It takes the average hiker between three and five days to hike the Chilkoot Trail. When I hiked it back in 2011, I spent three nights on the trail and it was a comfortable itinerary. So why would anyone be spending two weeks on the Chilkoot?
My partner Jessica Auer and I were awarded the 2014 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency (presented by Parks Canada, U.S. National Park Service, and the Yukon Arts Centre). Three artists (this year four if you count Jessica and I as individuals) were selected from around 170 applications. One artist is from Canada (that’s us), one from the USA, and another from the Yukon Territory. Each artist spends two weeks hiking the Chilkoot and making a project along the way. In our case, you can visit www.chilkoot247.wordpress.com to read about the history of the Chilkoot and our preliminary research, as well as see some images from the project as they begin to develop.
Additionally, I thought I would post some landscapes of the trail here, since the two week itinerary gave me some time to scramble around places that most backpackers following a three to five day schedule won’t be able to enjoy. I hope that you enjoy them virtually.