In my former life, one of the more fun things I got to do was plan and host media visits to the Yukon in Canada’s far north. Now that I finally have lots of time to do my own thing, I started sorting through more than 8,000 images that were languishing on an old external drive.
Among them I found several that were shot at one of the more unusual places I found myself. Kluane National Park is in the southwest corner of the Yukon and is part of the largest protected area on earth. Home to several of Canada’s highest mountains (including the highest – Mt Logan) and the world’s largest non-polar icefields, its remote, difficult to access and about as wild as it comes.
On this particular job, I was tasked with finding suitable locations for an outdoor clothing and gear catalogue shoot from Australia. One of those turned out to be on a mountainside above a glacier in Kluane. Accessible only by helicopter and a bunch of paperwork to government departments. Initially I hadn’t planned to fly in with the crew since seats were limited but, as luck would have it, we were assigned a larger chopper which meant room for one more.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to go – its a place that few people will ever get to see from the air (pretty much the only way to see the park interior) much less set foot. Fortunately I never left home without my camera – mainly so I could capture shots of the crew “behind the scenes” – and here’s a few of the shots from that incredible day.
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