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Canadian Rangers break in Yukon Quest trail

For the 30th year, the Canadian Rangers are breaking the Yukon Quest trail.

WHITEHORSE - The race starts next Saturday in Fairbanks, and earlier this week the Rangers started their work blazing the trail from the U-S border to Whitehorse.

Commanding Officer Major Craig Volstad says 120 rangers are on the trail.

"The guys go out, and mark the trail and while they're marking the trail to make sure it's safe for the mushers, and clearing the route. Every year there's all kinds of trees that are falling and another case the river will be open or they'll be a lot of excess debris, whether it's on the river or the trail and they'll clear it off for the mushers." said Volstad

He adds that the trail clearing is part of a bigger overall exercise involving 11 Yukon communities, who will meet west of Pelly Crossing for three days of Ranger activities.

Volstad suggests  the trail is in good condition, however, between Braeburn and Whitehorse there's some rocks and dirt, but it is passable.


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