Klondike Letters Project

Translating experience into memory through inspired creation.

Courtney Lovett

Those Who Have Passed

What a hike!

How did the prospectors get a ton of goods over this pass? It took me 5 1/2 hours from Sheeps Camp with only 45 lbs and in good weather. The tenacity of those passing this way in 1897-1898 was incredible. Those hauling, engineering and building the tramway were incredible too. We seem so small in comparison.

Magical Misty Mountains

Magical misty mountains

And streams, beautiful berries, flowers.

Camaraderie with other hikers,

Thinking about  history,

Damp, wet, moist, misty….

Time with wonderful friends, Trudy and Annie

Also bruises…

Attention to Detail

Super chilly day in July!

July 21…

Rain, tons of fog, with artifacts coming into focus: the fog focuses my attention to details – moss and lichen, rusted cables and wires and what-cha-ma-call-its. And the extreme slipperiness, and the cold. Maybe glad I’m wearing rain pants but they’re soaked through. Hoping to warm up a little – jealous of Tegan et al. who did it last week who had perfect weather. But this is my experience and I love it!

Cold, Long, and Wet

It was a cold, long, and wet hike up the mountain with many false summits, but somehow I made it on top of the world.

No More Chilkoot

Dear Self –

Next time your dear friend, Martha, says – “Hey, let’s hike the Chilkoot!” Know that that is her code word for Whitehorse? Tell everyone – “Chilkoot” – pack your backpacks and then detour to White horse! Don’t tell anyone! We loved the Chilkoot the first time – we were okay with the second time – we were ok with it the 2nd time – but we promised no matter how old we get – NO MORE CHILKOOT! Martha is 65 right now and I’m 63! It kicked our butts.

Little Mountain Goat

Foggy, but dry.

Got by Chikutey by my side. Greeted with warm H2O. Yay! Alpine! Glad to have committed the time and money to walk this museum.

Climbed the pass speedy like a little mountain goat!

Beautiful Mountains

Dear Future Jordan,

Today was the perfect weather for climbing up to the summit. We left camp at 6am and made it to the top by 9am. It was nice to not hike in the hot sun. The mountains are beautiful! There are patches of snow that have divots like golf balls. The breeze is light and crisp. God had blessed us with such an amazing world to live and play in.


Jordan, 25(1/2)

A Part of the Real Thing


Remember the thoughts of how little the trivialities of life mean, when you wake in the footsteps of those who struggled so much to fuel a dream? We have become life tourists by just watching and reading about others’ accomplishments.

This was a chance to be a part of the real thing.

Third Time Around

My third time here, definitely the most challenging (rain, wind, fog), but memorable again (blueberries, hot tea, and Tony).

Can’t wait to come back!

In Your Face Mountain

In your face mountain!

I am very glad I did this and would do it again if given the choice. I may have fallen in love with Alaska because of this trail.