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The Dempster Highway Fall

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Heather and I race North for a week on the Dempster Highway in early fall. We’re on the lookout for Caribou and moose, though we’re really just using that as an excuse for an awesome camping / exploring trip.

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The weather rolls through every 30 minutes

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Rusty enjoying the view

My $450 Subaru – called Rusty – is the perfect vehicle for the job. Great mileage means we don’t even need to detour into Dawson City for gas, and we drive Whitehorse -> Engineer Creek Campground on the first day. After that we setup home at the Rock Creek Campground, a few kilometers South of the Arctic Circle, and make daily trips further North, hiking to everything that looks interesting.

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The Dempster winds through the mountains

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Onwards, Northwards

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The scenery is hard to take in

Each morning we’re greeted by blue skies and a fresh dusting of snow. Overnight temperatures hover around -5C to -10C.

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Every morning we were greeted by a fresh dusting of snow

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Rusty becoming one with the Dempster

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Gorgeous snow covered mini mountain range

We repeatedly hike into the distance as far as we can see, exploring the beautiful landscape as much as looking for elusive Caribou.

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The mighty Arctic Circle

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Rusty conquers all

The Dempster Highway is a spectacular road with an enormous amount of exploring to be done right off the road.
One day I’ll continue where I left off.

-Dan


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