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Tackling the bitterly cold and ultra-challenging Alcan 5000 Winter Rally

Most sourdoughs agree that Robert Service captured the Klondike’s gritty magic, despite missing the Gold Rush by 10 years. Between 1904 and 1912, Service worked as a bank teller in Whitehorse and Dawson City and dashed off Rudyard Kipling poems like The Call of the Wild and The Shooting of Dan McGrew. He immortalized himself and the Last Frontier, then went to Paris in 1913 and never returned. Read the full article on

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Had never heard of this rally before! Now I'm fully determined to be on it in 2024. Also have my mind set on doing it in a pre-1980 vehicle. A few years ago I drove a 70s Beetle from Portland, OR, to Traverse City, MI, in the middle of winter. Coming through eastern Oregon, Idaho and Montana it was about -18 Fahrenheit and our Beetle had no heat. Fortunately, my brother and I were (mostly) well-prepared with down jackets, sleeping bags, tool kit, plenty of snacks/water just in case we broke down in the middle of nowhere with no cell service. It was an awesome adventure in hindsight. I don't mind being cold so this rally is right up my alley in terms of risk, danger, and potential for awesome stories and photos.

You can check out a bit of my road trip story here:


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