A totally self-supported 1000 mile paddle from Canada into the Arctic Circle, finishing in the Alaskan backcountry.
PURE ISOLATION. TOTAL EXHAUSTION. ABSOLUTE SELF-SUFFICIENCY.
The Yukon 1000 follows the footsteps of early adventurers, immersing in the raw, untouched wilderness that few humans ever experience. No phones. No sat navs. There is zero communication during this trip. With up to 10 days to complete the race, Team Wapiti will cross the finish line to join the elite few who have conquered the world’s longest canoe race, Team Wapiti will be canoeing in an open top Canadian canoe the whole way, paddling 18 hour days to the finish line.
“MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN UP EVEREST THAN HAVE BEEN BEYOND DAWSON CITY”
Put survival to the test….
Yukon 1000 challengers must have the physical and mental fortitude to cope with the staggering feat of paddling 18 hours a day just to complete the race. Completely self-sufficient, teams sleep rough where they stop, and in extreme cases must be able to survive in true wilderness.
No safety blankets…
Whitewater, fallen trees, braided and poorly mapped channels are just some of the challenges Team Wapiti will face. One wrong turn forces competitors to backtrack up river in the most isolated grizzly and black bear territory in the world.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Both Tom Alden & Jim Thorne are endurance athletes and expeditionary types. We are made for adventure, love to challenge and push ourselves beyond our limits to see what is possible and to go places very few have ever been. It may sound crazy to some but it’s also what gives us the unique stories and experiences to bring back. We want to inspire, to motivate and encourage people to take a leap and step out of their own comfort zones. As well as pushing beyond the limits and reaching into the unknown, we have strong connections with charities that support great causes which are very close to us both.
The project will be raising money and awareness for two excellent charities: The Royal Marines Charity and ROSY (Respite Nursing for Oxfordshire’s Sick Youngsters). As a supporter and sponsor of this project you will be helping to raise money and awareness for these two superb organisations and the invaluable work they do, now and in the future.