Tempo em movimento  2 horas 49 minutos

Hora  3 horas 14 minutos

Coordenadas 3194

Enviada em 2 de Julho de 2018

Registrada em Julho 2018

667 m
654 m
10,76 mn

Visualizado 153 vezes, baixado 1 vezes

perto de Bennett, British Columbia (Canada)

This is one of 14 Wikiloc Trails in a series that recounts an 855 kilometer (531 statute mile, 461 nautical mile) journey by kayak from Bennett, British Columbia to Dawson City, Yukon Territories from June 30 to July 13, 2018.

A team of four Canadian kayakers from British Columbia completed this paddle in celebration of and homage to the roughly 100,000 gold prospectors who sought their fortune by attempting this route during the Yukon Gold Rush of 1897 to 1899. Fewer than a third actually completed the route, which began with a 53 kilometer hike and climb over Chilkoot Pass from the Southeastern Alaska panhandle coast at Dyea to a high mountain lake at Bennett, British Columbia. One member of the kayak expedition had completed this four-day hike and climb several years earlier with his two sons. This journey by boat would complement and complete that first stage in the re-enactment of this historic journey: traveling from the Pacific Ocean to the Yukon Gold Fields.

An early morning wake-up in Whitehorse on Day One saw the final assembly of our travel gear and the stowing of a few post-trip items in our car before it was parked at the Robert Service Campground for use on Day 4 as a portage aid around the Whitehorse Dam. We had to be sure all of our gear (food for 14 days, and personal and group gear) would fit into the kayaks when we arrived at Bennett Lake. 'Up North Adventures' (a river guide service along the Yukon) helped to transport us and our boats an hour south to Carcross where we met the train to Bennett.

In Carcross we strapped the kayaks to a flatbed car that was coupled behind the engine of a heritage train that was scheduled to travel that day from Carcross (Yukon Territories, Canada) through a portion of British Columbia and then on to Skagway (Alaska, US). We were to disembark about half-way to Skagway at the old town site of Bennett and in front of the Bennett Lake Hotel (no longer in operation). The start point of this paddle was where historically tens of thousands of prospectors built their own boats or found water passage connecting the end of the 53-kilometer Chilkoot Trail to a river journey of 855 kilometers that ended in Dawson City.

We arrived at Bennett at 3:30 in the afternoon and were on the water by 5:00 for a short two-hour paddle to the north side of an island in the lake that had been pointed out to us by the train conductor as a safe place to land and camp. We had a stiff 15-knot tailwind and heavy surf that propelled us (and often spun us around) on the way to our first camp. We arrived at 7:15 to make dinner and set up our tents in the lee of this island. It was a great calm landing and camping spot and thanks to that railway conductor for pointing it out.

On our first evening out, we paddled 19 kilometers/12 statute miles/10 nautical miles.
Patrimônio Mundial

The Trip from Whitehorse, Yukon Territories to Bennett, BC

This was the toughest logistics of the trip: how to move us, our 4 kayaks, and a ton of gear to a location without a road. Luckily, there is an old heritage railway that runs an occasional tourist trip exactly to where we wanted to go. We had to get up early in Whitehorse to get our last breakfast, pack our bags carefully, and catch an outfitter shuttle to Carcross. There we tied our kayaks to a flatbed car on the train were were to take, stowed our gear in the luggage car, and then awaited the afternoon departure...back in time to 1897 when the town of Bennett, BC was full of hopeful gold prospectors building boats to make the journey we now hoped to complete.


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