Traveling north by ferry, foot and kayak, reporter Ross Anderson takes with him a historical "companion," the late Mont Hawthorne.

The complete story of Hawthorne, a Klondiker who made the trip in 1897-98, was published 50 years later by Martha McKeown under the title, "The Trail Led North," (MacMillan 1949).

Additional Klondike coverage

The day Seattle's ship came in

Final update: July 20, 1997

Introduction to adventure

Nuggets of history: following in Mont Hawthorne's footsteps

What Ross Anderson hopes to find

Trip to goldfields begins with trip to store

Alaska ferry Columbia carries a sense of adventure

Sights along Inside Passage worth the trip

Skagway, Alaska:
Heart of darkness for Klondikers, for tourists a northern Disneyland

From Skagway, miners have two routes over the mountain

Trail up Chilkoot Pass not for the weak --or meek

Chilkoot Trail park is truly international

Hundred-year-old "treasures" rest beside the trail

It's all downstream to the gold fields

Yukon River starts slowly but can quickly turn nasty

North country attracts the rugged individualist

The mighty Yukon, a river of gold

Yukon can take a toll on lives, friendships

In the North, gold takes many forms

The Dawson City gold rush had its own Bill Gates

Dawson City still gets a rush from gold

Calendar of Klondike events

Klondike miners move mountains to find gold

For me and Mont, the trip North was worth the cost

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