There were six of us: Katie Hayhurst, Dennis and Birch Kuch, Vivien Bowers, Nancy and Peter Macek.
The genesis of this trip was that Viv wanted to do research for an upcoming book. We met her in Dawson on our way back from the Horton, teamed up with old friends from Whitehorse and were on our way...
Photographs are by Peter, unless otherwise noted. Click on photo to enlarge
|We started at Skagway (actually Dyea in the next inlet) and went in easy stages - many people do the hike in three days; we took five.||The trail hasn't been fixed up in most places, but we certainly appreciated not having to wade the swamps.|
|Up to tree line, the going was generally very pleasant, with a lot of things to see along the way.|
|On the third day, the clouds came well down and we hiked in a heavy mist. The visibility was almost non-existent, but there were lots of artifacts and it was easier to imagine the ghosts of the prospectors hiking with us.|
|As soon as we crossed the pass, the weather improved and we were soon below the clouds and able to enjoy the alpine scenery.|
|Our first night in Canada was at "Happy Camp". It felt as if the work was done and the rest was pure alpine enjoyment. Vivien jotted down notes for her book every chance she got.|
|Lindeman City lasted just long enough for a few of the stampeders to die...|
|Next night was at Bare Loon Lake, where Birch gave a clarinet recital and we had a rainbow.||
|Trip end was at Bennett, where we caught the train back to Skagway|
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