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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

When Mary Fitton placed second in the Mad Trapper competition at the 1978 Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous (YSR), some of the men complained. At the time, Mad(am) Trapper didn’t exist as a contest (in fact, it was the first year for Mad Trapper), but... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2018-12-05, PHOTO: Alexander Mark Weber

If you’ve read about our first attempt to climb (or even glimpse) Bear Mountain, you may be wondering how or why we ever returned. I wish I knew myself, with any sort of confidence. Was it the resentment of failure? Was it the undeterrable... Read more

Travel Outside

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Issue: 2018-10-24, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

Things started off great when we immediately got off trail (we wouldn’t know this till days later). We attempted to follow some GPS tracks I plucked from the internet. This involved scaling a wet, lushly vegetated and slippery mountainside... Read more

Travel Outside

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Issue: 2018-09-19, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

In the late summer of 2016, my friend Dan and I attempted to climb Bear Mountain, a 2,400-metre tall peak situated in the North Cascades National Park, just south of British Columbia. The north buttress of this mountain offers 670 metres of superb... Read more

Travel Outside

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Issue: 2018-01-31, PHOTO: Chris Gishler

Chris Gishler, owner and operator of Equinox Adventures, has spent the last 15 years building and developing his outdoor adventure and education company as the Yukon has continued to grow. Back in 1999, Gishler arrived to Whitehorse in preparation... Read more

Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

Once summer arrived, along with consistent plus 25 temperatures, it was time to enjoy some swimming, hiking and generally the beautiful weather in Yukon. (In the Yukon, if you see a single day of plus 20, there is a likelihood it will come to... Read more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Peter Steele

At the age of 82, Peter Steele says he has very little memory of his own parents. That’s partly why he decided a few years ago to write his autobiography. “I didn’t want my own kids to able to say the same,” he explains. “I thought I had enough... Read more

Yukon People

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

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... Read more

Yukon Summer

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

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... Read more

Yukon Summer

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

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... Read more

Yukon Summer

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

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... Read more

Yukon Summer

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

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... Read more

Yukon Summer

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

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... Read more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Mandy Wong

The next morning we woke up with our first clear view of the Cirque proper. This place is nothing but intimidating -- and yet, surreally beautiful. You sort of feel like you’ve been plopped into the middle of a science-fiction film set, with... Read more

Yukon Summer

Do you like climbing rocks? Do you enjoy hiking in a gorgeous valley? What about making friends? Walking a tightrope suspended between two giant boulders? Do you like having fun and being happy? If you answered yes to any of these, you’re in luck. Read more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2015-08-06 PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

Yes! This month, Jane Vincent is coming with me on an attempt to climb the pinnacle. It’s a pinnacle I now call Dragon Mountain. Recently, hiking there on my own, setting my own pace, very aware of my surroundings, I was in tune for miracles. Read more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2015-03-26 PHOTO: Alexander Weber

I recently returned from a trip to exotic and majestic Thailand. Having just read that, I assume your brain is already conjuring images of me riding an elephant through a jungle, scuba diving around coral reefs and tropical fish, drinking to excess.. Read more

Travel Outside

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Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: Alexander Weber

I have lived in Whitehorse for a little over a year now. I am part of the Ontario diaspora, most recently having lived in Hamilton where I did my PhD. One of my main passions is rock climbing. I love climbing indoors, outdoors, really high mountain.. Read more

Yukon Outside

Have you ever been happily hopping from rock to rock on a hiking trail, only to have a rock shift unexpectedly beneath your feet to remind you that the ground isn't always as stable as you like to think? Have you ever had it happen when you were... Read more

Yukon Active

There are people who do that, and I don't know if it ever will be me. I haven't even gone on overnight hikes for a few years. Not that I can't. Maybe it's because my little walks are so enjoyable, too. Read more

Yukon Outside