Yearly Archives: 2014

Chilkoot Trail Part I

I didn’t realize what had happened at first.  I didn’t even see the other hikers bear mace.  I couldn’t breathe.  It was like having asthma when I was a kid.  My lungs tightened, my throat burned.  Can I breath?  I turned and labored for air. I came into the Chilkoot Trail well aware of and…
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Made it to Skagway!

How good it is to be on the road again.  How good it is to have the salt of the sea in my hair and the names of Alaskan ports on my lips. I was so nervous about unexpectedly being alone on this trip that I forgot to be excited for this wild adventure.  It’s…
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Leaving in the Morning

100 pounds of gear!  Holy Moses. As an ultra light long distance hiker, I find this a bit mortifying.  I’ve always been very proud whenever I manage to have an especially light pack.  In fact, any “wow, your pack is so light” comments literally have the same effect on me as would a “you look…
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Go Simple. Go Solo. Go Now.

Plane ticket? Check. Train ticket? Check. Ferry ticket? Check. Just two weeks to go until I head out on the Yukon River Expedition.  I will be following the route of the early gold miners: taking a ferry from Bellingham, WA to Skagway, AK, hiking the Chilkoot Trail to the headwaters of the Yukon River and…
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