Spiders, Skivvies, and School Kids

  Today is the first day in over three months that we’ve seen rain in the Yukon. I woke up to the blessed sound of it pattering softly on the plywood and plastic of my hut, then closed my eyes, rolled over and, for the first time in many, many weeks, went back to sleep.…

Gimp Goes for a Hike

Or if you’re looking for a more badass name: Climbing “Thya-chul”. So I should probably start off by explaining this title. A few weeks ago the crew went to the Kluane Research Station, about 20 minutes down the road from Squirrel Camp, for our weekly game of rugby. As fate would have it, about 5…

Where the Robin Sings

As I write I am sitting in the sun in the front of my hut, soaking up the warmth and watching the lazy buzz of a few fat flies. It’s 11° C (50° F), the warmest day we’ve had yet, I think, but there’s a cool breeze on the air and in the distance I…

Glass Half Full

“I’m a glass half-full, mud half-dry kind of person.” –Naomi Louchouarn   It’s been two weeks since I’ve last written. In truth there hasn’t been much new to say or much Internet with which to say it. Life rolls on here as it ever does, a place where time has no meaning and hours roll…

Up Trees and Down Mountains

    It’s hard to believe we’ve now been here a month. Sickness and exhaustion have taken their toll and kept my writing to a sad minimum. Even my daily journal entries have taken a hit, with gaps of three to five days between entries and long full pages of rushed writing to fill in…

The Return to Squirrel Camp

It’s a strange feeling, disappearing from one side of the country and appearing on the other in a matter of hours, a very different experience from this time last year, making the 7-day drive across plains, mountains, and frozen lakes. In some ways I would give anything to be making that drive again. I’m not…

Biking to Alaska!

July 18, 2014 It has now been over four and a half months since I arrived in Squirrel Camp on the first of March. Sitting here at 10 am on a Friday morning listing to Jian Ghomeshi hosting Q on CBC radio it is hard to believe that when I first got here we would…