Yukon Summer

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    Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Harry Kern

    A Year of Firsts for Yukon River Quest

    At this year’s Yukon River Quest, stand up paddleboarders will be competing for prize money for the first time. The 2016 race introduced the stand up paddleboard category as an experiment. “Stand up paddleboards are hugely popular now and we had... more

    Jun 21, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Government of Yukon

    Plenty of fun under the midnight sun!

    Celebrated across cultures for centuries, the summer solstice falls on Wednesday, June 21. Each year, the summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and brings with it the kickoff of the major summer festivities in the Yukon. This week will... more

    Jun 21, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Orchids In and Around Whitehorse

    The calypso orchid, sometimes called the fairy or venus slipper, was already blooming by the end of May and the rest will follow soon. I suspect that the Platanthera obtusata, known as the northern bog orchid, will follow soon. The height of bloom... more

    Jun 14, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Mark Beese

    Camping Etiquette

    Winter has released his icy grip on the Yukon, and that brings my favorite season: camping season. In early May I along with several friends pitched our campers and tents at Lake LaBerge. We lucked out and got choice sites along the lakeshore. As... more

    May 31, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Thunder and Lightning

    Thunder and lightning do not seem to be as common here in the Yukon as in southern Canada. However, lightning strikes are probably the most common cause of our forest fires. Lightning is a gigantic spark jumping between a charged cloud and the... more

    May 17, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Yukon Wildflowers that Bloom in April

    Last year we had an early spring and I found the first prairie crocus blooming on April 1st. Most years the crocus blooms near the end of April. If you want to become a crocus hunter, don’t wait for all the snow to melt. If the daytime temperature... more

    Apr 5, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-04-05, Photo: courtesy of Ryan MacGillivray

    Wicked Fit

    Ryan MacGillivray has been sheep hunting for 10 years. Three years ago, he had the idea to start a boot camp for sheep hunters. He did this because he knew the participants in the camp would push him to train harder for the sheep hunting season. more

    Apr 5, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

    Pacing Ourselves to Pigeon Spire

    On my third day in the Bugs I team up with my friend Andrew, who is one of the late-comers. We wake up when our bodies decide to and have a leisurely morning. Our objective for the day is the West Ridge of Pigeon Spire - a very easy technical... more

    Feb 22, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

    Taking on Sunshine Crack

    I sleep in the next morning and Dan and I take it slow. Ironically named, Sunshine Crack faces north and does not catch sun until late in the day. It is cold in the Bugaboos, despite it being late July. Our approach is easy however and we are at... more

    Feb 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

    Taking the Kain Route

    We begin the next day by eating cereal with rehydrated milk powder, gathering our things and setting out. The hike and scramble to the base of the climb involves navigating past several glacier pools, ascending a snow ramp in crampons, and... more

    Feb 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

    Bugaboos, Part 1

    I have a terrible feeling about this. I am mentally preparing for the worst: tent bound by rain, wind, hail and all manners of terrible weather - for days on end. My hopes have been dashed before; it will not happen again. We are heading into a... more

    Dec 14, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-06, PHOTO: by Chris Hanlin

    Heavy Metal Mountain

    As Tom unpacked he took inventory: sub-Arctic self-erecting tent, sleeping bag, water/bear proof ruck sack full of high protein granola and astronaut food, zinc for the nose, GPS, selfie stick. He hadn’t been camping in years, since his last fall... more

    Oct 6, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: Lori Garrison

    On Living With Things That Might Want to Eat You

    “You just take a cup full of piss,” he says, “And then you throw it up high – like, splash it around on your roof, up in the trees, as high up as you can get it. Then, when the bear comes by, he'll smell it way, way up and be like 'holy crap, that... more

    Sep 22, 2016

  • Boat Launch Etiquette

    This was an extreme situation, but I once pulled up to the ramp to put my boat in the water and a Zodiac owner had just pulled his inflatable out of the water and onto the ramp. He and his companion then proceeded for at least half an hour to... more

    Sep 8, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

    In the ‘Cirque of the Unclimbables’ -- Part 4

    This is part four of a four part series, chronicling Alex and Mandy’s attempted ascents at the Cirque of the Unclimbables. We left the pair as they were half-way up an intimidating spire-like peak called Lotus Flower Tower. They had just reached... more

    Aug 25, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Wildflowers on the Mountaintop

    Breaking out of sheer rock, on the barren ground, or beside a mountain stream, hundreds of different kinds of wildflowers grow in the Yukon mountains. Some bloom as early as the snow melts in April, some continue blooming well into September... more

    Aug 11, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

    In the ‘Cirque of the Unclimbables’ -- Part 3

    This is part three of a four part series, chronicling Alex and Mandy’s attempted ascents at the Cirque of the Unclimbables. We left the pair as they were about to try to climb Easy Huey Spire, after seven days of waiting out the rain. It was a... more

    Jul 28, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-07-14, PHOTO:

    PFDs are Only Good if You’re Wearing Them

    I have often wondered just how I would feel if after falling out, I was 30 feet away from my drifting boat where my life jacket was draped over the driver’s chair. I have always been a strong swimmer, but the Yukon water is very cold and we are... more

    Jul 14, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-30, PHOTO: Jean-Christophe Demers

    The 2016 Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay: A Photo Retrospect

    The relay creates memories worth cherishing. Piles of cyclist race through the Haines Pass, many in costumes. Many without training or practice or cycling experience. Teams camp in fields before and after the race, which takes place around the... more

    Jun 30, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-23, PHOTO: Roger Jackson

    Camaraderie in a Canoe

    Nine ladies in a voyageur canoe whose ages range from 23 to 62; 715 kilometres; paddling for Yukon Cancer Care Fund. Stix Together is a team of Whitehorse women participating in the 18th Annual Yukon River Quest. The race begins with a mass start... more

    Jun 23, 2016

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