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The Yukon Quest

 

 
 


 

Mush your own sled dog team of Alaskan Huskies through the Alaska, Yukon Wilderness.

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What is…the “Yukon Quest!”
The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race… billed as the “toughest race in the world,” is 1000 miles up and over 4 mountain ranges right in the middle of the depths of the sub-arctic winter.  Passing thru areas where temperatures last winter bottomed out at minus 72 degrees F.  Mushers and their 14 dog teams will start the 2009 race in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory of Canada and traverse their way to Fairbanks, Alaska carrying gear and supplies to survive the elements independently on their own.

Rules do not permit any help or support along the entire 1000 miles, except by another racer and during the mandatory 36-hour layover in Dawson. 

Of course, the dogs are the real, elite marathon athletes of the race.  A crew of veterinarians follows the race and checks every dog at checkpoints along the way.  These dogs have the highest level of refined aerobic capacity of any animal on earth.  They were bred and born for one specific reason, to run. 

You will never see such excitement and enthusiasm, as you will with a team of Quest dogs at a race start.  It takes 6 or 8 handlers AND a snowmobile tied off to the dog sled to move to the starting line and hold the team in place for the start because the “Team” is leaping, lunging and barking hysterically just because…they want to run!

Many teams never make it to the finish line; so many variables along the 1000 miles of trail take their toll in the final outcome.  The teams that do cross the finish line are the “best of the best.”  Our full team of 14 huskies crossed that line in the 2002 race, a first in the history of the race. In the 2006 race our team finished 10th and received the Sportsmanship award.  In 2009 it was a 15th place finish.

The Yukon Quest runs through a portion of the Yukon Charley Rivers Preserve which is a 2.2 million acre wilderness area... http://www.nps.gov/yuch/historyculture/yukon-quest.htm

 

Matt Hall is the 2017 Yukon Quest Champion

Run your own sled dog team of

Alaskan Huskies through the

Alaska / Yukon Wilderness.

We specialize in extreme, hard-core wilderness travel using highly trained Alaskan huskies. This area of Alaska is one of the most remote locations left on earth.  Because a true wilderness experience becomes tainted with a large group or "party," we limit our tours to one or two clients plus your guide.  (Except on special request for a larger group, by you.)  You can customize your tour to your own personal physical abilities and expectations which can include day trips and a simple overnight in a tent camp or an original miner/trapline cabin dating back to the early part of the century or you can experience a full-blown expedition as long as you want, mushing into country inhabited only by God's creations, including caribou and wolves.


CONTACT:
For more information
and/or questions e-mail us at bushalaskaex@gmail.com or bush_alaska_expeditions@hotmail.com or write us at:  Bush Alaska Expeditions, P O Box 161, Eagle, AK 99738.  No incoming phone calls due to the remote location but there is Internet access via satellite. Phone calls can be arranged via computer and satellite.   

 

 
   

 

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