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This years Ice road trip from Fort McMurray to Yellowknife NWT will take place from Wednesday Jan 8

and return evening of the Monday Jan 13th 2014. Convoy leaves the North side of Fort Mac at 9 AM sharp. No straglers and no late comers as we have some serious miles to cover each day and won’t be waiting for you. Show up fueled, watered and fed as there are no services for the entire first day


Day 1 (Wednesday) will see us to Fort Smith NWT. Trail side lunch, I will have firewood, you bring your own smokies/pizza/samichez etc. Ft Smith has one restaurant and one gas station. Diesel available at the cardlock

Day 2 (Thursday) travel to Yellowknife. Another trailside lunch mid day, You supply your own groceries

Day 3 (Friday) possible tour of Buffalo airways (pending availability) general touristy stuff. Dinner at the greatest restaurant in the world “Bullocks Bistro” specialize in Arctic Char, Musk ox and other regional dishes

Day 4 Saturday. More touristy stuff in Yellowknife. Looking into a short jaunt up the ice roads the truckers use on the TV show on Discovery network. Depending on enthusiasm of attendees, probably hit Bullocks for supper again. Currently trying to arrange a bonfire on the lake with locals, and other 4WD enthusiasts that live in Yellowknife

Day 5 (Sunday) Travel back to Fort Smith, trail lunch again, (bring your doggy bag from Bullocks!)

Day 6 (Monday) Travel the remainder of the way back to Fort MacMurray

Your requirements….
A Toyota 4WD vehicle in GOOD repair. There are few services along the way, parts stores are rare and extremely expensive. Don’t bring a vehicle with known problems. The extreme weather will find any weak links and halt any forward progress real quick. Synthetic fluids, block heater, healthy battery, significant tread on your tires, and no fluid or oil leaks are favourable. It has been my experience that air and oil leaks get worse when exposed to some extreme cold

Additional lighting is an extremely good idea and borderline mandantory. I had a very close call last year narrowly missing a Buffalo. My auxillary lighting is what saved my life (and my passengers life) without a doubt. Besides, with only 5 or so hours of daylight, you will love having extra lighting

One Gerry can of fuel for most vehicles has proven sufficient in the past. (diesels included) If your vehicle is particularily hard on fuel, and you have the room, bring 2

The usual supply of personal tools, spare parts, booster cables, Weener sticks, spare tire (full size) extra fluids oil, coolant etc

Warm clothes. No exceptions. I will personally guarantee the temperatures will be in the -40C area with out a doubt. Don’t try to dress fashionable, you will get laughed at. Dress warm, like everyone else in Yellowknife

Camera. Soooooo much cool stuff to see on this trip from spectacular bridges, to Monuments, unique wildlife, Northern lights, stuck or flipped over trucks etc

recommend 2 drivers per vehicle. You will spend A LOT of time behind the wheel and its nice to have someone help keep you awake or take over for a bit, even if its only half an hour

Bring a great attitude and a friendly disposition. You will be travelling with the same 8 or 10 people for a week. Lets all get along

All hotel rooms have been booked already and based on double occupancy. This is a very couples friendly trip, and is not like a typical 4 wheeling off road adventure. Your wife/girlfriend/life partner will enjoy this better than wheeling. Its more like a really slow, long road trip on a s***ty road with some nice stretches. Not sure kids would b a good idea since we will spend as much as 10 hrs a day on the road

I have reserved a set of 2 way radios, one for each vehicle on a private channel licensed to the NWT

Due to the nature of the trip, the high miles required to cover each day, and the limited hotel rooms available in certain places we will have to limit this trip to the first 5 vehicles that sign up. I will require a deposit of $150.00 to save your hotel rooms and pay for your radio rental. This way I know you are serious and wont flake out on the trip

Costs involved are as follows and subject to change without notice and are in no way a guarantee….
Ft smith Hotel $170 each night (x2 once on the way there, and once on the way back)
Yellowknife Hotel $354 for 3 consecutive nights
Each travel day will use approx one tank of fuel (plus a bit) x4… Gas prices are significantly higher in remote northern communities
Groceries and restaurants are a little more expensive than what you are used to down south, but its reasonable
Same goes for alcohol and of course, depends how much you drink

This is a Toyota only event due to reliability issues of other brands and also because there will be an article submitted to a Toyota-only magazine and they dislike pictures with Jeeps, chevys and dodges, but mostly they hate jeeps! This is not a commercialy guided tour of the north. I’m just a dude that has done it before a few times and knows the way and I’m letting you follow me. I’m not cooking your food, I’m not doing your laundry, I’m not cleaning up your mess and I’m not fixing your junk (but I will help when I can)

if you have any questions you can post them up here, I will check back in regularly, or e-mail me direct for privacy at sucker4pigtails@gmail.com

hope to see a good turn out.. Bryan
 
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I wont be going.

As discussed at last meeting this will not be a Tarsand Toyota club run as majority of members have other commitments and the vehicles they would choose to drive to not meet above requirments.
 
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This years Ice road trip from Fort McMurray to Yellowknife NWT will take place from Wednesday Jan 8 and return evening of the Monday Jan 13th 2014. Convoy leaves the North side of Fort Mac at 9 AM sharp. No straglers and no late comers as we have some serious miles to cover each day and won’t be waiting for you. Show up fueled, watered and fed as there are no services for the entire first day Day 1 (Wednesday) will see us to Fort Smith NWT. Trail side lunch, I will have firewood, you bring your own smokies/pizza/samichez etc. Ft Smith has one restaurant and one gas station. Diesel available at the cardlock Day 2 (Thursday) travel to Yellowknife. Another trailside lunch mid day, You supply your own groceries Day 3 (Friday) possible tour of Buffalo airways (pending availability) general touristy stuff. Dinner at the greatest restaurant in the world “Bullocks Bistro” specialize in Arctic Char, Musk ox and other regional dishes Day 4 Saturday. More touristy stuff in Yellowknife. Looking into a short jaunt up the ice roads the truckers use on the TV show on Discovery network. Depending on enthusiasm of attendees, probably hit Bullocks for supper again. Currently trying to arrange a bonfire on the lake with locals, and other 4WD enthusiasts that live in Yellowknife Day 5 (Sunday) Travel back to Fort Smith, trail lunch again, (bring your doggy bag from Bullocks!) Day 6 (Monday) Travel the remainder of the way back to Fort MacMurray Your requirements…. A Toyota 4WD vehicle in GOOD repair. There are few services along the way, parts stores are rare and extremely expensive. Don’t bring a vehicle with known problems. The extreme weather will find any weak links and halt any forward progress real quick. Synthetic fluids, block heater, healthy battery, significant tread on your tires, and no fluid or oil leaks are favourable. It has been my experience that air and oil leaks get worse when exposed to some extreme cold Additional lighting is an extremely good idea and borderline mandantory. I had a very close call last year narrowly missing a Buffalo. My auxillary lighting is what saved my life (and my passengers life) without a doubt. Besides, with only 5 or so hours of daylight, you will love having extra lighting One Gerry can of fuel for most vehicles has proven sufficient in the past. (diesels included) If your vehicle is particularily hard on fuel, and you have the room, bring 2 The usual supply of personal tools, spare parts, booster cables, Weener sticks, spare tire (full size) extra fluids oil, coolant etc Warm clothes. No exceptions. I will personally guarantee the temperatures will be in the -40C area with out a doubt. Don’t try to dress fashionable, you will get laughed at. Dress warm, like everyone else in Yellowknife Camera. Soooooo much cool stuff to see on this trip from spectacular bridges, to Monuments, unique wildlife, Northern lights, stuck or flipped over trucks etc recommend 2 drivers per vehicle. You will spend A LOT of time behind the wheel and its nice to have someone help keep you awake or take over for a bit, even if its only half an hour Bring a great attitude and a friendly disposition. You will be travelling with the same 8 or 10 people for a week. Lets all get along All hotel rooms have been booked already and based on double occupancy. This is a very couples friendly trip, and is not like a typical 4 wheeling off road adventure. Your wife/girlfriend/life partner will enjoy this better than wheeling. Its more like a really slow, long road trip on a s***ty road with some nice stretches. Not sure kids would b a good idea since we will spend as much as 10 hrs a day on the road I have reserved a set of 2 way radios, one for each vehicle on a private channel licensed to the NWT Due to the nature of the trip, the high miles required to cover each day, and the limited hotel rooms available in certain places we will have to limit this trip to the first 5 vehicles that sign up. I will require a deposit of $150.00 to save your hotel rooms and pay for your radio rental. This way I know you are serious and wont flake out on the trip Costs involved are as follows and subject to change without notice and are in no way a guarantee…. Ft smith Hotel $170 each night (x2 once on the way there, and once on the way back) Yellowknife Hotel $354 for 3 consecutive nights Each travel day will use approx one tank of fuel (plus a bit) x4… Gas prices are significantly higher in remote northern communities Groceries and restaurants are a little more expensive than what you are used to down south, but its reasonable Same goes for alcohol and of course, depends how much you drink This is a Toyota only event due to reliability issues of other brands and also because there will be an article submitted to a Toyota-only magazine and they dislike pictures with Jeeps, chevys and dodges, but mostly they hate jeeps! This is not a commercialy guided tour of the north. I’m just a dude that has done it before a few times and knows the way and I’m letting you follow me. I’m not cooking your food, I’m not doing your laundry, I’m not cleaning up your mess and I’m not fixing your junk (but I will help when I can) if you have any questions you can post them up here, I will check back in regularly, or e-mail me direct for privacy at sucker4pigtails@gmail.com hope to see a good turn out.. Bryan

Glad to see you're organizing this again. This run will always be fondly remembered. Many ridiculous memories from 2011. Would love to do it again sometime. Until then there are just too many different corners of the world that need to be explored.
 
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Ratpuke... you are one of the original "Ice Road All Stars"
one of the best trips into the unknown I've ever been a part of
:cheers:
 

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