Whitehorse - Carmacks
We left for Frankfurt at around 5:00 am. The journey was great, only before Frankfurt we had a bit of a traffic jam.
Our mountain of luggage is stowed away...
Helmut Wirfler, thank's for your help in Whitehorse!
In the morning we went to town and bought some equipment.
In the afternoon Helmut came as promised and we went to buy wood.
Of course we didn't get the exact dimensions of the wood we needed. But the important thing was that we had something that would fit.
Back at the Yukon we used the wood straight away. It was not ideal, but it did the job. We are still worried about the engine mount, it bends backwards a lot and I almost have a feeling it will break.
We went to bed early in the evening. It started to rain, just a drizzle at first, but then it rained heavily all night.
It rained all morning. It only improved in the afternoon.
We went to buy the remaining equipment. My tank hadn't arrived from Anchorage yet, so we bought two 20-litre tanks.
Now we had everything. Back at the Yukon we finished building our boat. The deck was now made of wood on the sides and front.
The bimini top was also in place. The only thing that worried us was the engine mount. It still bends dangerously backwards when we accelerate, despite the ropes we use to brace it. The first short test runs went quite well, a little fine tuning and everything should be fine.
Tomorrow we need to get some tensioning straps for the deck and then hopefully we can finally get going.
In the evening we sorted our luggage and had a couple of rum and coke.
The Trimaran on the Yukon, close to ready..
After about 60 kilometres we decided to end the day in a sheltered bay. The waves were just too high, we were taking on too much water and the unfamiliar seating position was getting to us.
We had no way of leaning back, which was very uncomfortable in the long run, we definitely need to change that.
We pitched our tents and made our first campfire. We had sausages and bread and a cup of hot chocolate.
As you may have noticed, we love our rum...
Jupp, live is hard on the Yukon Stefan ...
The night was wonderfully quiet, except for the constant splashing on the water. We had the beavers to thank for that.
We woke up around 10:00. The weather had deteriorated and there were thick grey clouds in the sky. We packed our things and headed for Lower Laberge.
The lake was a little calmer than yesterday and we made good progress. We took a short rest at an eyrie on a beaver pond. When we were ready to start again, we noticed that the left float on the boat had slipped. We reattached it and continued our journey to Lower Laberge.
There we rejoined the Yukon River. We visited the site, but before we could, my digital camera's memory chip sank in the water. Thank God it was not defective.
We continued on the 30 mile section to Hootalinqua. The weather was changeable, sometimes sunny, sometimes rainy. On the way we saw a moose cow and calf.
There were many very flat sections. Just after 17 Mile Woodyard we saw 2 grizzlies but as soon as they saw us they ran away. The weather was getting worse.
Around 22:00 we set up camp on an island about 6km from Hootalinqua. We cooked potatoes with carrots, corn and onions that we had picked ourselves. After that we had a nightcap of tea with rum and went to bed tired around 24:00.
Cabin at Lower Laberge
In the morning it rained, while packing the boat we got really wet. For breakfast we had cornflakes and milk.
We went on to Hootalinqua. There we visited the cabins and went on to Shipyard Island.
The Teslin River, which joins the Yukon River at Hootalinqua, brought an enormous amount of water. The water level was above normal and higher than in 2004, which is not a good sign for the 5 finger rapids.
On Shipyard Island we visited the Norcom paddle steamer and the grave of L.M. Davis. Shortly after the island we saw a swimming moose.
From Shipyard Island we went on without an engine and used the oars to steer. Stefan doesn't really like the Yukon, it's too boring for him to just sit in the boat. He thinks about getting out at Carmacks...
A few kilometers before Big Salmon Stefan sat down in the back, started the engine and drove to Big Salmon, that was more fun for him.
Around 20:00 o'clock we arrived in Big Salmon and already the plague of the north greeted us, the mosquitoes.
Real clouds of the pest were falling down on us. We covered ourselves as best we could with bug spray. It helped a little, but these pests kept finding unprotected places to bite us.
We quickly set up our tents and Stefan lit a fire. That scared off some of the mosquitoes, but not all of them.
I went into the tent and wrote the daily report. After that we sat around the fire for a while.
The paddle steamer Norcom on Shipyard Island
Around noon we packed the boat and headed for Carmacks. The weather was fine, no rain. Stefan steered the boat.
At Cyrs Dredge we stopped and looked at the old gold washing plant, or what was left of it. Opposite Ericks Woodcamp there was a small lake which we entered.
At Claire Creek we set up camp and cooked some food. It was a very nice camp right next to a small creek. There were hardly any mosquitoes.
We made a campfire and had a few cups of tea. Tomorrow we will go on to Carmacks.
Camp at Claire Creek
My trimaran on the Yukon River just before Little Salmon
Continue with: Carmacks - Dawson City
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