Yukon 2020 Insertion is Close!!! + STOP PRESS
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What was not so many weeks ago a solid riverscape is now a fast flowing power house!
Above is the Yukon River as captured by Ben Steffes-Lai, before the thaw set in.
Below is a capture from the live stream at Dawson City, 500km or so down river from where Art Huseonica will soon be starting his attempt to canoe the 2020 mile length of the Yukon! It sure is a big River for a canoe.
Packed and ready to go, Art will spend two days in Whitehorse Yukon, outfitting, prepping and christening the canoe. The canoe will be named Coquette a tribute to Robert William Service, who became known as the Bard of the Yukon during gold rush times. Robert travelled the Yukon in his canoe Coquette. Here's a small glimpse of his work from The Spell of the Yukon:
There's gold, and it's haunting and haunting;
It's luring me on as of old;
Yet it isn't the gold that I'm wanting
So much as just finding the gold.
It's the great, big, broad land 'way up yonder,
It's the forests where silence has lease;
It's the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
It's the stillness that fills me with peace.
According to Art, "The lake ice that feeds the Yukon River is still melting and breaking up. There's enough open leads on Bennett Lake for my insertion in the coming week. The start of the adventure will be captured by a film crew. After they leave the serious paddling will start... along with some avoidance of small icebergs. I pick up my first indigenous paddler a few days later."
Anxiety levels of family and friends of Art will be at high pitch as this dogged adventurer transfers from solid land to the unknown waters of Bennett Lake and the Yukon River. ArmaSkin is anxiously awaiting those first pictures from the River when the grand planning and training so quickly switches to micro managing every lurch and eddy, while keeping an eye out for stray ice.
We will keep an eye out for any posts that Art is able to make and will bring them to you over the coming 60 days via our Instagram, Twitter or ArmaSkin News and magazine networks.
You can follow Art's preparation and adventure via his Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/kartshuseonica/ This is not to be missed! It will be one extreme challenge for this seventy year old against the elements!
Latest pic from Bennett Lake. Wow mirror flat but still lots of ice.
Lena and friends on the Camino!
Lena and her two girlfriends, Jume (left) and Sonsoles (right) have completed their Camino adventure. In total they walked 465 km. At their final destination, Finisterre "the end of the world!", Lena dropped her sins and burdens as tradition has it. By carrying a stone from her home to the Atlantic.
Their Camino walk included the 321 km Camino Primitivo, which takes about two weeks to complete. The trail starts at the cathedral of Oviedo and finishes at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. It’s considered to be the toughest out of all Camino de Santiago routes due to many steep ascents and descents. The route passes through two Spanish provinces – Asturias and Galicia and offers a great in-nature experience combined with good infrastructure. According to the statistics for 2019 only 4% (about 16 000 people a year) of all the pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago choose the Primitive Way.
And Lena was only too pleased to share a post walk picture of her Happy feet thanks to ArmaSkin liner socks.
Catracho on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail)
Erick, an ArmaSkin Ambassador, has now covered 600 miles of the challenging PCT. And the latest report is: "No blisters so far".
From a recent post Erick touched on the friendly spirit that is provided by the Trail angels and businesses along the way.
"A walk to remember. Heading into hiker town. Fun fact last year I worked as an Iron worker on a solar panel project out in the Mojave. I would stay in hiker town during the work week and got to mingle with the 2021 class. I got to know Marta and Richard a bit. I told them next year I'd be back as a hiker. Guess they didn't believe me. It felt like coming back home to visit old friends."
Erick has been posting regular videos on Youtube. Follow along for the hike and maybe test your appetite for tackling the PCT. Dogfoot Trailing Youtube Channel
When It Rains At Wollomombi
Laura, one of our favourite photographers was at it again, capturing these epic pictures of Wollomombi Falls in NSW.
The Newsletter lead pic gives a taste of the power of this waterfall and the epic rockscape at the base of the Falls is a sight to be seen!
Bloody Long Walk: Walking 35km to cure mito.
Across Australia, from May till November there is a series of 35km Bloody Long Walks. The purpose of these events is to raise research funds for Mitochondrial Syndrome, a disorder that occurs when structures that produce energy for a cell malfunction.
A common factor among mitochondrial diseases is that the mitochondria are unable to completely burn food and oxygen to generate energy, which is essential for normal cell function. It's often inherited. Symptoms might include poor growth, developmental delays and muscle weakness. There's currently no cure, but physiotherapy and medication can manage symptoms.
ArmaSkin is helping Team Synergy on their walk and fund raising journey. If you'd like to get behind Frances, pictured right below with teammate Koren, here's a link : Team Synergy
And perhaps you would like more info on events in your state? Here's a link to that info: Australian Mito Events
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