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Elias and other ranges.

The Yakutat Tlingit exchanged goods with the Eyak—their coastal neighbors to the west—with the Athabascan or Dene to the north and with groups that included the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Southern Tutchone speakers. Traditional Tlingit territory encompasses what is commonly called southeast Alaska, and it also extends into Canada's Yukon territory and British Columbia. The National Geographic Society map of the massif of Mt. Kennedy, directed by Bradford Washburn. It should be noted that the Wrangell-St.

Elias range spreads into Canada.

Back in the day, the Tlingit wandered across those vast mountains all the way to their northern end. In hunters discovered the remains of a nineteen-year-old male First Nations traveler who died somewhere between and years ago. The traditional Tlingit hat that he wore was made from two weaving styles—those of the Tlingit and the Haida.

His ground-squirrel clothing contained sinew from moose, as well as from blue whale and humpback and mountain goat. His main diet appeared to have consisted of salmon and shellfish. DNA tests have confirmed that possibility. The location of Long Ago Person Found aptly displayed the far-ranging network between the traditional Tlingit and their inland relatives. Contrary to Western colonial thought, areas such as Wrangell-St. Elias were not an empty wilderness devoid of civilization.

Indeed, the Tlingit had developed a culture that had layered their land with profound meaning. This creative process included the Yakutat people who lived near the peaks of the St. Elias that flowed into the sea and into rivers where they fished for salmon. They traded and created artwork such as totems kooteeya that told stories about their relationship to their landscape and to their sea and to their S'itak River, where they pulled salmon from nets and prepared them as food.

This is a place where once even the salmon, who swam those icy river waters that flowed back to the mountains, were a kind of God. Be sure to pick up Alpinist 67 for all the goodness! Login with your username and password below. New User? Here's what to do. Forgot your username or password?

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Start improving both stamina and strength in good time before you leave. Then adapt your hike to your ability. Book a helicopter or a boat If the hike feels too long, it might be a good idea to book a helicopter or a boat for some stretches. Read more about boats here and helicopters here in Swedish only. You can also contact a mountain station in the area where you are about to hike and get some useful information from those who work there. Remember that the red crosses mark winter trails, not always suitable to follow in summer as they might pass straight through lakes and marshlands.


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Summer hikes are marked with stones that are painted red. Cross waters carefully If you need to wade do it carefully and never take any risks. Use a map and compass Make sure you bring a map and a compass and remember maps have expiry dates, so always bring the latest edition.

Also, the same thing goes for a GPS as for a map and compass: practise, practise and practise some more. One idea is to mostly navigate using a map and compass and every now and then use the GPS to check your route: is this the right direction, how much further to go, and so on.

Emergency phone Emergency phones are available in most mountain cabins and in some shelters along the trails. Check what mountain stations you pass in advance. The emergency phone lets you contact the local police and the mountain rescue. If you feel insecure you can use the emergency phones to ask for help — never take any risks. Some activity companies have satellite phones and emergency beacons for rent. Food and water Bring enough food and water for your entire route.

Mountains 101

Even though contaminated water in our mountains are rare, the safest alternative is to boil the water for a couple of minutes. Reindeer The Sami have lived and worked for thousands of years in these mountains. If possible walk around the reindeer. If you come across a travelling herd, take a seat and wait until they have passed.

In the spring when calves are born they are extra sensitive to disturbances. There are several companies around Swedish Lapland that offers guided hiking trips, and some of them also offers guidance when planning your own trip. You can reach the mountain rescue through the emergency phones placed in various locations, but you can also reach them on a normal phone through the emergency number The list below summarises the most important points to remember:.

One more thing before you head out into our beautiful mountains: please leave them as they were before you got there. Always bring a bin bag and take all your rubbish back with you. But there are other ways — come along on an up-tempo journey through the scenic mountains of Swedish Lapland when Krissy, Luke and Fredrik takes on the challenge of spending a week running along this famous trail. King's Trail or Kungsleden, is Sweden's longest and most famous trail, and mostly frequented during summer, but it's an equally exiting adventure by skis during winter.

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