Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Canada's Wild West

Author’s Note: The opportunity to travel through the far corners of the Yukon, reporting for National Geographic, was one of my dreams come true. As it turned out, it would be one of the most rugged and most fun assignments I’ve ever experienced. Over three weeks I would explore high ridges with gold prospectors, paddle through impossibly beautiful Arctic valleys with conservationists, and hunt caribou with some of the last hunter-gatherers on the continent.

The Yukon, with its brawling, big-mountain physicality, is one of those places that tugs on adventurous imaginations. It’s also one of those places that tends to draw passionate people with passionate opinions. The debates that have overtaken Canada’s Far North are emblematic of the tension that runs through many of the world’s still-unspoiled places—between those who would keep it wild, and those whose success depends on digging it up.

I came back with mountains of material—enough notes and photographs to fortify four magazine stories (including this one) and enliven a dozen keynote talks. As for the debate over the future of North America’s last great wilderness, it is still far from settled.
Read more about Tom's trip to the Yukon, here.

Author, photojournalist and National Geographic speaker Tom Clynes travels the world covering the adventurous sides of science, the environment and education. His work appears in publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, Nature, Popular Science, and The Atlantic. As a keynote speaker, Tom inspires audiences and brings them along “on assignment” to fascinating locations around the globe. Whether your group or organization is in search of adventure speakers, environmental speakers or your own in-house “National Geographic speaker series,” Tom’s presentations will earn high praise. To contact Tom and find out more about his memorable and inspiring programs, email info[at] 

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