“It’s a good thing I have a can-do attitude,” Sharyn said, “otherwise I’d be in complete despair.”

From Chapter 11 of Alaska Traveler:

The first three miles were an uphill grind, crossing and recrossing the same creek. Now we left the tree line behind and were at the foot of the Scales, a steep slide of boulders the size of minor planets with edges like steak knives. I looked up and thought, “What’s a class four rock scramble, the West Buttress of Denali?” Some of the boulders were teetery and tippety and some were not and you never knew which was which until you stepped on or grabbed one. I had a brief, rose-colored vision of one of those tough, surly Tlingit packers who hired themselves out to the Klondike stampeders to pack goods over the pass, who were known to sit down in the middle of the trail on strike for better wages, usually just before the summit. The Scales got its name because this was where the packers would re-weigh their loads and jack up their prices.

Dana Stabenow. Alaska Traveler (Kindle Locations 653-659). Gere Donovan Press.

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