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Canoeing the Yukon: Pristine Nature and Gold Rush History

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Program #20537RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
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Jo from Centreville, NS Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/09/13 - 06/18/13
I agree with Tom from Wisconsin (see below) about the food, the guides, the scenery...and the challenges. (In fact, my husband and I were on the same trip as Tom and his wife.) When our group signed up, the trip description advised that it was "suitable for beginning paddlers." As it happens, we were all experienced paddlers. We were very glad there were no beginners. We had adverse winds as well as the high, fast water to be expected in June, and most of us felt beginning paddlers would be exhausted (even more than we were) and miserable, even though they would have been safe with our superb guides. When I returned I took the matter up with Road Scholar via their post-trip feedback survey, and was impressed when they got in touch for more information from me. I no longer see "suitable for beginners" on the description of the trip. Good! It's a great trip, though our group also thought if it had been one day longer, the guides wouldn't have had to push us so hard, and most of us would have enjoyed it more.

Tom from Brandon, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/09/13 - 06/18/13
A fantastic trip. Great scenery,great guides, great food. I want to do it all over again. It would advise being in good shape because it is physically demanding. Headwinds on Lake Leberge can make for long, hard paddles. I would recommend some experiece canoeing so that you at least know the basic strokes and handling of the canoe. The instruction by the guides was good but it would be a lot to learn if you never canoed before. The food was fantastic, fresh and very health conscience. If you like the wilderness but want a little security this trip is for you.

Judith from Moraga, CA Number of programs attended: 30
Date attended: 08/12/12 - 08/21/12
A beautiful trip, well planned & expertly guided, but far more exhausting than some wilderness kayak trips I've been on in the past, due to longer days of paddling, a decidedly faster pace, and the heaviness of all the gear.
The guides increased the pace during the first half of the trip, to make sure we'd make it to the.end, & to get past Lake Laberge, which reportedly could have troublesome winds, although with the winds behind us this time, It was fun to ride the waves.
It was a terrific wilderness experience (where ghostly relics from the human past abound), but I could have benefitted from more aerobic and strength training to prepare.

Dick from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 08/12/12 - 08/21/12
I would like to second Mark's and Constance's comments. The advice on gear and preparation for the trip came from a Roads Scholar Office and not from the trip provider, Ruby Range Adventures. Several of us would have liked to get advice from the provider about the 30 mile trip up Lac Laberge, which could present problems of winds and waves. Lack of advice on this may have intimidated some experience canoeist from signing up for the trip. As it turned out we had fair weather and winds at our back. Also there was one odd piece of advice on the gear list suggesting we not bring wool garments. Our guides scratched their heads about this one. It was a wonderfull trip. The part that I liked best was seeing the artifacts of the gold rush days, the abandoned paddle wheel steamer, the telegraph cabins, the indian burial grounds. It was one of the more exhausting river trips that I have been on and wish that I had done more to get in condition before the trip. Some of the days were long and we covered a lot of KM. Our two guides were wonderfull. They made good decisions as trip leaders and bonded well with our group, most of whom were old enough to be their grand parents. The camp food was great, particularly considering the limits of having ice only for a few days.

Mark from Moraga, CA Number of programs attended: 29
Date attended: 08/12/12 - 08/21/12
I wholeheartedly agree with Constance's review. I would add that previous paddling experience is more than just desireable (the ad says beginners welcome). If the weather had not been so favorable it owuld have presented a significant challenge even to old salts (emphasis on old ;-) ) That said, if one is motivated, try and get some paddling experience in prior to going.

Constance from Prince Albert, SK Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/12/12 - 08/21/12
This was my first Road Scholar trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ruby Range Adventures, the outfitter, provided very good gear and the guides were wonderful - knowledgeable and skilled. It was truly a wilderness canoeing experience. I have done a lot of wilderness canoe trips with friends and family and found this one to be very like something I would have done myself which is what I wanted. It is important that participants are physically and mentally prepared for some long paddling days and adverse weather conditions. Road Scholar needs to do a better job of sending a gear list much earlier than was done and with more detail about what is provided and what is necessary to supply oneself.

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