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YAU vs. climbing Everest and other press and blogs

Yukon Arctic Ultra gets attention in press and blogs. Usually it comes from the participants and is sometimes triggered by outstanding accidents taking place there.
I put here some of my internet findings to let you go through and make yourself familiar with the race. And saying that I question it at the same time, because, and you will read about it, YAU is hardly a race, it is something people call the adventure, the dream, the...
Well, find for yourself.

Press, blogs, otherYukon Arctic Ultra vs. climbing Everest - interesting comparison coming from the one man who has done both

Outside Magazine about YAU after the 2018 edition, which was extremely cold and unfortunately witnessed far the worst personal health outcome.

ReportsYAU Race Report by Jessie Thomson-Gladish, 430 miles finisher in 2017

YAU Race Report by Steve David Hayes, 300 miles winner in 2017

Interview on about YAU, in Polish

If you are Polish reader please jump to Festiwal Biegowy website, where interview with me was published.
I am going to be in touch with the publisher, so updates regarding my preparation and participation in YAU will come frequently there.
Thansk Festiwal Biegowy for your interest in this challenge!

Amazing online course for safety and rescue in cold enviroment - Baby, it's cold outside

If you are considering any sort of winter exploring, or occasionally hike in the winter condition I do recommend to take a FREE OF CHARGE course Baby, it's cold outside.
It is extremely informative, well structured and practical.
Deals with some myths regarding cold weather problems (e.g. immersing and drowning in cold water is not a consequence of hypothermia, but rather effect of "cold shock response", or fall of your muscles performance due to cold impact). But first of all provides understanding of our body and mind reaction toward low temperature and protocols to handle unexpected winter outdoor situation.

Yukon Arctic Ultra 2020 - let the dream comes true soon

My participation in Yukon Arctic Ultra 2020 encouraged me to start blogging about my sport and other challanges. At the moment full content is about YAU, so try it! And start from here...

Some basic information about YAU Yukon Arctic Ultra, or Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra as the full name says, is a winter ultra race which follows Yukon Quest trail - famous sled dog race.
The scene of YAU is Yukon - a territory in northwest Canada. It is huge area, bigger than Sweden, sparsely populated.
The event usually starts at the very end of January, in 2020 guys will start on 30th January.
YAU selfnames the world's coldest and toughest ultra. It may seem exagarated, but 3 important things should be considered:
- weather
- distance
- solitude/isolation

Weather in Jukon in the middle of the winter means low, very low, or extremely low temperature. -20 degrees Celsius is a daily norm. But this event remembers the editions of -40, and even -50 degrees. There are no words to describe such conditio…

Yukon Arctic Ultra 2020 strategy - how I plan to get to the finish line

Planning participation in Yukon Arctic Ultra calls for thoughtful thinking and consideration. I believe preparation for the event is highly rewarding:
it makes the event longer :-), meaning that you live with that not only being in Canada, but months before while planningit makes your odds for finishing much higher, assuming that your planning is proper and really gives you advantage at the starting line To make it easier for me I finally concluded that I should develop a strategy for this event, or even 3 strategies relevant for 3 parts of this challange. These are the parts to be considered:
geartrainingracing Gear strategy Winter exploring is always about gear. The humans are too vulnerable to survive in the severe condition and racing makes it only harder. So proper list of the equipment is mandatory. My strategy for this issue is
Nicely said, but what it means in particular? Saying NECESSARY I mean 
not to compromise on my safe…