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Jul 21, 2009 -

Pleasant Camp to Sheep Camp

Tuesday afternoon brought us to the Chilkoot’s base camp, Sheep Camp. From here, it can take ten to twelve hours to get to the next camp after climbing the pass, the most grueling day of the trek. It’s that long day which makes the Chilkoot trail such a challenge.

Sheep Camp is built on a hill with platforms for tents. The outhouses are quite a climb up a rocky path, the kind you don’t want to stumble around on in the middle of the night! Our guides were very attentive to the needs of their lady guests and quickly pointed out the path to the river so we could get cleaned up. 🙂 Dinner was chili and mashed potatoes, then a ranger came to brief us on the day ahead.

Again, more about this section of the trail can be found in my ebook about the Chilkoot.

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Jul 21, 2009 -

Canyon City to Pleasant Camp

Our second morning of hiking took us through the gold rushers’ least favourite section of the trail as it requires you to hike up and down through several gullies which were apparently quite muddy at the time. The day starts off rudely with a steep section of trail and doesn’t let up until Pleasant Camp, thus named because it is located at the first pleasant stretch of trail since Canyon City. We had lunch right on the beach.

More about this section of the trail can be found in my ebook about the Chilkoot Trail. 🙂

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Jul 21, 2009 -

Finnigan’s Point to Canyon City

The rest of the first day of hiking was quite easy and we reached Canyon City mid-afternoon, covering a total distance of about 12km (7.5mi). This was my favourite campground, with private sites along the Taiya River. Camp routine hadn’t set in yet, but was starting. After setting up our tents, we all stripped down to wash off the day’s grime while our guides boiled hot water for afternoon drinks.

We had a pleasant afternoon at Canyon City and after dinner we hiked a few more klicks (without our packs!) to the site of the gold rush era Canyon City to see a few artifacts. This involved crossing a suspension bridge, something that I can now do without any fear or hesitation whatsoever. How far I’ve come since last September!

More about this stretch of the trail and Canyon City can be found in my ebook about the Chilkoot. 🙂

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