Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Yukon Summer

Yukon River near Whitehorse - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelWe were lucky to stay in an amazing place overlooking the Yukon River upriver from Whitehorse during Florian’s camp at the Yukon Hockey Academy.

Yukon River Swimming - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelOne of the highlights of our Yukon summer: Jumping off the dock into the Yukon River and cooling off during those hot summer days.

Andre & Florian - Yukon Hockey Academy July 2015Florian and his friend Andre Peirovi take a break during practice at the Canada Games Center in Whitehorse.

Andre and Florian Whitehorse Yukon Hiking - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelFlorian and Andre take a break from playing hockey and hike in the alpine tundra above Fish Lake near Whitehorse.

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Saturday, March 9th, 2013
Yukon River Aerial Perspective

As the Iditarod mushers are inching up the Yukon River towards Kaltag, I flew over this mighty river yesterday on my way to Nome. This aerial view shows just how massive this river is.

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Saturday, February 16th, 2013
Spirit Of The Yukon Quest

It’s virtually to capture the spirit of the Yukon Quest in one single  image. It’s even more difficult to capture it in a few words. The closest I have actually come to find is in a great song by  Ruthstrom and Robertson entitled ‘Yukon Quest’. The lyrics capture so much of what the Yukon Quest is all about. Listen to the song below:

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Aerial Perspectives Of The Yukon Quest

In this age of high speed travel, imagine traveling 1,000 miles by dog team across some of the most rugged and wild terrain in North America. I respect them all, like this musher driving his team across the sastrugi the Yukon River (above) and on the Yukon River near Slaven’s Roadhouse (below), even if they don’t cross the finish line.

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Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Photographing The Yukon Quest

As  the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is celebrating its 30th running, I searched my archives for some memorable moments during the years I covered the race as a photographer. This one from 2001, taken on the jumbled ice of the Yukon River between Eagle and Circle, is one that stands out. I was flying in a Supercub above the trail with volunteer Quest pilot Ron Dearborn of Fairbanks when we spotted a musher driving his team through the jumbled ice. Ron started circling closer and he found a narrow landing spot on the river to put down his plane. I hurried over to the trail and found these amazing chunks of ice that were stacked on top of each other. I had barely time to get my camera set up when the musher, Joran Freeman, drove his team past me. It was an incredible Quest photographer moment where subject, light and composition all came together.

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Thursday, January 31st, 2013
1998 Yukon Quest Champion Bruce Lee

One of my favorite moments as a photographer following the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race: Bruce Lee drives his team through jumbled ice on the Yukon River between Dawson City and Fortymile during the 1998 race. Trailbreakers had used chainsaws to cut a path through the ice in some of the roughest sections!  Bruce went on to win the race that year. After I took this picture, I broke the recoil on my snowmachine, but that’s a whole other story…

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Yukon River Summer Fun

One of the fondest memories I have of our recent trip down the Yukon River was to see the kids (there were six kids, 10 adults and one dog on the trip)  just enjoying the freedom of playing and entertaining themselves at our campsites, which were mostly located on little islands or gravel bars, surrounded by the fast-moving Yukon River.  Here, our son Florian, along with his playmates Logan Miller and Keanna Tarver, cool off as they race across a pool of water on an island, with the Yukon River in the background.

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Monday, September 10th, 2012
Yukon River Journey

This summer we paddled another section of the Yukon River, from Minto to Dawson City (a little over 200 miles) in Canada’s Yukon Territory. I will post a few more shots this week from this journey. One of the great things about traveling northern rivers such as the Yukon in the summer is the ability to paddle under the midnight sun, like here near the confluence of the Yukon and the Stewart River. We traveled according to ‘River time’, when time actually didn’t matter anymore as we just followed the rhythm and flow of the river.

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
Yukon River

The Yukon, meaning “Big River” in Athabaskan, is the 2nd longest river in North America (2,300 miles/3,700 km). It hosts the largest migrating Chinook, Chum, and Coho Pacific salmon stocks in the world and it’s the salmon that binds Yukon River people and communities together. This aerial view is looking upriver from Grayling towards Kaltag.

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Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
Yukon River Reflections

This summer marks the closing of a decade-long chapter of giving talks to tourists on climbing Mount McKinley at Denali Park. Freed from this commitment gives me more time to embark on new projects and also allows me to enjoy such a journey with friends and Florian, our first father-son trip. The energy on the river ranged from very quiet and peaceful (above) to the occasional ruckus (below). Overall, it was a privilege to be part of this float, and I want to thank all of my traveling companions for making it such a memorable trip.

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