Miles Canyon, Yukon, Canada in Jack London’s “Through the Rapids On the Way to the Klondike”

PHOTO CREDIT: E. J. HamacherWinter scene in Miles Canyon. No. 1102. Source.

“We were in a hurry. Every one was in a hurry. This hurry is characteristic of a gold rush, and especially so of the Klondike rush of ’97.”1

Jack London’s northern expedition led him through many ill-explored waters and beaten paths as he joined an hundred thousand other prospectors in the Alaskan gold rush. This exploratory period encouraged naturalism meilleur viagra feminin in many of his earlier short stories. These experiences eventually fed into his more prominent fiction works, The Call of the

Wild and White Fang. “Through the Rapids On the Way to the Klondike,” a lesser known, short non-fiction piece written by London describes the troubling traverse he and his crew underwent while sailing on the rough waters of the White Horse Rapids.

One particular description of London’s journey points to Miles Canyon, so named

by Lt. Frederick Schwatka in 1883 after

the US General Nelson Miles. This canyon resides in a portion of the Horse colloquially dubbed “the mane,” a nickname that originated due the rapids’ wavy, horse-like semblance when drawn on a map. It was through here that Jack London drew inspiration to write “Through the Rapids On the Way to Klondike” and detail the beautiful albeit dangerous north.

Find The Call of the Wild and White Fang, Jack London’s most famous works, at a local library and on Amazon.

1London, Jack. “Through the Rapids on the Way to the Klondike.” Tales of Adventure. N.p.: Hanover House, 1956. N. pag. Print.

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