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March 2016

In our Great Northern Sports Issue, we go back more than 100 years to find whalers on a remote Beaufort Sea outpost playing a unique version of baseball, dive into ice-cold Yukon River water, and break a sweat with our definitive Northern workout guide. Also: we look back on the hockey teams of Yellowknife’s gold mines of yore, break down the rules of Inuit baseball, and dissect the science of Northern sports. Also included: an interview with Darryl Tait, the Yukoner who continues to impress the world with his stunts—despite being paralyzed from the chest down.   

In This Issue

The high kick target. Photo by Hannah Eden/Up Here

Inuit Games

The science behind Arctic sports

By Samia Madwar
Mar 22
2016
The aurora shimmer over Pangnirtung, Nunavut in winter. www.michaelhdavies.com

Spectator Sport

Some say the shimmering Northern Lights dance through the sky. The Inuit say they play ball.

By Tim Edwards
Mar 15
2016
Dana Britton, personal trainer at Turning Point Fitness, Yellowknife. Photos by Hannah Eden/Up Here

The Snowmobile Stretch

Good for: Relieving your back and arms after zipping around on your snowmobile and waving at passersby.

By Samia Madwar
Mar 14
2016
Jamie Stringer, Yellowknife firefighter. Photos by Hannah Eden/Up Here

The Woodchopper

Good for: Core and arms, and for feeding the fire.

By Samia Madwar
Mar 14
2016
Dana Britton, personal trainer at Turning Point Fitness, Yellowknife. Photo by Hannah Eden/Up Here

Get Your Burn On In The Cold

Six workouts to get you through a Northern winter.

By Samia Madwar
Mar 14
2016
A little bit of the North, inscribed on the cup. Photo: Hockey Hall of Fame

The North's Biggest Underdogs

What would you do for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup?

By Herb Mathisen
Mar 11
2016
Devin Madsen, Yellowknife Racquet Club fitness instructor. Photos by Hannah Eden/Up Here

The Wood Pellet Squat Thrust

Good for: Legs (glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps) and lugging around 40-lb bags of wood pellets.

By Samia Madwar
Mar 11
2016
Kam Hogan, Yellowknife Racquet Club fitness instructor. Photos by Hannah Eden/Up Here

The Snow Block Carver

A whole body workout. Also helps when you're building an igloo or giant snow castle.

By Samia Madwar
Mar 11
2016
Diana Curtis, Yellowknife Racquet Club fitness instructor. Photos by Hannah Eden/Up Here

The Fishnet Haul

Good for: Glutes, quads, abs, arms, and scooping huge cold-water fish into your boat.

By Samia Madwar
Mar 11
2016
Melissa Chung, Yellowknife Racquet Club fitness and yoga instructor. Photos by Hannah Eden/Up Here

The Après-Couch

Sometimes it’s just too cold to go outside. Here’s how to stretch out that back and bum after a five-hour Netflix binge.

By Samia Madwar
Mar 11
2016