Taking on the Arctic for Wilderness Foundation

Feb 5, 2024 | WFA News

The vast, frozen expanse of the Yukon awaits John Beel and David Abratt from Medivet UK. They’re not just seeking personal conquest in this 430-mile ultramarathon; they’re on a mission to raise awareness of the rapidly changing landscape, and crucial funds for Wilderness Foundation Africa and Wilderness Foundation UK. 

The Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra is known as the world’s coldest and toughest ultra race. 430 miles of snow, ice, temperatures as low as -40°C and relentless wilderness. Based in Yukon, north west Canada, the race route follows the trail of the Yukon Quest Dog Race. Where dog teams once slid and scrambled, now human power chases up the trail. This is a brutal non-stop race across one of Canada’s most remote regions.

For John and David, the challenge is fuelled by their passion for adventure, a deep respect for nature and about inspiring others to take action.

‘We are all aware ( or at least should be), that the world as we know it is changing. Species are becoming extinct at alarming rates, the ice caps are melting, and ecosystems damaged and threatened . We thought how best to raise some awareness than a challenge where  some of those changes are clear to see.’ says John Beel.

Through their fundraising page, you can directly support Wilderness Foundation Africa’s work on the ground. From protecting endangered species to combating poaching and supporting sustainable livelihoods, your contribution fuels our vital efforts.