Last year I invited members of the forums Bushcraft USA, Bushcraft UK and Bushcraft Deutschland to join me for a wilderness canoe trip on the Teslin & Yukon Rivers. The idea was not only to paddle down through the breathtaking scenery of the Yukon, but also to share and exchange bushcraft related knowledge and skills. Bob, Kevin and Pete followed the “call of the wild” and we had a great river trip. You can read about our adventure here. After and during last year’s trip I had many conversation and discussions regarding another Yukon adventure for interested forum members in 2017. I sat down, checked my calendar, did some number crunching, scratched my head…and here it comes: I would like to invite you folks for another round of Yukon adventures! For 2017 I plan a modular event with a Bushcraft & Survival Camp/Course in the first week and a Wilderness Canoe Trip for the second week. If you are interested, you can join for either of the two, or both. Ultimate goal is –once again- an exchange of skills and ideas between the participants, to meet like-minded folks and to enjoy one of the most beautiful areas the northern hemisphere has to offer. First Week: Bushcraft & Survival Camp/Course During this course we will stay on our property north of Whitehorse, Yukon. Our area offers a beautiful mixed boreal forest and some spectacular views to the mountains of the Coastal Range. You can pitch your tents, set up your tarps (think of bugs!) or span your hammocks. We will have the new group event and training area cleared by then and we can take full advantage of the new fire pit. This part will run like a regular wilderness course and there will be a mix of theory lectures and lots and lots of hands-on stuff. We will also do a few hikes and canoe excursions in the surrounding area and we will throw in a few challenges for you to test your (hopefully) newly acquired skills. It will be interesting and fun! Without going too much into detail, here is some of the stuff we will cover during the camp/course: - Choosing & using cutting tools (knife, saw, axe) - Fire lighting (various methods) - Fire lays, Fire safety - Bear Safety - Shelter (tarp set ups, Super Shelter, improvised shelters) - Bushcraft cooking & baking - Rope work (knots, pulleys, making cordage) - Using plants for medicine & food - Fishing with rod & reel - Processing and cooking fish - Canoeing Techniques (we will do a one day canoe outing during the course) - Survival trapping - Field dressing of small game - Navigation with map & compass - Improvising Tools - …and if we find the time we will look at a few little MYOG projects for you to take home. This camp/course will run from June 4, 2017 (Sunday) to June 9, 2017 (Friday). Cost: CA$560 per person. This will cover your transport from Whitehorse, YT to the training area, food for the duration of the course, material & supplies for the course, canoe rental and transportation costs for the outing, instructions, camping at my place. Not covered is your flight to Whitehorse (of course), fishing license, additional accommodation (if you choose to use hotels at the beginning or end of course/trip). If you feel you can teach something bushcraft related and contribute significantly (!!!) to the course program, please get in touch with me. There will be an incentive, depending on your contribution. We need a minimum of 5 participants to run this course. Second Week: Wilderness Canoe Trip (Yukon River) For this 6-day wilderness trip we will launch our canoes at the shore of beautiful Lake Laberge north of Whitehorse. After two days of lake paddling, which will get us in shape and hone our paddling skills for the faster water sections, we reach a section of the Yukon River called “Thirty Mile River”. This stretch is known for its clear and fast flowing water, wonderful camp sites and amazing fishing opportunities. Many consider it the most beautiful part of the Yukon River. We will continue on to the historic sites of Hootalinqua, Big Salmon Village and eventually get picked up at Little Salmon Village. We will camp along the river in wonderful camp spots, enjoy great fishing opportunities, and have some time to practise some real wilderness living skills. At this time of the year we have good chances to see cow moose and their off-spring cooling off at the river banks. There is also an abundance of wolf, bears, lynx, and water fowl along this river. Participants need to arrive on or before June 11, 2017 (Sunday). We will get back to Whitehorse on June 17, 2017 (Saturday), but you should plan on departing from Whitehorse not before June 18, 2017 (Sunday), as we may arrive late on Saturday. Costs: CA$660. This will cover your transportation from Whitehorse to our place, to the boat launch site and back to Whitehorse from Little Salmon Village, your food for the entire trip, canoe/equipment rental fees, satellite communication (for emergencies only), guiding (licensed & insured as required by the Yukon Wilderness Tourism Act), free camping before and after the canoe trip at our place. Not covered is your flight to Whitehorse (of course), fishing license, additional accommodation (if you choose to use hotels at the beginning or end of course/trip). We need a minimum of 5 participants to carry out this trip. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them here on the forum and we can discuss for everyone to read and participate. If you want to sign-up for this 2017 Yukon adventure, please send me a PM with your contacts. I will get back to you with some more detailed info, such as gear list, waiver, medical form etc.