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, July 11th, 2015
Grizzly Bear Cubs Along The Alaska Highway

Alaska Grizzly Bear Close Encounter                               Eye to eye encounter with a grizzly bear cub during a recent drive along the Alaska Highway. Almost too close for comfort!

Grizzly Bear Cub Yearling - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel                                                                              One-year old grizzly cub feeds off vegetation along the Alaska Highway.

 Grizzly Bear Cub Kluane Yukon - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel                                                                 Two-year old grizzly bear cub sheds its winter coat in early summer along the Alaska Highway.

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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
Extreme Fire Danger Across Much of Alaska

 

Yukon Alaska Forest Fire near Alaska Border - (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelMore than 80 wildfires are burning across  Alaska on Monday, but things could be a lot worse. Despite record-breaking hot, dry weather across much of the state the past week and a half, Alaska has so far avoided having an uncontrollable wildfire near an urban interface. I photographed this fire that is burning near the Alaska-Canada Border in the vicinity of Beaver Creek last week.

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Friday, June 7th, 2013
Candle Ice, Kluane Lake, Yukon Territory

 

Candle Ice Kluane Lake Yukon - (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelCandle ice is one form of rotten ice that occurs during spring break-up on rivers and freshwater lakes,  like here along Kluane Lake in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Large chunks break up into vertical fissured slices which are fragile enough to be pulled apart by hand. The chandelier-like strands of ice make a wonderful tinkling sound as they crumble.

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Another Alaskan Small World Story

What are the chances of running into an Alaskan pilot and Yukon Quest race official at Schiphol-Amsterdan, Europe’s forth busiest airport? It happened to me yesterday, when I run into Doug Grilliot, who is a pilot for Delta Airlines and who has been the Race Marshall for the Yukon Quest for the past few years, as well as a race veteran of the Quest and Iditarod. We both agreed how small a world this is! This shot dates back to the 2002 Yukon Quest, when Doug and his team were climbing out of the Bonanza Creek Valley near Dawson City. Thanks for getting me back safely to North America, Doug!

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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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Friday, February 8th, 2013
Tough Moments Along The Yukon Quest Trail

Yesterday was full of emotions along the Quest Trail:  First, four-time Yukon Quest and Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey, who arrived at the halfway checkpoint of Dawson City with only seven dogs, scratched from the race. A difficult decision that he had to make that left him as he said embarrassed and wondering what to do next – regroup and focus on the Iditarod or focus on rebuilding a team for 2014. Then Race Marshall Doug Grillot broke the news that a dog in Jake Berkowitz’s team had died. Then there has been a fair amount of concern for musher Misha Pedersen, pictured above, who was in second last place and whose team has been moving so slowly that some have worried about the state of her team and if she would be able to make it to Dawson without any outside assistance. And finally, the last musher on the trail, Christina Traverse of Fort McMurray, had to be withdrawn from the race, as she got ill and had to be medevaced to Whitehorse.

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Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race

Yukon Quest musher Dyan Bergen of Yellowknife currently runs near the of the pack of the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, but her dogs are neverless some of the most enthusiastic I have seen along the trail.

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Mushing Along The Yukon Quest Trail

Yukon Quest musher Brent Sass of Fairbanks mushes his team through the Yukon’s vast wilderness on his way to Dawson City, the halfway checkpoint of  the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Sass arrived in Dawson in 4th place late Tuesday evening.

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Yukon Quest Dog Power

    Yukon Quest rookie musher Susie Rogen’s lead dogs set the pace for her team on the Yukon River. Below, Christina Traverse’s lead dogs pull hard at the start.

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