NORTHERN SENSE OF ADVENTURE
Perhaps American author William Feather was onto something when he wrote that line in his 1949 book The Business of Life. The word adventure can mean a lot of things, from travelling to various continents, seeking an adrenaline rush, or simply pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone in any aspect of life.
I don’t consider myself an extremely adventurous individual, which could be why I’ve always been astounded by the community of fearlessness that exists in the Yukon. There is a healthy contingent of people north of 60 who are routinely motivated to go faster, explore further, and push the limits in all sorts of ways.
Specifically, there are many athletes and voyagers that tackle any opportunity to take their sense of adventure to the edge. Whether it’s seeing people challenge themselves to travel the waterway from Whitehorse to Dawson City in the Yukon
River Quest or trek on foot, skis, or bikes along a similar route in the Yukon Arctic Ultra, endurance and adrenaline-inducing sports are beloved in these parts.
I’m inspired and impressed by friends who summit mountains, head out on epic weekend-long hikes or bike rides, and tackle
tough terrain in anything from summer sunshine to winter whiteouts. And there’s a very good reason why they do this: it turns
out some of the best views, stories, and experiences come from heading outdoors in this vast territory of landscapes and wildlife.
It’s no secret there’s a euphoria that comes with accomplishing something on your own Yukon bucket list, whether you live here or are just visiting. In this issue, we’re introducing you to people who dream big and push boundaries in our latest reincarnation of
our “Local Heroes” column (pg. 30). In that space, we’ve met Yukon farmers and environmentalists. Now the spotlight is on northern adventurers and their stories of what led them to many of the world’s farthest flung places.
We’re also recalling an adventurer whose tales made the pages of northern history books: Roald Amundsen. Our feature about a modern-day expedition to follow in his footsteps demonstrates how polar explorer personalities still exist today (pg. 70). And we’re honoured to remember the late biking trailblazer Wayne Roberts in our “Yukon Questionnaire” (pg. 18).
Topping it off, we’re hitting the slopes in the backcountry (pg. 52) and swapping mountain bikes for fat bikes (pg. 66). Both have become winter traditions in the Yukon; it’s time we dug deeper into these northern pastimes.
Our entire Yukon, North of Ordinary team has been on an incredible adventure for nearly 10 years now. Next issue we celebrate a decade, so drop me a line and tell me what you’ve loved most about our publication’s journey.