Dispatch from the Yukon Quest Trail

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  02.07.12 | 3:57 PM ET

I’m on the road this week, doing some writing and social media work for the Yukon Quest.

For those unfamiliar with it, the Quest is a 1,000-mile sled dog race that runs from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Yukon (my hometown). I’m following along, and on the trail with me is a traveling crowd of volunteers, veterinarians, race officials, “handlers” (assistants to the mushers), and friends and family. We drive from checkpoint to checkpoint, meeting up with the dog teams whenever they intersect with the sparse road system. I’m writing this from Central Corner, an outpost on the Steese Highway just south of the one-time Gold Rush town of Circle City.

Never seen a long-distance dog sled race? Here’s a video that gives you a real sense of the scene at the start line back in Fairbanks:

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

2 Comments for Dispatch from the Yukon Quest Trail

GypsyGirl 02.07.12 | 6:26 PM ET

Thanks for the update, Eva! I look forward to hearing more about this years race. I’m working with a musher right now—four time Quest Veteran, Mike King—who’s gearing up to race the 2013 Quest with a young team. Have fun out there! Awesome video, by the way.

Chris 02.11.12 | 2:58 PM ET

Wow, Eva! That looks awesome (except for the frigid cold).

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