The Duke of the Abruzzi (1873-1933) was born Luigi Amedeo Giuseppe Maria Ferdinando Francesco, son of King Amedeus of Spain. Before the age of 40 the Duke had become one of the world's greatest modern mountaineers.
Titl'àt Män reflecting Dezadeash Lake’s position at the head of the drainage system. There are many old campsites, cabins and caches around the lake, and traditional stories associated with the lake, including a 19th century conflict, where many people lost their lives.
Titl'àt Män Tágà Dezadeash River gets its name from the lake at its head. The river is also known by the name Shadhäla Chù’ meaning Champagne River, Dezadeash River, or the river that flows by Champagne settlement.
Dän Ƶhur Chù refers to the white or silver berries that grow along the river. These are edible and the large seeds of the berries were used as beads for decorations.
Shär Ndü Chù "huge or powerful bear river" There are many large bears in this valley, which has also been an important travel route between hunting areas.
Äze Chù River takes its name from the mountain that sits by its mouth, east side.
Bodies of water fed by Glaciers. Kluane Lake is one such lake in Kluane National Park.
A large, long-lasting river of ice that is formed on land and moves in response to gravity. A glacier is formed by multi-year ice accretion in sloping terrain. Glacier ice is the largest reservoir of fresh water on Earth, and second only to oceans
Nàłùdäy Dhäl This mountain takes its name from the Lowell Glacier, which it overlooks. The glacier has advanced to the base of this mountain blocking the flow of the Alsek River in the past.
Dakwäkäda Situated on Dezadeash River, it is at the intersection of traditional travel routes, and in the olden days was a convenient place to cache meat from game hunted in the nearby mountains. The caches were located where the new Champagne and Aishihik First Nations village is situated.
Mät'àtäna Män, the largest lake in Kluane National Park, is in a steep sided valley; winds on the lake make for dangerous boating conditions. The lake has a variety of fish, including two special ones, the pygmy whitefish and kokanee or land-locked salmon.
K'ǜa Män The name refers to traps for catching fish. Oral history reports that salmon used to spawn here before the Lowell glacier blocked the river, thereby stopping the fish from coming up to the lake. The lake is a traditional camping place, with an old village (with cabins and graveyard) on the west side of the lake, and a newer village on the south side of the lake near the highway.
Łù'àn Män "a lake where people catch fish" It is good for whitefish, as well as trout and thì or dog salmon. It is the biggest lake in the Yukon, and its deep waters can make for dangerous boating conditions at times. The English name for the lake is derived from Tlingit.
Łù Ghą a traditional Southern Tutchone fishing place, and is still an important seasonal village and gathering place for Champagne and Aishihik people. King, sockeye, coho and dog salmon come up Klukshu Creek to the lake. The Klukshu name is Tlingit, and means end of the salmon (that is, farthest point upstream).
Metal spikes driven into rock or ice for support. Large angle pitons are used in large cracks.
A mountain situated in the Kluane National Park. Canada's tallest mountain.
Nàłùdäy The name refers to long ago event(s), when an advance or advances of the Lowell Glacier blocked salmon from coming up the river to spawn. The blockage likely had drastic consequences for the area’s residents, who would have relied on the salmon for food. The Lowell Glacier has advanced and blocked the river several times in the past millennium, and it is not certain which advance(s) this story refers to.
Tachäl Dhäl This is a flat faced mountain, similar to the flat stone scraper known as a tachal (variant spelling thetchel) that was used by women for preparing hides. Once a favoured sheep hunting area for the Southern Tutchone and now a favourite sheep viewing place.
Shäwshe Chù' The Southern Tutchone name for this river comes from the old settlement. The Tlingit name for this river is Alsèxh, from which the name Alsek is derived, while the Tatshenshini name, also Tlingit in origin, applies to a tributary upstream from Shäwshe. Around the turn of the 20th century, the river names got confused by outsiders new to the area, and the Alsek name became applied to the main branch of the same system, as it is today.
Rugged winter tent, designed to withstand heavy snow loads and fierce winds usually encountered on mountain peaks.
To pass or travel across, over, or through something.