No Light Undertaking

May 11, 2011 by Editor

If the sourdoughs only knew: moving  your household goods to Alaska these days is easier than calling a cab. Working with provides a one-step move for truckloads of goods.

The Klondike and Nome gold rushes spurred the expansion of transportation routes to Alaska—steamships to Skagway, the 110-mile narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Railroad built in 1898-1900, and paddle-wheelers up the Yukon River. Today, the most economical and efficient route to Alaska is the AlCan highway. The eighteen-wheeler has replaced the paddle-wheeler (and the train is for the tourists). Instead of manhandled or bounced along on flat sleds and pack mules, the goods are securely crated or blanket-wrapped in a Kentucky air ride trailer.

But it remains true that the 2,400-mile trip to the Far North is no light undertaking—especially when youʼve got a load that averages about 24,000 pounds.

“When you think about it, any kind of journey is harder for the tenderfoot than for the old hand,” says David Vaughn, Hi-Lineʼs road driver manager. Hi-Line Moving has trucks departing for Alaska every other day, year ʻround. “Our drivers arenʼt just drivers; they are trip managers, and every one is an expert on the route to Alaska from the lower 48,” Vaughn explains.

Hi-Line drivers can also oversee packing and loading Code 2 crates for shipment to Alaska, for both military and non-military households. Hi-Line offers the flexibility to meet the needs of partner carriers—supplying the transportation leg or handling every segment of the move.

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For fun, check out the historical McDougall and Secord Klondike Outfit List here.

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