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 I keep getting the question:

     Why 10x the Yukon River?       

There are several answers!

 

 

1. Basically, I'm not even interested in the Yukon River itself, I just want to spend as long as possible in nature.

 

 There is (yet) enough Nature along the Yukon River  ...

There is a land that can be roamed for an eternity without ever seeing everything in which one can spend an entire life without ever leaving behind all its secrets ...

 It never gets boring there!

For me it would be much more boring to drive 10x to Mallorca and spend my vacation on the beach.

 The tastes are just different, thank God!

 

Yukon River Expedition© Copyright by Ch. Breier

2002 / Ruby Alaska © Copyright by Ch.Breier

 

 2. The Yukon River is over 3200 km long!

Even if I drove him 20 times I still would not have seen everything. On each trip I find new, cabins, tributaries, rock formations, graves, weather conditions u.s.w ...


Yukon River Expedition© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Yukon River Alaska 1998 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

 

3.   I'll will ride the Yukon River so many times, until I feel like it's enough!

I did not reach that point yet...

 

Yukon River Expedition© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Kandik River/Alaska 1989 © Copyright by Ch. Breier


 

Why not other rivers

Most of them are far too short for my taste!


I love big, long rivers. I paddled lots of others, not one I ever liked so much as the Yukon River. Not even the Mackenzie River ...

 

Mackenzie River 2007 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

 

 

 

There are some "smart people" that write me and say:

 

The Yukon River is only something for beginners and not a challenge for them !

Strangely enough these are
always people who have never paddled him completely ...

There are always people drowning in the Yukon, this is not hung on the big bell, because it is bad for the image and the tourists ...        

I would have drowned by a hair on my 8th Yukon River Tour, although I know the river better than anyone ( I thought... )!

 

Yukon River Expedition© Copyright by Ch. Breier

© Copyright by Ch. Breier

 

I have experienced the Yukon River in all kinds of weather situations!

In sunshine, where it was smooth, but also in storms with weeks of continuous rain, lightning, forest fires which reduced the view to a few meters !

With billions of Moskitos, Horse-Flys, Gnats, NooSeeUms and that over WEEKS .

 

Yukon River Expedition© Copyright by Ch. Breier

© Copyright by Ch. Breier

With waves of over 2,50m height, which break from all sides...

People who were lucky enough to went down the Yukon River in good weather should not tell others it would be a piece of cake.

Because that's only partly the case when the weather is good ...

The picture was taken 12:00 Noon !  

Yukon River Expedition© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Eagle/Alaska © Copyright by Ch. Breier

 

This picture was taken in Eagle / Alaska 2004.

The fires darkened the sky, no fun at all I tell you...

 

 

The Yukon River is not the route

Whitehorse-Dawson !

After Dawson City the "REAL " Yukon River starts for me ! 
 

Not for nothing many get off in Dawson City or at the latest after the Yukon Flats.  

This is of course always due to booring Yukon ...

What else could it be, admitting one's own
  " Cowardice"

 

 

Yukon River Expedition© Copyright by Ch. Breier

© Copyright by Ch. Breier

The water at the Yukon is partly cold and very fast. The many sediments in the water, up to 874 grams per litre, penetrate into the clothes when accidentally going overboard and fill every little crease with sand, hopefully you won't have your rubber boots on then, because that makes swimming almost impossible ..

 

Yukon River Expedition© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Fort Selkirk/Yukon 2004 © Copyright by Ch. Breier


Three minutes after this picture was taken, a tree trunk slashed one of the pontoons on my boat!  

Thank God I had some spare ones with me ...


Yukon River

Yukon River 2011 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

In 2011 I almost drowned when my boat was sucked into a logpile, I was very lucky again, it wasn't my time yet ...

That it happened to me on one of the simplest sections on the Yukon River, in good weather should be a warning to you.

 

Yukon River Expedition© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Alaska Slaven Cabin 2004 © Copyright by Ch. Breier


 A complete journey down the Yukon River to the END requires a certain ability to suffer, which not everyone has or is willing to accept.

I met a lot of people on the way who gave up.


Not everyone likes to paddle long distances in bad weather, sometimes surrounded by "millions of mosquitoes, gnats and the like".


Mossis Yukon River

Yukon River © Copyright by Ch. Breier

I also go crazy sometimes and scold like a pipe sparrow!

I always come to the point where I thought about giving up.   Then you just have to defeat your inner bastard, or just stop !

 

It's all up to yourself! 

The one who really breaks off because he can't bear it anymore should have the guts too say it and not blame everything on the boring Yukon River...


 

Yukon River Expedition© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Yukon River 2004 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

 I can only urge everyone again and again never to lose the respect for this river.  Always watch the weather and use your common sense and leave the water early enough if there are signs of bad weather. 

 

Reading about the Yukon or actually travelling through it along its entire length are two very different things...

Some forget that  ...

 

 

Yukon River Expedition© Copyright by Ch. Breier

© Copyright by Ch. Breier

 

Of course, one should understand something about life in the great outdoors.

This has nothing to do with survival or the like. But one should master the basic knowledge of outdoor life. 

You should also be smart enough to learn from other travellers. Because nobody is perfect. 

I haven't been for a long time. 

I learn new skills every time I travel. Be it from another traveller or from a local. Of course you should always decide for yourself if its of use to you.

There are always things that are out of the question for you, but therefore do not have to be wrong and to learn them is guaranteed not to harm you at all.


 Last but not least, I would like to encourage all of you who have thought about going down the Yukon River.

Yukon River Expedition© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Yukon River- Alaska 1998 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

 

Nobody's too young or too old for this! 

 With some preparation and common sense, anyone can make it and immerse themselves in a completely different world. 


Another little tip:  

If you want to travel the Yukon River in its full length,   

Take your time!

Of course you could do the Yukon River in 50 days, but only people who don't know anything about it will do that, because they miss everything and they make such a trip for nothing more than  to brag:


" THEY MADE THE YUKON " ! 


If you want to sweep over the Yukon you should stay at home, I don't want to have anything to do with such people, sorry !

To really enjoy a Yukon trip and to see something, you need at least

90 days

 

If you don't have so much time available then  better ride it in 2 - 3 stages !

I would say more time, more experience / more you see the real Yukon and do not miss the best places ! 

 

Yukon River expedition

© Copyright by Ch. Breier


Sailing, paddling , riding or what ever you will call it, in pairs or alone is two completely different things!

The fear factor alone is much greater than as a couple!

I get the question again and again whether I would not be afraid if I am alone underway!  

Of course I face situations in which I am very afraid... 


Who says he would undertake such journeys and he would not be afraid, he is simply a liar!

  Fear is a sign of danger

 If there is really danger you feel it and you should not suppress this feeling under any circumstances!

Whoever puts himself in danger must be prepared to live with fear. 

Any trivialisation would be wrong ! 

It is much better to be aware of the risk and to accept the fear.

But the ability to live with it is obviously not given by nature ! 

In general, one is afraid of being afraid and of showing oneself and others the fear that ties one's throat. 

It's normal, everybody's scared someday!

One must always bear in mind in the wilderness that one is always inferior to the elements and can only outsmart them through the use of intelligence, only it can protect one from instinctive or ill-considered actions and life-threatening panic. 

One can train the fear of managing the fear ( not to lose! ) but such a thing is a long process that not everyone is willing to go through...


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