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  Warm paddle
  Posted by: yknpdlr on Jul-07-13 10:36 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Jul-07-13 11:00 PM EST --

On the Yukon River Quest, the start was in the mid-upper 80's at noon on June 26. Lake Laberge was nearly dead calm and glassy flat. That makes twice I have seen it that way, but two other times it showed its fury in full force for the race.

Paddling through the first night we only needed a very light layer over poly t-shirt, and I was marginally too warm in that. Landing at Carmacks at 0900, trying to sleep for the mandatory 7 hour break in 90 degree daytime temps was difficult. Paddling the second "night" it stayed very warm with many constant thunderstorms nearby, with several forest fires visible, including a couple of very fresh starts. Finishing at Dawson Friday evening, still near 90.

Afterward we toured Haines until July 5. Very comfortable temps in the high 50's. Back to Whitehorse it was still quite warm for the flight home.

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