Story last updated at 4:29 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2002

Gold quest unearths blisters
For the five members of a Canadian reality television show re-enacting the gold rush on the Chilkoot Trail, so far, rewards have been slim and blisters many.

The gold-seekers, who hail from areas around Canada, are tasked with hauling 3,000 pounds of goods through the famous pass, building a boat, and rafting down the 500 miles of Yukon River to reach Dawson City in the Yukon Territory.

The "Quest for Gold" show hoping to capitalize on the five gold-seekers' adventures is produced as a historical re-enactment, however, and, as such, does not allow Gortex or Vibran soles to be part of the would-be stars' get-up. Instead, the hikers were given gum boots and hobnail boots, neither of which was reportedly comfortable. Both managed to inflict rather large blisters on their wearers.

Despite the foot problems, spirits were still high after the first week of what could be a two-to-three month-long adventure. The group hopes to be at the top of the pass by the first week of July, and would like to be in Dawson by the end of August.

"They're still laughing and joking and having a good time, though, because there's no point in complaining," said Andria Bellon of Whitehorse, the only woman on the adventure.

<> The Skagway News

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