Chilkat Pass BC

I spent two years at remote Chilkat Pass on the Yukon/BC border, studying winter migration and predation of willow ptarmigan. I used radiotags to find the animals through the winter. This little-known corner of BC has some magnificent scenery. Some of the area is now protected by Tashenshini Provincial Park.


The first year I lived in a small shack in the middle of the pass, perfectly in line with a highway of storms rolling in from the Pacific. The second year, I graduated to a much nicer log cabin with wind and solar power on the Yukon/BC border, in present-day Tatshenshini Provincial Park.

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  • By Rick McCharles, June 10, 2007 @ 6:00


    What an experience.

    Especially the “hovel”. I can imagine what it was like with a big storm trying to blow the roof in.

  • By Rogier, June 10, 2007 @ 10:00

    The storm-issue solved itself: with the first major storm, the entire shack got snowed in. We built a bit of a hallway with some ice walls and a roof of plywood. A ladder and a trapdoor got us outside. Result: a cozy little cave under the snow. Kind of like the ptarmigan we were chasing – they sleep in snow caves as well. See .

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