Been pulling lines, heading to town next week. One of the lines runs up what we call "repeater hill" (I have a ham radio repeater up there). It's only a mile and a half total trail but a 1500' elevation gain, and midway up is a fairly steep sidehill. Took eight dogs and my daughter's old rig as it is so much lighter.
Second set had a marten:
Made it up the steep section okay, have to walk behind most all of the way to the top, push at times on steeper parts. Here's a shot just as we get to the repeater at the top, the mountains in the distance are part of the Oligilvies in the Yukon Territory:
That repeater is a vhf/uhf dual band that links to Porcupine Dome near Central, which links back to Ester Dome in Fairbanks. The battery had gone dead in the deep cold and lack of sun, happens every winter and I had brought it down last time to charge. Got it replaced and is working again, but man my fingers get cold working without gloves up there, temp was -30 at the house, a bit warmer up high. Glad to have the thermos and have some hot tea before heading down. As you can tell it's all burned up there, from the 2004 fire that nearly got us...burned up my repeater too, which is in one of the large ammo cans at base of tree. Didn't hurt the antennas, but burned the coax most of the way up the tree. Spendy deal to replace the whole thing.
Got down through the steep part, have to let most of the dogs loose otherwise it is too much steam going down, even with the rig chained up. Called the loose dogs and hooked them back in line. This next shot is the bottom third of the hill, looking back toward the cabin in river valley below. That's Step Mountain off in the distance to the SE:
Was later than I thought, and was still a bit chilly from the slog up there and being all sweaty, turned out to be -36 when I got back. Dogs did good, and I didn't hurt myself on the way down...always a big concern as I have wiped pretty bad coming down before. Always good to get up high and see the mtns. So all the sets are pulled, looking fwd to a lot of spring mushing and will post pics in the mushing forum down the line.
Good luck out there,