George Mercer Dawson

                    George Mercer Dawson

The club is named after George Mercer Dawson, a Canadian geologist, surveyor, author, teacher, civil servant, geographer, anthropologist, and palaeontologist renowned for creating the first maps of the Yukon used in the Klondike Gold rush.  A strong character and remarkable scientist, Dawson did not let his deformed back and stunted growth (from tuberculosis as a child) limit his physical capabilities in leading numerous expeditions across treacherous terrains, challenging even for the physically fit. Dawson City, YT, and Dawson Creek, BC, are named in his honour.