Chilkoot Pass

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Chilkoot Pass

(chĭl`ko͞ot), alt. c.3,500 ft (1,070 m), in the Coast Mts., on the British Columbia–Alaska line. The Chilkoot people long used it to pass between the Pacific coast and the Yukon River valley. Whites first traversed the pass in 1878, and after the Klondike gold strike (1896), it became a much-used route from Skagway, Alaska, to the interior.
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Such the beach old John Tarwater stepped upon; and straight across the beach and up the trail toward Chilcoot he headed, cackling his ancient chant, a very Grandfather Argus himself, with no outfit worry in the world, for he did not possess any outfit.
We went broke paying the Indians to pack that much of it to the top of Chilcoot.
He blew across Chilcoot Pass, above timberline, in the first swirl of autumn snow.
It was a hard day's run, up the Canon, through Sheep Camp, past the Scales and the timber line, across glaciers and snowdrifts hundreds of feet deep, and over the great Chilcoot Divide, which stands between the salt water and the fresh and guards forbiddingly the sad and lonely North.
CUTLINE: (1) Skiers make their way down the Upper Chilcoot Trail at Smugglers' Notch in Jeffersonville, Vt.
It is emblematic of Canada's moment as a frontier nation, and the men and women who undertook the arduous journey through the Chilcoot to the headwaters of the Yukon are rightly seen as heroic and driven individuals worthy of their special place in Canada's history.