Photo Friday: Sunset in Sitka Sound

9 03 2012


Read This Now: ‘Hell Frozen Over’

8 03 2012

Sportsnet Magazine has a long feature on this year’s Yukon Quest, and it really brings the trials and joys of the race to life.

Here’s an excerpt from the start in Fairbanks:

Each musher takes one last walk down the gang line, scratching vibrating ears and shouting encouragement to the dogs. A whoop goes up from the crowd as each countdown finishes, and one by one, the mushers yank out the snow hooks anchoring their sleds, finally allowing their teams to lurch out of the start chute and down the frozen river toward the edge of town. Eventually, the crowds thin and recede, leaving each musher alone on the silent trail — nothing but a feral landscape, the rhythmic panting of a dog team on the move and sled runners whispering to the snow.

Read the whole thing. Then, for good measure, watch these amazing videos again.

Photo Friday: Mushing into the Sunset

2 03 2012

2012 Yukon Quest musher Kristy Berington leaves Braeburn checkpoint

Watch a 1000-Mile Sled Dog Race in 1001 Seconds

29 02 2012

I was lucky enough to sign on as the Yukon Quest’s in-house writer this year. I spent almost three weeks following the race from its start in Fairbanks, through the Alaskan interior, across the border to Dawson City and all the way to the finish line in Whitehorse. I wrote news updates for the Quest website, tweeted, and Facebooked.

Meanwhile, my colleagues on the video and photography team put together this incredible series of videos. Watch them all – it’s the next best thing to being on the trail.

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The Triumphant Return of Travelers North

28 02 2012

Many months later than planned, but I’m back! (I’ve been back in the North since August, but, well, life happened and the blog wound up neglected.)

Here’s the abbreviated recap: I spent June and July road-tripping from Whitehorse to LA and back, then, in August, I came home and got a job with a mining exploration company. I spent a month dirt-bagging in the Yukon bush, then a couple more months core teching, core splitting, and doing odd jobs around the company office and warehouse here in Whitehorse. I’ve been back to full-time freelancing since December – I’ve been doing a lot of work for Up Here and Up Here Business, and I also signed on as the Yukon Quest‘s in-house writer, which meant traveling the entire Quest trail. In January, I found time to do a ferry tour of Southeast Alaska, too.

Highlights of the last six months worth of Northern travels? There have been plenty.

My daily helicopter commute from camp to mountaintop during my dirt-bagging stint was incredible. I was in gorgeous country in the Rackla River area, with the fall color at its peak. And on my ferry trip, I fell madly in love with Sitka, absolutely one of the most beautiful towns I’ve ever visited, with great local beer to boot. On the Quest, I saw the Northern Lights filling late-night skies, and I got to watch the mushers and their incredible sled dogs do their thing.

I’m looking forward to sharing photos, tips and stories from those trips here on the blog. I’m also looking forward to more Northern travels – in a couple of weeks I’m off to Yellowknife for a couple of months (part of my new job), and I can’t wait to explore at least one corner of NWT.

Stay tuned!

Blogging Hiatus: Travelers North is Headed South

24 04 2011

Work is taking me south for a few months (I know, I know – who lives through a Yukon winter and then leaves during the season of the midnight sun?) so I’m going to put the blog on hold until I’m back north of 60 again. Enjoy the summer, wherever you find yourself, and please do check back in September.

Photo Friday: Antler Art

8 04 2011

Caribou antlers throw shadows on the wall of the UAF Museum of the North in Fairbanks