Place in the World

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  Jennifer, Bronze & Silver Achiever, and Gold Participant speaks to about hiking the Chilkoot Trail.

 

 During her Silver Award Ceremony speech, Jennifer reminisced, "I discovered new strength by summiting the Chilkoot trail where I witnessed the beautiful expanse of the Canadian wilderness.  This challenge took me on an old fashion train ride to a remote trail head. I wound through green forests chasing mountain streams. I popped out of the trees, where I climbed to the summit to be greeted by sunshine, blue skies and glacial lakes. This hike put my endurance to the test. As I was climbing The Scales to make a final push to the summit I thought about the people who hiked this trail during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897, determined to make a fortune. They would have gone over the Chilkoot pass multiple times with boxes strapped to their backs to carry the supplies they would need for a year in the Canadian north. The pure thought these pioneers hiking with those boxes made me very thankful for my custom fit MEC backpack, which I have to carry my supplies."

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This journey was definitely a memorable one, full of ups and downs, and facing challenges together as a team. As the end of the day, the Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey is one of the few things you will remember for a lifetime.

Ashley​
Bronze, Silver & Gold Achiever

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On my Journey, I went caving in Strathcona Provincial Park. I crawled into spaces the sun has never touched, saw crystals and ancient minerals hidden deep beneath the Earth, and sat in pitch-black caverns where it felt like minutes passed in seconds. My Journey allowed me to experience things I never would in my everyday life.

Marcel
Bronze & Silver Achiever, Gold Participant

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Gold Participant, Brianna, talks about her Adventurous Journey experience, and the important lessons learnt.

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In the silence, we could hear the peaceful rhythm of the water and the trees in the air. It was as if the whole ecosystem was moving together in a slow melody. … I was so grateful for the natural beauty of the flora and fauna.

Nahira
Bronze Achiever & Silver Participant

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For four days, we hiked in the rain, through the forest and up mountains, exploring the trails once walked by the Hudson Bay fur traders. Though hiking with a 60lb pack was challenging, it was amazing to see how close we had all gotten and how we could all rely on each other for support.

Noah
Bronze, Silver & Gold Achiever

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 “I loved paddling right beside the rocks to gaze at the starfish and anemones! Each day, we explored new islands and discovered the significance they have to BC’s history.

Eliza
Bronze, Silver & Gold Achiever

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It was truly an eye-opening and amazing experience to be fully immersed in nature. There were moments where I questioned my decision, but looking back now, going on the Journey was one of the best decisions of my life.

Steven
Bronze Achiever & Silver Participant

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Watch Jaden's Silver Adventurous Journey report below and see more of his photos here.

 

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 “Even though there were constant varieties of difficult challenges like fear of heights, unexpected minor injuries, we still kept our heads up and supported each other.  There were moments that I wanted to give up, but with the teamwork and dedication, I continued to hike with a positive attitude.

Jack
Bronze Achieve & Silver Participant

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