|**News and Events: Nov. 9: Denali by dog team|
|Mon, November 6, 2006 01:27 PM|
Denali by dog team|
Thu., Nov. 9, 7-9 p.m.
The Mountaineers Building, 300 Third Ave W., Seattle
Jeff Yanuchi and family run the last dog freighting business in Alaska. The historic and remote Muldrow Glacier route is in designated wilderness; no airplanes allowed. Climbing parties must get their gear 30 miles in from the wilderness boundary to access the Muldrow, and thats where Jeff and his dogs come in.
The Yanuchis have bred mountain huskies, bigger, stronger,
furrier and slower than an Iditarod-type race dog. Jeff calls
them old school work dogs, and this is how he describes the
Muldrow supply route:
From our base at Wonder Lake (two cabins rented from the
NPS and 100 miles from the nearest road) we pick up the gear
by dog team and shuttle it to the glacier. This usually takes six
weeks or more. All trail is put in by snowshoe or dog team and
when the wind blows, we put it back in again. And again. And
again. We are isolated and need to be self-sufficient in all regards.
We are the vets, EMTs, mechanics, carpenters and general problem-
solvers out there.
See photos of the wild side of Denali while learning about
serious dog mushing and a unique family enterprise.