by: yknpdlr on Sep-18-13 11:27 AM (EST)
Posted by: puffingin on Sep-18-13 11:57 AM (EST)
Love the poem. He speaks to the adventurous spirit in many, that which ignores hardship and personal danger because of a deep-seated connection to a truly wild place.
I haven't done the race|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-18-13 12:01 PM (EST)
Posted by: yknpdlr on Sep-18-13 2:10 PM (EST)
We hauled our travel trailer|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-18-13 1:36 PM (EST)
with our two mountain bikes, two kayaks, and all our back packing gear 15,000 miles round trip from NC to Ak via the Yukon and paddled just about every where we could get too including a portion of the Yukon River.
Posted by: paddletothesea on Sep-18-13 2:12 PM (EST)
Would love to do it again. You can use one of the commitee canoes so not to drive up....fly up there I did.
effort = reward|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Sep-18-13 2:23 PM (EST)
Posted by: salty on Sep-18-13 2:46 PM (EST)
Was just up in Nome and St. Lawrence Island on a tug. Didn't have time to enjoy any land based activity but have spent a bit of time in the region where the big river begins. So far my favorite geography in the world that I've so far experienced. There is a vibe in northern BC, Yukon, and Alaska that is adventurous, big, and exciting. The river race sounds very cool, but my preference would be a laid back journey with friends.
Dave, if you're advising, suggesting, or|
Posted by: g2d on Sep-18-13 2:52 PM (EST)
trying to help us not do the Yukon race, OK. Otherwise the Discussion Forum is just a few clicks away.
dave doesn't discuss|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Sep-18-13 5:24 PM (EST)
He posts on a topic, and never returns to it.
Why wouldn't you sleep on the way there?|
Posted by: Yanoer on Sep-18-13 6:31 PM (EST)
You, apparently, do like self abuse.
Y, you aren't likely to get an answer|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-18-13 6:54 PM (EST)
Dave must be working with limited time off. I have had been in a paddling club where the organizer had ten days to get from Maine, do a five day trip on the Nahanni and not be late back to work.
I do respect yukon racers|
Posted by: davemcadoo on Sep-19-13 4:36 PM (EST)
I would like people to have an idea of the hardships and cost to their family before they say yes on the spur of the moment. And then there is the issue of falling asleep on the way. Or on the way back. Again, I do respect the racers for their all out dedication and sorry for ruffling some of your feathers!
I sense a sermon coming|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Sep-19-13 6:02 PM (EST)