February 05, 2013
Check out the local avalanche links before you head out on your backcountry adventure! On Jan 18th, Klondike Gold Rush NHP hosted the 2013 NAOI Avalanche Awareness Training seminar. Thanks to all instructors and participants! If you were unable to attend, you can access local avalanche forecasts, bulletins and basic online courses through: Canadian Avalanche Centre: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac. Haines Avalanche Information Center: http://alaskasnow.org/haines/links.html Yukon Avalanche Association: http://www.yukonavalanche.ca/index.php/conditions The latest Yukon reports are posted at: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletins/latest/yukon and on the regional discussion forum for White Pass: http://avalanche.ca/Forums/forums/t/5662.aspx If you're headed out for a winter hike on the Chilkoot Trail, make sure you have all your appropriate avalanche gear and you have the knowledge to identify avalanche terrain and use your gear. The trail passes through many avalanche zones (both in winter and summer). Stop by the visitor center in Skagway for more information.
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The White Pass Trail of Klondike Gold Rush NHP earned infamy as the "Dead Horse Trail." Over 3,000 horses died there as inexperienced gold seekers struggled to reach the Klondike. "The horses died like mosquitoes in the first frost, and from Skagway to Bennett they rotted in heaps." -Jack London