Spencer Millsap@spono

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Spencer Millsap

#DawsonCity - this was my hub for a few nights while exploring the great far north of the #Yukon. It's a crazy long drive to get here and you really feel completely isolated. I'd heard only quick stories of how steeped in lore and history this tiny town of only 1,300 or so residents is - having been settled in 1896 it was the beating heart of the #KlondikeGoldrush where nearly 100,000 people descended on the confluence of the #Klondike and #Yukon to claim their fortunes from 1896 to 1899. Lots of stories from here to come πŸ‘πŸΌβ›πŸ’°

Dawson, Yukon Territory
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Back to #KathleenLake just outside #KluaneNationalPark to get another view as the final light of the day faded - quiet and still water all the way out - lots more to see further north though πŸ‘πŸΌ #yukon #bearcountry #syrp

Kathleen Lake
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#FallVibes over the #Yukon right before touchdown outside of #HainesJunction. What an amazing flight, with huge thanks to Alex at #kluaneglacierairtours. It was time to regroup and figuring out where to stay for the night before making the next long journey north. πŸπŸ‚πŸƒβ›°πŸ›¬

Haines Junction, Yukon Territory
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And then just as we were making our final approach - It got super moody looking back into #kluanenationalpark - like the gates were being closed this time around - until next time #Kluane πŸ™πŸΌ. #thatgradient #arrival #onapproach #kluaneglacierairtours #dramayukon

Kluane National Park and Reserve
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Late afternoon #canyon light - the gold of those trees kept lighting up as we got lower and lower in elevation 🍁. #kluanenationalpark #kluaneglacierairtours #fall

Kluane National Park and Reserve
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And back out of the ice fields - beautiful fall light settling into the hillsides as the gradient of colors went from deep lush greens to bright yellows 🍁 #kluanenationalpark #kluaneglacierairtours

Kluane National Park
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That #GlacierLight cutting across the #LowellGlacier - the expanse is crazy - this is miles and miles of completely inhospitable terrain that hardly ever has human contact. #kluanenationalpark #kluaneglacierairtours #nature #layercake

Kluane National Park and Reserve
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Microscopic ice crystals / massive glacial pools. The color of that water 😯was mesmerizing leading back over the #LowellGlacier. #kluaneglacierairtours #kluanenationalpark #isthisearth

Kluane National Park and Reserve
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The perks of being so far north so early in the season is the super bright yellow beautiful sightings of #fall as we slowly made our way back towards #HainesJunction. Loved the #stormlight piercing through to create these pockets out of the corner of my eye that lit up the mountainsides. πŸ‘πŸΌ #KluaneNationalPark #kluaneglacierairtours

Kluane National Park and Reserve
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Incredible how much can change in just 15 minutes time - swinging back around to pass back by the #LowellGlacier, a pretty nasty looking storm was brewing in the distance - with a quick radio chatter exchange Alex banked us just a hair to get a glimpse and wander our way back. #kluaneglacierairtours #KluaneNationalPark #thenothing

Kluane National Park and Reserve
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Amazing teardrop #Glacier pools far below us. It was easy to get swept up in the distant horizon ranges and not look down at these incredible massive formations. #kluaneglacierairtours #KluaneNationalPark #GlacierSlushie #CoconutFlavorGlacier

Kluane National Park and Reserve
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High up over the #KaskawulshGlacier that spans some 15,000 sq. miles - that's insane. This was the main glacier that I'd mentioned had significant sections melted away as of last year to the point of changing the direction of the slims river it feeds in addition to others. Hard to fathom scale sometimes when I've had zero point of reference up to this point. #GlacierNoob #kluaneglacierairtours #Yukon #wheretheairiscrisp

Kluane National Park and Reserve
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Banking slowly we finally got a view of the towering #MountLogan way off the in distance just barely peeking out from the cloud cover. The tallest mountain in Canada at just over 19,500ft seems like such an inhospitable place was actually first summitted with a crew led by Andrew McCarthy in June of 1925. They took a train, walked 120 miles, THEN climbed it. The whole expedition took over 65 days to go up and come back down. I can't even imagine getting to this view after 20 plus days and thinking ok now let's go up. #MtLogan #coldestenvironmentimaginable #averagetempnegative17 #kluaneglacierairtours

Mt. Logan Peak
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Spotted these guys wayyyy down below making their way across a crazy uncarved mountainside trail. What a way to live just hopping from mountainside to mountainside. #FellowshipOfTheMountainGoat #GoatBros #OreamnusAmericanus #Yukon #KluaneNationalPark #KluaneGlacierAirTours

Kluane National Park and Reserve
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The #LowellGlacier - roughly 40 miles long by 3 miles wide this thing is massive, but receding like so many others. #KluaneNationalPark is home to the second largest non-polar concentration of glaciers in the world - that's a lot. And for the first time in history, just last year the #KaskawulshGlacier receded diverting the flow of the slims river in the first documented #riverpiracy from #climatechange - OVERNIGHT. Now, more than ever, is the time to focus on such dramatic changes to our planet 🌎 #Yukon #youthinkthisisagame #coldestenvironmentimaginable

Kluane National Park
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On approach - following the #DezadaeshRiver out of #HainesJunction towards the towering peaks of #KluaneNationalPark. This whole flight over the area gave me a new perspective on "remote" - sooooo much beautiful #backcountry out here. #Yukon #NatGeoTravel

Kluane National Park and Reserve
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Anddddd we're airborne. Linked up with Native Yukoner Alex Lansfield of #kluaneglacierairtours in #HainesJunction to get a proper overview of #KluaneNationalPark. One of the most exhilarating experiences to date. This was my view from my command central with my phone, video, and stills cameras all queued up as we entered the park...

Haines Junction, Yukon Territory
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And said #timelapse - walked along the lakeshore till the clouds started to break. Set up quickly and then had a chance to relax and watch as the sun slowly faded till I could barely see the far side of #KathleenLake. #BearWatch #Syrp #syrptimelapse #exhale #thoseclouds

Kathleen Lake
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Was time to make my way out of #Whitehorse to explore what the #Yukon really had to offer. First stop was in #HainesJunction. Wanted to get a peek at what was to come so I made my way out to #KathleenLake at the edge of #KluaneNationalPark, which is massive. Quiet and all to myself with fall leaves changing. Lots of light bursts and stillness out here - good spot for a timelapse πŸ‘πŸΌ

Kathleen Lake Campground
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This light ☝🏼- made it back into #Whitehorse just in time for the clouds to break from their heavy downpour of the day. Amazingly crisp and deep orange hitting the main downtown area for checking out the #MinersDaughter for dinner - solid spot. #Yukon

Miner's Daughter
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#YukonViews as seen from #MilesCanyon. Once we got off the river I kept coming back here for different views and weather, definitely was not disappointed to be filming one direction only to turn around and see this up river. What a gorgeous place. #rainbow #Yukon

Miles Canyon - Yukon River, Whitehorse YT
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Towards the end of our #YukonRiver excursion the current picked up and we were funneled through #MilesCanyon en route to #Whitehorse. This was a major thoroughfare back in the gold rush days where hundreds of rafts and supply boats were battling the (at times) crazy rapids that challenged those moving through. These days it's a few speed boats, kayakers, and the occasional drenched battle-hardened canoers. #RobertLoweBridge #GoldRush #dronestagram #Yukon

Miles Canyon - Yukon River, Whitehorse YT
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After about 3 hrs on the #YukonRiver in rain, wind, and cold, our guide Julien pointed towards the river bank as the river widened. Pulling off, soaked to the bone, he lit up a fire with brats and hot coffee - think I had 4 cups and @reidontravel and I had 4 brats each I think. Man, the core cold is intense, don't think I've ever been that cold before, this meal was our savior before we hit the river back towards #Whitehorse. #Campmeals #EarlyStageHypo #coldestenvironmentimaginable #bratislife #riverwild

Yukon River, Whitehorse
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First step was getting on the #YukonRiver with Julien Rouget, a guide with #UpNorthAdventures. Despite the morning rain, we weren't deterred to get on the river and make our way for through a few miles of the roughly 2000 that the river stretches. That was probably a bad call - it was crazy cold fighting against the wind and rain w/ @reidontravel. This was one of the only breaks in the clouds that day that got us a brief reprieve from the harsh weather. At this point we were in search of our lunch spot, and for me, hot coffee and some dry clothes, anything since the water crept into my rain coat and soaked my shirt, ha. #coldestenvironmentimaginable #day1 #coretemp

Yukon River, Whitehorse
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Story time! Seemed like a good time to roll out one of my favorite trips of this past year. Dropped into #Whitehorse, #Yukon on assignment for @natgeotravel for about a week to try to capture the entire territory (not difficult at all ha). Landed and hit the ground running filming the local culture in town and getting a vibe for the capital of the territory. With only 30k people or so, there are hints of years of cultures moving through the town. From young seasonal workers to blue collar laborers to local #FirstNations people from a variety of tribes. It's a crossroads of a town with a confusing identity at times, but a great place to start. Lotssss to come from this trip -

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
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End of the line for my posts on the #AmericanNorthwest. Departing down the coast post "moving in" @mharper2 in #SF. This trip feels like years ago already - to be on top of table mt at dawn, highline trail with storms rolling through, and the last light hitting Mt Olympus. It was quite a tour, a lot of driving, and a lot of hiking - exactly what we were looking for. This post just in time for @mharper2's second rally out west. Best of luck bru. #mahMagnets #huckconewithdrawls #redbridge #robthomas #ourwild #Bakersfield

San Francisco, California
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Our silent traveller hud resting easy at his new home. Made it down the coast to #SF just in time to catch @jonathanpatricka, check out the town, and prep @mharper2 for his next round of work. 2 weeks crossed off and this dude is doing exactly what I needed after all the trekking. #hud #daybed #ourwild #sideeye #benadryl

San Francisco, California
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2 of 2 - at my peak, roughly 1 month on the road, about a dozen national parks, forests, and state parks crossed off, miles and miles of trails, on the long way down to our final destination to drop off @mharper2 and head back east. #seriouslackofhygiene #gasstationshades #campsuds #bizkit

Oregon
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1 of 2 - carving our way down the coast and out of #Olympic for our final destination. @mharper2 surprisingly awake and refreshed sans #huckcone. Last days of our adventure to some of our bucket list parks. What a ride. #robthomascommentary #jinthebRedux #mraz #bizkit #lackofhygiene

Oregon
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