It is either really and outstandingly awesome how every thing that so many people have worked for so hard and for so long, to make happen is actually happening; Or I have completely lost my mind and I actually live in a loony-bin and I have made all of you people up in my medicated mind. (That would mean, my imaginary friends, that The International Horseback Adventure is really just a bunch of cook-coos giving each other piggy-back rides!)
Umm. Ok. That didn’t sound right. (Even here, in my own mind.) Gosh! I am tired! LOL, everyone on the Pioneer Outfitters Team is exhausted. (I know, “bla, bla, bla”)
Hey! We are leaving!! (It is Saturday, today ~ You’ll get this on Sunday.) The first of two planned for this Fall, International Horseback Adventure, Part 1 begins it’s final act now! We are off to gas up the trucks, pick up horse trailers and round up the first group of new horses coming to live in Chisana with our own Range Horses.
The airplane will pick up the rest of the gear (and me!) later this afternoon and Master Guide Terry Overly is already flying gear and supplies as well as the rest of the Team that will be part of this incredible experience.
The Adventure will lead us over 80 miles, from Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory to Chisana, Alaska. Crossing tundra and boggy ground, flooding rivers and creeks, with only Chisana being the goal. Once departed from Beaver Creek, there is no communication, no help or support until we reach Chisana. There is no stop and there is no turning back. Our Fall Season guests and clients will be waiting for our return.
As the Team put the remaining gear and supplies, Master Guide Terry Overly and Alaska Guide Trainee Wesley Koch flew the trail. Terry made notes as they were flying, and I will share those with you here.
“Today is the end of July and Wes and I are flying down Flat Creek, over the CAT-Horse-Old Chisana Trail, following the trail we will be taking.
Coming up on Carl Creek. Carl Creek is dark brown water, up Beaver Creek to Carl Creek is black water (clear).
There is some fresh snow on some of the hills above Ophir Creek, where Ophir runs into Beaver Creek.
All the drainage’s are brown, high run-off water.
I am coming up on First Timber and Lone Mountain. All the creeks are still dark brown run-off water. I am now just abreast of First Timber Cabin and coming over the ridge.
Looking down at Klein Creek. Deep, a little muddy, high and fast.
Flying over the Horsefelt Airstrips. Beaver Creek here is deep. Horsefelt Creek is high and green in color.
The small one of Bray Lakes.
Now, we are flying over the big one, Horsefelt Lake.
I am now coming up on Baltoff Creek heading to Beaver Creek.
Baltoff Creek is very high and muddy.
We are in Beaver Creek, Yukon now. Beaver Creek is very high and dark brown down stream. But green in color and much less water up stream from the mouth of Baltoff Creek.
There will be a lot of trail-clearing, to be able to avoid the extreme high water in Beaver Creek. This is going to be a very dangerous one, indeed.”
~ Master Guide Terry Overly, flying the trail for The International Horseback Adventure, Part 1.
The icy waters here in Alaska can be deadly. They are the lifeblood of every living thing in this vast and beautiful land. Alaskans know that any crossing, rivers, streams and creeks must be crossed with caution, as they can be deceiving and deceptive to even the most experienced. Even in the summer, the water temperature averages just above freezing, the power and its force is unrelenting.
The horses we are about to meet for the first time may or may not be broke to ride. They may or may not have ever crossed running water; they may have never even drunk from running water before. The certainly have never experienced the journey they, and we, are about to embark upon.
Next spring, they will be Range Horses, part of our highly experienced Team.
Stay tuned, we’ll be dismounting at the corrals in about 5 days. (Fingers Crossed!!)
Gotta run, now, but if you want to get in touch, just click the “Book it” button below and I’ll get right back at’cha when we return!