THE ES­SEN­TIALS

Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Adventure -

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

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