UK Man Gives Frostbitten Toe to Yukon Bar
A prior British commando has made a very superior donation to a remote Canadian hotel – his severed toe.
Nick Griffiths had his big toe posted to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City after he lost it to frostbite challenging in an extreme winter marathon in 2018.
The ex-Royal Marine assured to give it in the hope of returning to the Yukon to do the Sourtoe Cocktail with his very own keepsake.
The cocktail’s famed element is another shriveled human toe.
For over four years, tourists and inhabitants have been able to command an alcoholic cocktail of their choice served with a dried human toe floating inside.
It’s usually served with Yukon Gold whiskey, and must touch the drinkers’ lips in order to earn a certificate from the bar.
Over 86,000 Sourtoe Cocktails have been served since 1973, when Yukon riverboat head Dick Stevenson exposed a conserved toe in an uncontrolled cabin.
“We couldn’t be better-off to receive a new toe,” said Downtown Hotel general manager Adam Gerle in a statement.
“There are very hard to come by these days and this generous ‘toe-nation’ will help confirm the ritual carry on.”
Mr. Griffiths was challenging in the 2018 Yukon Arctic Ultra – a multiday wintertime marathon where members can compete in 100, 300 and 430 mile races – but dropped out after developing severe frostbite on his left foot during the gruelling event.
He later gives back to the UK to recover in hospital.
Mr. Griffiths’ big toe was kept in medical grade alcohol following its amputation and “Toe Master” Terry Lee will take some six weeks to mummify the toe on rock salt before it can be added to the drink.
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The hotel has made public petitions before asking for people to donate amputated toes, but Mr. Griffiths’ gift is “the first one that is useable”.
Toes have been accepted and stolen in the past.
The hotel says it will salary for Mr. Griffiths to come to the Yukon and try a Sourtoe cocktail with his own toe later this summer.