Epic is an often overused word: but this is most definitely it. Retrace the epic journey made by the Stampeders of the Gold Rush era as you hike, bike and canoe your way across some of the most iconic sights of Alaska and the Yukon. Featuring the world-famous Chilkoot Trail and the mighty Yukon River itself, this is an All-American backcountry classic – reworked with Rat Race flair and a healthy dose of multi-sport innovation.
The Gold Rush era is awash with legend – and the route upon which the hardy Stampeders set out all those years ago is as legendary as the characters who panned for gold in these parts. Striking out from the coast at Skagway AK, the route immediately comes face-to-face with big mountain country as it ascends the incredible Chilkoot Pass. A serious adventure objective in its own right, for us the Chilkoot is only the first helping of action on our route, as you will switch backpacks for canoes as you descend from the snow line and head for Bennett Lake. Then switching to bikes you will blast your way across the Yukon backcountry before coming face to face with the mighty river itself. We will use traditional Canadian canoes to reach our final objective – the pioneering town at the heart of the old gold fields – Dawson City. This route is a serious big mountain and river adventure – at the same time retracing one of the most important heritage routes in North America. You will come away with a sense of both the enormity of the gold rush era and the pioneers who blazed this trail 100 years ago; and also of the sheer scale and raw beauty of these iconic parts of Alaska and Yukon Territory.