Even the largest arctic wildlife can be difficult to spot. I took this photo of Joe Henderson and the team coming towards me and it was only afterward that I noticed the muskox peering down at us from his castle, very much the “Monarch of the Glen” in an arctic style.

In fact Joe had seen the same muskox the night before as he scouted the route ahead and it had given him quite a start in the dusky evening light. At first all he saw was a large brown hairy animal at the top of the bluff and there was no immediate telling whether it was a bear or a muskox, enough to make anybodies heart skip a beat or two!

And here’s a whole lot more of these amazing animals; on a previous trip these guys were hanging out grazing right next to the Dalton Highway (the road of Ice Road Truckers fame).

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