Out & About

2011-06-14

 

Skip and Chris Ambrose Survey the Yukon River With Their New Wooldridge Boat!

 

Every year since 1973, I have been conducting Peregrine Falcon surveys along the upper Yukon River in Alaska. Since restrictions on the use of DDT in 1972, we have watched this population increase from 11 pairs in 1973 to over 50 pairs in 2010. We have surveyed the area in all sorts of boats, from canoes to rafts to riverboats. We usually start at Circle, AK, and motor up to the Alaska-Yukon Territory border.

In the fall of 2010, my wife Chris and I ordered a new Wooldridge Sport, 24 feet long with a 10 foot cabin and a Yamaha 150HP four stroke. We picked up the boat in early May 2011 and drove to Alaska. We started our survey on May 17, perhaps a tad bit too early as there were still big ice flows coming down the river, and finished in early June. The Yukon was late to break up in 2011, but we wanted to get on the river in the new boat. The new boat exceeded all of our expectations. Even fully loaded with enough fuel and food and supplies for a 2-3 week trip, it got on step easily and cruised at about 3800 RPM. We made the trip from Circle, Alaska, to the Alaska-Yukon border and back without a problem. In past years, we pitched a tent on an island each night, so we especially enjoyed sleeping and cooking inside the cabin. It was without a doubt our most comfortable trip ever!- Skip A.



Big river ice!


Black bear and cub eating aspen buds.


Falcon spotting from camp.


Nice camp!


Traveling the Alcan highway.


Skip, Chris and Abbey enjoy some solitude.


We read “A River to Run” about Glen Wooldridge while on the river, and enjoyed the chapter about his trip on the Yukon River in 1970. I was happy to have the deluxe cabin instead of Glen’s make-shift tent cabin on his boat. Much better for bugs and bears!- Skip A.

Glen Wooldridge Sr. at the "old camp" on the Yukon River.

  Skip Ambrose at the"new camp!"



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