National Geographic's Yukon Passage [VHS]

9786304476055: National Geographic's Yukon Passage [VHS]

Narrator Jimmy Stewart takes you on a wild adventure through the frozen reaches of Canada and Alaska. Journey back in time with four courageous young men who set out on a danger-filled trip inspired by the hardship and romance of the men and women lured by the Gold Rush of 1898. The four adventurers face the desolation and biting cold of the Arctic Circle and brave the roaring rapids of the Yukon River as they travel 1,800 miles on foot, skis, log raft and dogsled.

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Four men brave the elements in Northwest Canada and Alaska to make an 1,800-mile trek on foot, skis, and by log raft and dogsled to retrace the trail taken by 10,000 people through the Yukon Passage in 1898. Sounds exhilarating. While the trip is intriguing, you never feel like you get to know these four wanderers who've undertaken a journey that demands they perform such superhuman stunts as spend days in the forest chopping down 20 trees to build a raftlike sailboat. Amazingly, the inherent drama of the trip doesn't translate into the gripping footage usually associated with a National Geographic production. Often, it feels a little staged, like when a story is read aloud for the cameras or the guys interview a modern pioneer. An entertaining history lesson about the Yukon gold rush is woven in, though, made all the more listenable by the golden narration of Jimmy Stewart. --Valerie J. Nelson

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