Conquering the Chilkoot

By Patrick Tyrrell '73

The infinite wilderness of Alaska and the colorful gold rush tales of James Michener, Jack London and Robert Service had long captivated my wife, Maiya, and me. We finally decided the best way to experience Alaska up close would be to accept the daunting challenge of hiking the historic Chilkoot trail, the mountain pass that links Alaska with Canada’s Yukon interior.…

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