Tuesday, June 28, 2011

.:. Yukon River Quest .:. Results

Go to this link to track our progress during the race:
http://www.yukonriverquest.com/templates/ResultsTemplate.php

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Carbo Loading!

Last chance to fill up on pasta, pizza and ice cream (and beer!)
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Safety Briefing

The most important thing to remember is that this IS a wilderness race. There is not much support out there. It will rain and it will be cold...sounds like fun! Here is a picture of the Race president doing the safety briefing. We are getting excited!
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Gear check and Official Team Picture

Just went through gear check and we checked out okay! Everyone has to have certain individual items in the boat (pfd, paddle, sleeping bag, emergency bivy sack) plus we need certain group gear (tents, water container, first aid, maps etc.). Its pretty exciting up here as we meet other teams from across the country and around the world. Check out our official team picture and other fun pics.
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Change of Mind

We decided to ditch the River Quest and go to Hawaii instead! Just kidding...had to purchase evac insurance from Marlin Travel. Check out pic of Jocelyn, Jo and Richella checking out our options.
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Preparing our Paddles

There is no rest for us in the land of the midnight sun. Too much sunlight to sleep - might as well get our super light race paddles ready! Check out Bri, Steph and Perch readying their tools....
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Monday, June 27, 2011

All Together at Last!

We finally all made it to Whitehorse! Great to be together as a team for the first time. Most of the team got on the water today to try out the boat and they were flying along. They also saw bald eagles, a grizzly bear, and many other teams (including our competition)! It was a hot and sunny day on the Yukon River today. Sarah arrived mid afternoon and found the rest of the gals and quickly got up to speed. We are now enjoying amazing local fare at the Klondike Rib and Salmon courtesy of Outward Bound - thanks OB! Getting excited to get on the river in two days time. Over and out from the land of the midnight sun.
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Yukon River Quest Here We Come!

Welcome to our Yukon River Quest Staff Fundraiser Blog!


What is this event all about? Well, 8 Outward Bound Canada staff are going to be paddling the world famous Yukon River Quest race from Whitehorse to Dawson, 740 kms, from June 29th to July 3rd. Why? First of all to raise funds for Outward Bound Canada's Women of Courage program, - a program for women survivors of violence and/or abuse which we have been running for over 20 years in Canada. Women who take part in this wilderness expedition have the full tuition paid, including all travel expenses and day care if necessary. Our goal as a team is to raise $20,000 to go towards providing full tuition bursaries for women on expeditions in 2011 and 2012. We are half-way there and need your help to raise the next $10,000 so if you would like to donate to this great cause, click here. To find out more about our team and the lead up to this event, visit our Facebook page.


The second reason we are doing this race is because it is going to be an amazingly FUN ADVENTURE and that is what Outward Bound is all about, whether you are a participant on an Outward Bound program or a staff who works for Outward Bound. So...follow us on our journey as we do our final preparations and head up to the Yukon. Check back to this Blog for updates on our adventure......it is sure to be an interesting read!