Most Canadians go to warmer climes in the middle of January, the most un-friendly weather month in Canada. What do we do? We go north to the Yukon. In January, we depart Calgary for what many say is the world’s toughest winter adventure race, the Fulda Challenge. It's a 1,000-mile journey from Whitehorse, Yukon, to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, an icy village above the Arctic Circle.
The event lasts 10 days. We will sleep in tents or igloos while temperatures plummet to -40 at night and pack a series of 10 race events into the 1,000-mile driving trek across the Arctic Circle. The races consist of snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice climbing, rapelling, a blind-folded helicopter drop, ice driving, kite-boarding and quincee building. My wife and I will compete as a team against hard-core athletes from Europe, attempting to navigate our way along the route with no safety or support, wild animals lurking in every corner, and near total darkness.