This expedition, which attempts to retrace the steps of the prospectors of the gold rush of 1869, is simply magical and has been described as the greatest canoe trip on earth.
After flying to Prince Rupert, we will pick up the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry to Skagway, a three day boat journey through the Alaskan sounds and passages where we may see whales, moose and bald eagles. A bus will take us over the Chilkoot Pass to Whitehorse and the headwaters of the Yukon River. Here we will pick up our double Canadian canoes for a three and a half week, 460 mile adventure paddling downstream through the Canadian wilderness.
The trip takes us back through history as we pass abandoned telegraphy posts, Indian trading villages and abandoned boatyards from a time when sternwheelers plied the river, whilst the wilderness is home to bears, wolves, caribou, elk, moose, wolverines and eagles.
After the journey down the main river, we will return to Whitehorse to replenish supplies before heading off for a four day trip down the Takhini River where we can experience some real whitewater, including the famed ‘jaws of death’ rapid. Finally, we will visit the Takhini hotspring for an afternoon’s relaxation in the soothing waters before the long flight home.
The expedition will take place during July and August.
Cost: £1500 (inclusive of food/accommodation/insurance) plus flights (approximately £900).
Deadline for applications 30th Sept 2005.