They reached Skaguay in a snowstorm, went in dog-sledges over the Chilkoot Pass
, and shot the Yukon in flatboats.
The first white miners crossed Chilkoot Pass
the next spring, producing gold and rumor enough to eventually lead to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 and an attendant Tlingit cultural upheaval.
This is also the same route early gold miners traveled to reach the Klondike fields; it was called the "poor man's" trail--from Seattle to Skagway or Dyea by boat, then up and over the Chilkoot Pass
and beyond by pack animal and on foot--as opposed to the all-water route that took miners from Seattle to Nome and then up the Yukon River by boat.
The American portion of the trail climbs 16 miles to Chilkoot Pass
, where it crosses the Canadian border and descends into the Yukon.
These prospectors have been immortalized by pictures of their ascent of the Chilkoot Pass
in a seemingly endless single file and by books like The Call of the Wild.
My challenge is that dozens of the stampeders published memoirs about crawling up the brutally steep Chilkoot Pass
, and suffering through bitter winters on the creeks in lonely ice-lined tents and cabins.
In the third book, Crazy for Gold, the friends meet a girl named Isabel and travel with her family along the Chilkoot Pass
to Dawson City, as they search for gold during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898.
IN 1898 DROVES of young men headed over Chilkoot Pass
to wrest riches from frozen Alaskan dirt.
they have several dance halls and gambling resorts and they are full all night." (3) On 14 June, the party left for Dyea, trailhead of the Chilkoot Pass
, where they hired natives to pack their gear over to Lake Bennett at a cost of "...
Her journey will start at Seattle's Klondike Museum Library and she will sail to the original gold rush town of Skagway in Alaska before walking the 53km Chilkoot Pass
, with its 1,200ft-high Golden Staircase, into Canada.
Tales of such men are told in fascinating detail aboard the vintage White Pass and Yukon railway which follows the famous Chilkoot Pass
through the mountain forest over deep gorges, past sheer granite cliffs and waterfalls.