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S: Nahanni River Canoe Trip - July, 2011

FC: Nahanni River Canoe Trip July, 2011 Northwest Territories, Canada

1: Loading up at Carl's place in Kamloops | Happy wives two weeks of freedom!

2: Blackstone Territorial Park NWT on the Liard River | First night

3: 2nd night weather bound at Lindberg Landing rented cabin for $60 from Sue Lindberg | Jim cooking supper with the aid of a headlamp | Mosquito netting (a must)

4: Waiting for plane to arrive next morning | Loading plane while swatting mosquitoes

5: In the air... | Nahanni River Splits | Yohin Lake and sink holes

6: Virginia Falls twice as high as the Niagara Falls | The Sluice Box above the falls

7: Hell Roaring Creek alluvial fan | Tufa mounds largest in Canada

8: Rabbitkettle Lake warden cabin two hour orientation on how to behave in the park! | Rabbitkettle Lake camp 3rd night

9: Food cache as protection against bears Craig saw one next day on the portage | Carl trying desperately to ignore clouds of mosquitoes | They're everywhere ARRRRGH !!!

10: Jelena and Craig | Cirque of the Unclimbables in the distance | Sunset over Rabbitkettle Lake

11: Portaging to the Nahanni River next morning | Finally on the river with Carl in the bow

14: Jim in his solo canoe

15: Break on a pebble beach | Lunch at Hell Roaring Creek

16: Hell Roaring Creek | Carl's engineering marvel - and safe too ! | ... detail

17: Flood Creek camp 4th night | Adrian and Krista caught up with us that night

18: Krista's supper creation | Northern Monarch

19: Virginia Falls campground 5th and 6th nights | Boardwalks and platforms protect the fragile land

20: Sunblood Mountain hiking trip elevation rise of 1000m | Hot climbing up, cold at the top, rain on the way down

22: Not quite at the top yet...

23: Next day, 1.3 km long portage around the falls followed by rapids | King of the Mountain

24: Views of the Sluice Box above the falls

25: Mason Rock dividing the falls | A 92 metre drop | Beginning of Fourth Canyon 5 km of continuous Class II and III rapids after the bend

26: After the portage | Great swimming hole but very cold

27: Fossils everywhere (not counting ourselves) | Food cache under canoe (so we'd hear a bear rummaging) | Camped below Fourth Canyon in continuous drizzle 7th night

28: Third Canyon 35 km long | Pushing off in the morning | Opposite page... Nahanni Gate and Pulpit Rock

30: Nahanni Gate campsite in the rain 8th and 9th nights | Other paddlers taking off

31: Top of the Gate

33: Taking off in the morning | ...and paddling through the gate

34: Hiking the Painted Rocks Canyon (at the mouth of the Second Canyon)

35: Cutting through the Headless Range

36: Deadman Valley Camp 10th night | Prairie Creek | Morning launch

37: Carved paddles in old warden cabin

40: Entering First Canyon and running George's Riffle | Class III rapids

41: deeper than Grand Canyon | First Canyon

43: To stay or not to stay? Paddled only one and a half hours that day but this was such a beautiful spot and no bugs ... so we stayed

44: Mountain sheep checking us out 11th night A camp with a view

45: Next morning

46: Whitespray Spring coming directly from ground (best drinking water in the park)

47: Lafferty Creek camp 12th night | Lafferty Creek Canyon hike

48: Grotte Valerie cave system

49: A life in balance

51: Remnants of the garden at Kraus Hot Springs

52: Adrian and Krista soaking in the sulfur hot springs

54: Wild Wood Bison

55: Out of the canyons - final stretch to Nahanni Butte where we overnighted at a 4 room, 8 bed hotel | Last day - water taxi from Nahanni Butte to Lindberg Landing

56: Final view of Nahanni Butte

58: Thank you Nahanni River and fellow travelers for a spectacular journey!

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  • Nahanni Canoe Trip, July, 2011
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