Do you really want to do this?
Whitehorse to the Alaska Pipeline/Dalton Highway
1000 Miles / 1600 Km
7 to 12 days of 18 hours solid paddling
Monday July 21st, 2014
This race is the longest canoe and kayak race in the world, by far.
This is no ordinary race. It is best described as an expedition race. You need to be a strong paddler, and a strong-willed paddler. You have to be a competent and experienced wilderness traveller.
The Yukon River is a big, fairly fast-moving river, but there is very little whitewater: there are 2 class 2 rapids, one of which you can completely avoid. The other is harmless if run correctly. But it is a big, exposed and wild river. When the wind blows the river can get rough: waves can be over a metre high. It can rain, cold heavy continuous rain, for days. That is hard when you are in a hurry. Everything gets wet: your clothes, your tent, your sleeping bag. This race is not always fun. If you are mentally and physically fit then you can do this race and the sense of achievement makes it all worthwhile.
This race is only run in even numbered years. The next race is in 2014.
A long weekend race on a different Yukon river each year
Saturday August 16th, 2014
Nisutlin River for 2014
While the Yukon 1000 is a LONG endurance paddling event, the Yukon 360 is merely long. The 2011 race was 360Km long, as was the 2009 race. This is 20% longer than the 2010 race, on faster water, but in much nastier weather. The '09 and '11 races took a took a little bit longer. In 2012, we also ran the race on the Nusutlin River. This is a smaller river, and shorter, from the put in at the campsite 188 Km down river, followed by 10 Km on Teslin Lake at the end. The Nusutlin is a slower moving river, so it is still a two day race.
The 2009 race was marked by a period of unbelievable head winds. The 2010 race was stupidly hot and sunny, over 30°C in the afternoons. In the 2011 race it rained almost continuously from Saturday night right through Monday. 2012 had almost perfect paddling weather, but there was a frost on the Saturday night.
The run on the Dezadeash River last year was complicated by poor weather, uncampable regions and log jams.
Both the 360 and 1000 races are long distance, no frills, unsupported endurance events, and share the same structure. In both races, teams are tracked using Spot™ Devices. Teams are required to make overnight stops (6 hours minimum on the 1000, 8 hours minimum on the 360). Both races feel like, and are, fast expeditions. They are supposed to feel like a race to be the first person to fly across the Atlantic solo in a canoe (or something like that).
No one yet has paddled the Yukon River Quest, Yukon 1000 and Yukon 360 all in one year.