This is an 18-mile paddle of nine locks and only one portage. Seven locks have canoe passes and one, Hampstead, can be by-passed. The launch and recovery sites are easily accessible, and the trail finishes at Allington with free, hot showers and a café.
Sarah, Mark, Dan and I choose to make the trip with an overnight stop at Hampstead Lock where we camped at Marlin Canoe Club, a secluded patch of grass and shading trees with a view of Yalding Bridge. There is no running water on site, but the river authority has some near-by, and there’s the Anchor – a dismal escapee from the early 70s: terrible food and fouled beer. But who cares? We were hungry and it has a great view of the river…. read Stephens full account from the link on the trip reports page
Aidan and Emily arrived at the Dalton Highway bridge yesterday at 2.50 pm (Alaska Time) to complete the Yukon 1000 race. Congratulations to them both on an awesome feat of endurance and perseverance. The ‘Dalton Bridge runners’ and the ‘Be Water My Friend’ teams also finished together later in the evening meaning that all teams are now finished with just one retirement at Dawson by the young crew of the ‘Paddling Madelines’ tandem canoe.
There was a good turnout this Wednesday for an evening paddle on the river. Mark and Dan here were practising for their Medway trip tomorrow. A few of us then sat in the garden of the Bell pub for a quick shandy!
It is a balmy summers afternoon in Alaska with some sunshine and a temperature of 20degC. Emily and Aidan will soon be able to see the Dalton Highway bridge which marks the finish of the 1000 mile race, some 10km in the distance, After 10 days of racing they must be looking forward to a hot bath and a beer! The ‘Dalton Bridge Runners’ team are now some 50km behind together with the ‘Be Water My Friend’ team (SUP!) Congratulations to them both on completing an inspiring and epic adventure. Next race is 2016…..
Dalton Highway bridge over the Yukon
Emily and Aidan are now passing the town of Beaver on the 9th day of the race which gives them 200km to the finish line. They are lying second in the tandem canoe class and have increased their lead over the third place canoe ‘Dalton Bridge Runners’, from Edmonton.
Beaver, Alaska (population 84)
Emily and Aidan leaving Whitehorse at the start of the race with SUP behind.
Passing the Takhini
Emily and Aidan have now completed 7 days of the Yukon 1000 race and have crossed the border from the Yukon in Canada into Alaska, having passed through the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and camped last night just beyond the ‘town’ of Circle. They started in Whitehorse on 21st July and finish at the Alaska Pipeline / Dalton Highway Road bridge in the next 2-3 days.
Follow their progress via their SPOT tracker device. Results for all teams.
(According to the Facebook page the Kiwi team in a double kayak have just finished followed by the Finish team in a tandem canoe)
Whitehorse to the Alaska Pipeline/Dalton Highway
1000 Miles / 1600 Km
7 to 12 days of 18 hours solid paddling
This semi-annual race is the longest canoe and kayak race in the world, by far.
The Yukon River 1000 is a LONG endurance paddling event. There weren’t races in 2012 and 2013 race, but there is one in 2014.
Follow race updates on our facebook page: “Yukon 1000 Canoe Race“
The weather forecast is for light southerly winds and possibly some showers. That is much better than the wind and rain we have been having. Wind on the first day is always a concern because of that Lake Laberge that can be so difficult (threatening? dangerous? Yes, all of those)
Emily will be running some more 1* courses in August and September on
Sun 24th August 2014 (1 day) 10:00-19:00
Sat 13th September 2014 (1 day) 10:00-19:00
see the courses page for full details.
Upgrade Wednesday seemed to be a hit with over 10 people turning up and trying out all sorts of boats, Tor’s, a Raven, Viper’s, Hobby’s and so on….
Thanks everyone who came, it was a good evening.
Effective leaders adjust their plans as opportunities arise. Latin scholars refer to this technique as ‘Carpe Diem’. Other regards it as erratic opportunism. But it works: here’s an example from the weekday trip on Monday 30 June.
Ivy, Norma, Jenny, Bernard, Dave and I arrived at Catteshall lock on the Wey to discover:
- The get-out was entirely blocked by moored boats from the boatyard and the cut itself was blocked by boats from the boatyard (though they were moved out of our wey). Indeed, our larger boats could only land and launch on the boatyard side of the navigation.
- We were a bit behind schedule for coffee at Bel and the Dragon in Godalming.
- Hector’s Bistro was open, fully recovered from three feet of flood water in the winter.
The Hamptoneers happily settled into Hector’s and can report that the bacon sarnies there are still excellent (they’re based on lots of streaky smoked bacon, which is an unusual and delicious recipe); the scones are good, too.
Andrew’s paddle up the Hamble attracted 8 paddlers in thrall to a stiffening breeze and the weird cross currents of an incoming tide.
Up towards the motorway bridge with a promising storm to the west and the menacing thud thud of outward-bound Sunseekers between the trots, past the Jolly Sailor and all of us paddling for England to escape the swell and make the bridge and then – a lovely broad river, blue sky and marshes…… read Stephen’s full account from the link on the trip reports page.