Pachal Dahl – Kluane (Yukon)

May 2017

Pachal Dahl = Sheep Mountain (in the Southern Tuchone language)

Dall sheep have the largest horns of all wild sheep in North America.  That fact, along with their white coat and the ability to endure some of the harshest climates in Canada make them the star attraction of this part of Kluane National Park in the Yukon Territory.

My route was nothing special and hardly comparable to the other routes that approach

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View of Kluane Lake from Tachal Dahl

the summit of this huge mountain so I will not describe it here.  I will however try to impress upon you as the reader the chalky, wind blown desolation of this part of the St. Elias Mountains.

Driving north form Haines Junction the road snakes through the valley before emerging on a crest above Kluane Lake.  The forests of short trees gave way to the aid expanse of water, dust and mountains.  Crossing the Slims River at the foot of Tachal Dahl I stopped at the Visitor centre to look at the sheep with lambs on the mountain (binoculars provided).

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Tachal Dahl

Shortly afterwards I pulled out at the base of Tachal Dahl on a cliff overlooking the lake and began walking.  Sage brush and flickers, heavy rocks, lichen and wind.  Huge gusts blowing down the Slims valley, a glacial outwash plain, and carrying the sediment from the Kaskawulsh and the other countless glaciers that lie deeper into the heart of Kluane.  Just silence, the wind and endless wilderness of the Yukon.

A silence one can get lost in.

 

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My first view of Kluane Lake
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Kluane Country Map
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Kluane Lake HIstory
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Southern Tuchone, Asihik and Champagne 1st Nations

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Tachal Dahl from across the Slims River Valley
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The outwash plane of the Slims river
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Looking west up the Slims River Valley into the heart of Kluane
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Slims River Valley
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Tachal Dahl
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Wind blowing sediment down the Slims Valley
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Looking up Tachal Dahl
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Tachal Dahl
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Tachal Dahl
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Unknown Crocus/Anemone
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Tachal Dahl
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Kluane Lake

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Islands on Kluane Lake

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Tachal Dahl
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Slims river valley
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Tachal Dahl
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Looking down Tachal Dahl across Kluane Lake
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View of Kluane Lake from Tachal Dahl
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Panorama of Kluane Lake, Slims River Valley from Tachal Dahl
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Kluane Lake Panorama

 

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Sage

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Church in Burwash Landing

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One thought on “Pachal Dahl – Kluane (Yukon)

  1. Great series… I lived in the Yukon for many years and I felt the Yukon winds in the photos. Special area… but so many of them in the Yukon.

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