Magazine article Geographical

Another Crack at the Whip

Magazine article Geographical

Another Crack at the Whip

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Wendy Smith, the 37-year-old British woman who in March became the first person to cross the North American continent by dog-team in a single winter, is now looking for funding for what could be the second leg of a round-the-world trip.

Smith, a former army officer, outdoors instructor and cancer patient needs about 20,000 [pounds sterling] for her proposed eight-week trek down the Yukon river.

"We're trying to get support to continue, maybe next winter, from Scagway -- where we finished the last trek -- to Nome, on the Bering Sea."

Smith, her four-person support crew, and 20 Alaskan huskies, crossed two US states and seven Canadian provinces on their 7,100-kilometre trans-North America journey, collecting money for various cancer charities along the way. "I knew the trip was possible," says Smith, who has been training huskies in Alaska for some years, although in this instance lack of snow and unseasonably warm temperatures meant the going was extremely difficult. She and her team left Searsport, Maine on 15 November 1997, travelling northwards to Quebec. From here they travelled west through northern Ontario, across Lake Superior and then northwest to Winnipeg. …

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