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PostPosted: January 3rd, 2018, 7:25 am 
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Super trip, nicely done!

How did you scout the canyons?


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PostPosted: January 3rd, 2018, 5:41 pm 
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We scouted the entrance to 4th Canyon from the cobble bar on River Right. That was it. Everything else was a river scout. Any obstacles in the canyons were plain to see. Nothing sneaks up on you. Reflecting waves, major boils and big waves are your concerns. You can see them coming and prepare your line. Inside the canyons there are very few obstacles to actually hit. No falls or major ledges.

Sometimes the scale of the mountains throws you off. Everything ends up bigger than it seems from a distance. none of the videos or pictures do this justice. From 100 yards off we would start towards some nice little bouncy waves. 50 yards off, hmm that wave is looking bigger than I thought. 15 yards off, oh crap boat eater! We learned to be cautious of these river mirages and keep our distance.


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PostPosted: January 5th, 2018, 2:26 pm 
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MartinG,

Your photos and trip report bring back great memories. 8 of us paddled the Mountain River in 2015 in pretty much the same way you did. We were self-guided and started our trip at Dusty Lake as you did. I believe we spent 16 or 17 days on the river with a silly number of rest days, which just allowed us to do more hiking and exploring. As you said, when you are self-guided, have your own gear, look for deals on flights, etc., the overall out of pocket expense for a trip like this is a lot lower then you would think.

The water was higher for us then you experienced, but I wouldn't call it "high water". I also would say the WW was not challenging at all, but at higher water it would be a different story. We heard a story of a group being rescued by helicopter in high water as the river was impassible.

The scenery is what I will always remember. Once you climb up a mountain, you can see for miles and miles and miles.

There were some challenges in planning and packing for a trip like this, but they were not insurmountable. The hardest thing was picking flights and then figuring out how to pack your gear to incur the least number of additional luggage charges and oversize fees from the airline. The river itself is well documented, there are tons of campsites and no real obstacles on the river (at moderate water levels). If you have experience with WW, own your own gear (drysuit included) and have done at least a few self-guided multi-day wilderness trips, the Mountain river is certainly within your reach.


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PostPosted: January 6th, 2018, 10:07 am 
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I totally agree with you! Trips like this in the Mackenzie and Peel watersheds are awe inspiring and far more accessible than people think.


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