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Ya Ha Tinda Ranch
Alberta, Canada
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Latitude and Longitude 51.772, -115.596 Map

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Subject 1: (Equus caballus caballus). Timecode In: 00:08:07. Timecode out: 00:08:09. Behaviors: snorts. Subject 2: (Sound Effects). Subtitle: Walking on gravel. Timecode In: 00:23:48. Timecode out: 00:24:08. Subject 3: (Interview). Subtitle: Karsten Heuer. Timecode In: 00:24:24. Timecode out: 00:29:39. Notes: Yellowstone to Yukon; Y2Y; Ya Ha Tinda Ranch. Subject 4: (Sound Effects). Subtitle: Shoeing a horse. Timecode In: 00:31:39. Timecode out: 00:32:07. Equipment Notes: Stereo=1; Decoded MS Stereo. Y2Y DAT #9 ms riding into Ya Ha Tinda ranch on the last day of the trip. AC 2:46 Well, this is the end of day 4 of the ride. We¿re coming into Ya Ha Tinda ranch. Ya Ha Tinda is a Stony Indian word meaning¿¿prairie in the mountains¿. And we¿ve been riding across prairie and meadow here, and we¿re coming up to a ranch with about 10 horses here in front of us. This Radio Expeditions is about to come to a close. It¿s very beautiful country we¿ve been riding through, but, I guess I¿m going to be pretty happy to get off this horse. 3:32 ambi 3:35 - 11:30 the sound of horses walking. some horse snorts. In the background every once in a while you can hear a faint bird call. there is the sound of wind. Horses walking on grass. ambi 11:30 - 17:13 talking about who is going to open the gate. You can hear the creaking of the gate and then the horses walking through. Horses stop and everyone dismounts. You can hear faint expressions of relief from the days of riding. A group of people hugging, laughing and talking about the ¿great trip¿. ambi 17:28 - 19:22 contains different sounds recorded at the end of the trip. horses, people talking in background, and the sound of moving saddle bags and other things around. ambi 23:45 - 24:13 sounds of walking across gravel. AC 24:23 Karsten, this is where we¿ve been coming to, but tell the listeners what it is, where are we? KH 24:31 Well, we¿re at a wonderful place called Ya Ha Tinda ranch, which is a Stony Indian name which means prairie in the mountains. And you can look around you here and see the mountains with aspens turning yellow and spruce and pine trees, and down in the valley here, just open, open prairies extending pretty far and beautiful natural grasslands. And what the Ya Ha Tinda ranch is, is it¿s where they breed, train, and winter, about 170 horses for the park service, for the park wardens to do patrols by horseback¿. AC 25:13 And this is kind of a stopover on the way to the north. We¿re going to quit here and go back to Banff, go back to town, but you¿re going to go on. KH 25:26 Right, so I¿m going to take a day off here, a day off from traveling. But doing some of the work that we have to do is part of this project on lap top computers and so on, and then I¿m going to pick up and continue walking north. And it¿ll be a five day trip to the next road where I¿ll meet Justin, and pick up more food and we¿ll do two presentations, and then it¿s a further ten days to Jasper. And I¿m hoping to get to Jasper by October 17th. And then I¿ll take off about four months, do some more detailed planning, and then pick up on skis, north of Jasper again, late next winter, in March. AC 26:03 So, you¿re going to start in March of next year. That¿s pretty early. You didn¿t start until June this year. KH 26:09 Right, but this year I was hoping to walk. We had to snowshoe for a week, but we were planning on walking. But next spring we¿re planning on skiing for five weeks. And actually we¿re going to try and cover some territory that might, in fact, be easier to ski because of river crossings being frozen and some mosque-egged swampy areas also being frozen. AC 26:30 And so, you¿ll be on skis for five weeks, and then what? KH 26:33 And then there¿ll be that in between time. Where it¿s difficult to travel in late Spring because there¿... (Notes truncated)

Background Species

Horse (caballus) - Equus caballus caballus

Technical Information

Sennheiser MKH 30; Sennheiser MKH 40

Archival Information

18 Aug 2010 by Ben Brotman
18 Aug 2010 by Ben Brotman
18 Aug 2010 by Ben Brotman