Getting there and around: Qantas flies to Vancouver from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. From there, Air North flies daily from Vancouver to Whitehorse and operates down to -50oC. The flight takes just over two hours. For bookings go to www.flyairnorth.com. When to go: The Yukon Quest is held every February. For dates and race information see www.yukonquest.com.
Where to stay: There’s plenty of Whitehorse accommodation, such as Gold Rush Inn on Main Street (www.goldrushinn. com) and Westmark Whitehorse Hotel on Wood Street (www.westmarkhotels.com).
What to bring: Main equipment includes canvas winter trekking tent and wood stove, toboggan, boots (www.mukluks.com), parka suitable down to minus 45oC and sleeping bag for temperatures down to minus 40oC. Satphones can be hired locally from Total North Communications (www. totalnorth.ca). Up North sells select winter gear and offers transport (www.upnorthadventures.com). Maps can be purchased from Mac’s Fireweed Books (www.macsbooks.ca).
Main maps (1:25,000): Frenchman Lake 105 L/4; Mandanna Lake 105 E/13 West; Mandanna Lake 105 E/13 East; Frank Creek 105 E/11 West. Mark Stenzig of Up North can help you plot the Quest trail.
Thanks to: Snowtrekker Canvas Tents (www.snowtrekkertents.com) and Black River Sleds (www.blackriversleds.com) for their generous support and fabulous equipment. More information: www.wintertrekking.com