The Snakepit or Bust!

Being a mostly true account of a gold
prospecting trip by canoe from Whitehorse
to Dawson City on the Yukon River in June 2002.



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The most recent page updates are indicated with a *2/15/02 NEW*.

TRIP STATUS as of May 23, 2002:

John and I have made plane reservations to meet in Whitehorse on June 5. On June 6 we will rent a canoe, and start paddling or prospecting on our way to Dawson City.

If the river/skeeters/bears/german tourists don't get us, we will arrive in Dawson (loaded down with gold nuggets, of course!) on the longest day of the year, June 21. That night we have been invited by a local gold prospector to the annual prospector's Midnight Sun party at the Snakepit bar. If we recover, we hope to spend a couple days at some diggings to see how real prospectors do it.

I have to get back to the lower 48 before the June 29th, but John may go on to Circle.

If you have any suggestions for this trip, please let know. Especially about folks to meet and places to go.

*5/21/02 NEW* May 21 - MISC: Email from Bill Maloney on trip preparation.

*5/21/02 NEW* May 21 - TRAVEL: Booked a flight on Air North to get from Dawson to Whitehorse at the end of the trip.

*5/21/02 NEW* May 3 - FOOD: Bought 20 man days of MREs for ~$100 and shipped them to the Four Seasons B&B in Whitehorse via USPS surface mail for ~$90. They arrived in about 2 weeks rather than the 4-6 weeks predicted by USPS.

*4/21/02 NEW* March 21 - BEARS: Email from Bill Maloney on bear canisters.

*4/8/02 NEW* March 8 - MISC: Email from Bill Maloney on trip preparation.

*2/7/02 NEW* February 7 - MISC: Email from Bill Maloney on trip preparation.

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SOME LINKS WE FOUND USEFUL:

YukonWeb Everything about the Yukon.
1998 Trip report: canoing from Whitehorse to Dawson
Up North canoe rental in Whitehorse - route maps and trip pictures.
Dawson and Yukon Pictures from 1981.
Gold Rush Towns pictures of Dawson City.
Four Seasons Bed and Breakfast in Whitehorse.
Alaska Direct Bus Line, goes Fairbanks - Whitehorse, S/W/F only.
Canadian Canoe Routes
Weather Underground average Whitehorse temperature by month.
Weather Underground weather in the Yukon.
Out There Yukon travel information.
Yukon community profiles (Whitehorse, Carmacks, Dawson City, etc.)
Yukon Government Yukon road map online.
GORP The Klondike Trail.
Alaska Miners gold miners site.
BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines
BC Mining legal issues.
BC Mining exploring the Yukon.
Yukon Mining Recorder
Blue Kennels guided Whitehorse-Dawson canoe trip
Escape North guided Whitehorse-Dawson canoe trip
eBay what auctions are listed today for Yukon River items?
eBay what auctions are listed today for Yukon Gold items?
alt.mining.recreational newsgroup on recreational gold prospecting (WARNING: may contain porno/spam).
alt.culture.alaska newsgroup on Alaska/Yukon (WARNING: may contain porno/spam).
Hotboards Alaska gold prospecting forum.

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SOME BOOKS, MAGAZINES AND BOOK SOURCES WE FOUND USEFUL:

Exploring the Yukon River by Archie Satterfield.
Rivers of the Yukon Territory by Mike Rourke.
YukonBooks.com New & Collectible Northern Books.
ICMJ The Premier Magazine for Miners and Prospectors.
Search enginz all about second hand book search, including book coupons.
BookFinder.Com search for used books.
BestBookBuys search for best deals on new books.
eBay what auctions are listed today for Yukon Map items?
eBay what auctions are listed today for Yukon Book items?

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