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Confessions of a Yukon Greenhorn
Essay by Liz Hardwick, NOLS Instructor
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
I came to the Yukon for a NOLS course because I wanted to experience bigger things. I found lots of big adventure in the Yukon — no trails to hike on, no signs, and no established camps. In the Yukon, we hiked for 24 days without seeing anyone — there wasn’t anyone else to see. Quite possibly, we were walking in places where no other person had ever walked before.
© Chris Hatton
 
Coming to Whitehorse, where NOLS Yukon is located, was itself an experience. Growing up Canadian and in a canoe, I’d always had dreams about the north. When I got off the plane and saw beat-up canoes on the top of every other vehicle, I had the profound sense that I was coming home.
© Rich Brame
 
One day we hiked on a ridge line, in the rain and sleet, getting funny looks from the Dall sheep who we saw around every outcrop. We got lost and cold and miserable and finally found our way to the right spot, gleefully sliding down the scree to our camp. There was some discussion as to whether this was called “screeing.” Is ‘to scree’ actually a verb?
© Chris Hatton
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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