Alaska Road Trip Day 9 – The Yukon

Post by blogger | May 25, 2010      

Keep your camera ready when you're driving through the Yukon, you just might see some wildlife, perhaps caribou, or a bear. Oh, and remember to sleep with your bear spray at hand.

We’re on the Cassiar Highway, driving through northern British Columbia. We just spent the night in a beautiful little private campground on the shores of huge Dease lake. No cell phones or real towns within a hundred miles or so, but amazingly the guy who runs this place had an internet system set up with wireless. Even so, (some of you might scoff at this) camping there felt nearly as “wilderness-ey” to me as a backpack camp in the Wind Rivers.

Bear Glacier

We took a side trip to Stewart, thinking we could perhaps get a ski day in around there, but the weather wasn't that great. Fun checking out Bear Glacier however. I'm thinking a return here is in order.

The scale of the landscape up here is astounding. I’d heard about it and thought I could perhaps picture the vastness in my mind, but no way. Everything is jumbo and actually feels somewhat surreal, like you’re viewing an Imax movie or something like that. You drive by lakes that go on for miles, rivers that appear equal to the Colorado, and mountain ranges rising all over the place.

Sunset in the Yukon wilderness.

Sunset in the Yukon wilderness.

We seem to finally be out of the rain zone we’ve been in for a week. Puffy clouds around here and there, but mostly bluebird. The road here is mostly paved, but somewhat rough; average speed 45 mph for a while. We’ve still got a couple of days to ski if we can find anything with one-day access in Alaska. Anyone up there know if we could still ski up on Turnagain Pass?

We’re a little road weary, but feeling like we’re on the home stretch to Anchorage. We’ll stay there a few days and do our last prep for the Kahiltna. Mainly, we have to divide the food up in some sort of logical fashion, and check that we have all our group gear. We’ll then pick Colby, Ty and Joe up at the airport and haul them up to Talkeetna.

I’ve been enjoying the crazy videos that Louie, Jordan and Caleb have been producing, and hope all you Wildsnowers out there get a laugh out of them as well. Interesting what happens when you’re isolated in the Yukon, isn’t it?

Lake sunset.

Jordan and I were checking out the sunset on the shore of Dease Lake, and he got this shot, around 11:00 PM.


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7 Responses to “Alaska Road Trip Day 9 – The Yukon”

  1. Thomas B May 25th, 2010 10:02 am

    Yes the snowpack at Turnagain pass is still deep, ski to the road.

  2. Nick May 25th, 2010 11:10 am

    Lou – really enjoying the updates (that I am not catching up on). That last picture is great. Just got back from 10 days up on the Kahiltna part of a crevasse rescue/glacier travel course. Climbed some smaller peaks (e.g., Mt. Francis). We lucked out with great weather. Hope you get the same for the summit bid.

    The landscape on the Kahiltna is mind-blowing.

  3. WEF May 25th, 2010 11:54 am

    Turnagain is still in great shape — as are the peaks just outside of Anchorage. Consider a jaunt up Ptarmigan Peak’s north couloir; it takes about 4-5 hours car to car and the parking lot is 20 minutes from downtown Anchorage.

  4. Michael May 25th, 2010 12:15 pm

    Just as important as skiing are sampling local brews. When in Anchorage, Midnight Sun makes some great beers, definitely recommended. Glacier Brewhouse is also popular and makes some good beers.

  5. martha May 25th, 2010 2:15 pm

    so cool and inspiring. enjoying your posts immensely in schenectady, new york, checking in while my 2-year-old naps away the hot afternoons.

  6. Brian May 25th, 2010 4:54 pm

    Also might consider Thompson Pass. drove through there last week and there is a lot of snow still down by the road. Worth the stop if you have time.

  7. Matt May 25th, 2010 8:00 pm

    Glad you enjoyed camping on Dease Lake. I was really hoping to run into you guys by chance at the grocer and wish you good luck. Have some questions about my Dynafit, Spirit 4 compatibility. Guess Scarpa will have to let me know. They just went into the mail today.

    You passed the best local skiing just north of Jade City in Cassiar. Could still ski to valley bottom but not for much longer.

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