German Visitors Share Sad Story of Vaished Wilderness

A journey into a world without highways, power plants or industrial parks – the adventures of German youth in the Yukon wilderness

Day 16 – July 25, 2017 – Between cotton-grass and fog

The ocean of cotton-grass that surrounds our tents is simply a really impressive picture. Only the red of the tent is a contrast to the bright white sea of blossoms. We continue our journey, but after the next curve we have to stop. Our maps have gotten drenched. Damn. We carefully spread them out on the sand bank to dry, but really we don’t have any time for that, because we still have a lot of miles to cover on the river. But of course if you are in trouble, you become inventive. mehr erfahren …

Day 18 – July 27, 2017 – Arrival

Not much happened on the last couple of days except that we paddled 180 kilometers. As we arrive in Taco Bar, we receive the news that the Gwich’in could not pick us up there with their boats because the water level of the Peel River was too low. They are afraid of running aground on the sand bank, and permanently damaging the motor. We are told to meet them on the Trail River. But where is that? Nobody knows…. mehr erfahren …

Day 14 – July 23, 2017 – Canyon ahead!

Dull raindrops wake us from the dreamland of grizzly bears and caribou. Yesterday we did not make it all the way through the canyon, so today we want to do that! Let’s go! mehr erfahren …

Day 15 – July 24, 2017 – Rainbow next to rainbow next to…

It is hard to imagine a better awakening than awakening to a rainbow. And even better when you get to experience this on your birthday! Hans-Joachim is overjoyed. We launch downriver with our boats. Slowly but surely the pace of the current on the Snake increases and the water level rises. We have hardly any problems clearing the large areas of rocks. And the level of fun increases: behind large boulders the waves grow larger and the boats are thoroughly shaken up. So much so, that Lina does a backward summersault before landing in the arms of the Gwich’in Dinah and Angel. She is not the only one engaging in “Interraftjumping” – changing places in the raft during a large wave. mehr erfahren …

Day 10 – July 19, 2017 – Discovery tour at Mikly Creek

The sound of Milky Creek’s playful gurgling wakes us as we lie in our tents, warmed by the sun. In the morning light we see for the first time what gave the creek its name. The white glacier milk springs from Mount McDonald, the highest of the Mackenzie Mountains. mehr erfahren …

Day 11 – July 20, 2017 – Mountain View: Mt. McDonald

Cold. It is simply damn cold. 0 degrees Centegrade. 530am. A small group made up of Kai, Daniel, Reyna, Johannes, Jette and Tobi heads out. The goal: Mt. McDonald. Or at least the wonderful view on the imposing and powerful mountain. mehr erfahren …

Day 13 – July 22, 2017 – Swimming with the Grizzly

After 12 hours on the Snake River and 60 kilometers downstream we arrive in a tight river valley. What a day! But these facts are the least important when one learns what the expedition team experienced today. mehr erfahren …

Day 12 – July 21 2017 – Hike to Moose Lake

On our hike two days ago we saw an idyllic lake, which was in a dip on a hill behind the canyon of Milky Creek. There, on this brilliant turquoise blue body of water which seems like a paradise in the middle of the forest, through our binoculars we see two moose swimming in the water. mehr erfahren …

Day 9 – July 18 2017. – From Reptile Creek to Milky Creek

Out of bed, onto the water. The dark-looking Snake River takes our boats into its main current and leads us into a labyrinth of tributaries. With studied intuition, Jette steers her boat into the part of the river that has the most water. On the outer edges of the curves the branches of the poplars and the black spruce trees almost touch the boat, but we can always turn away just in time. mehr erfahren …