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60 below



Yukon Territory. They were out there just long enough for the photo, otherwise their faces would be rimed in ice.

g - 2007aug07


Based on other photographs with notations, the guy on left appears to be William (Bob) E. Porter from Yazoo City, Mississippi and the other Stanwood A. Murphy from San Francisco.


Dad spoke a few times of the danger associated with even the most brief exposure of bare flesh to these temperatures. For my Brother and me the most frightening and memorable was his description of the dangers associated with going to the latrine.


A historical narrative I've seen recently stated that there was a low temperature recorded somewhere along the Al-Can during its construction of seventy below zero.


csk - 8/21/06

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Taken on August 7, 2006