In this interview, Natalie Norris does most of the talking because Earl has been ill. Working together, they provide a detailed look at early dog team support. Natalie and Earl Norris describe growing up with dogs, coming to Alaska to work, and the growth of dog mushing. During World War II, their dogs were recruited for search and rescue. Bradford Washburn recruited Earl to provide freight support for climbing expeditions on Denali. Earl pioneered the dog route up to the base camp on the North Side of Denali and hauled back rocks the geologists had gathered.
Bill Schneider talks with Natalie and Earl Norris in Willow, AK on October 3, 2000. Denali National Park Jukebox Series.
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