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Author:  david demello [ September 8th, 2018, 1:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Drum Dance

Drum Dance Gjoa Haven

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAlBUoM ... e=youtu.be

Author:  david demello [ September 8th, 2018, 9:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Drum Dance

moved

Author:  david demello [ September 8th, 2018, 11:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Head waters to Kaleet River

After leaving Back River at Lower MacDougall Lake heading North to Joe Lake, we crossed over to Kaleet River. This is the first video of it and an arctic wolf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSuuq3R ... e=youtu.be

Author:  Paddle Power [ September 9th, 2018, 2:43 pm ]
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Few have portaged and paddled from the Back River to the Kaleet River but it has intrigued me as a route to Gjoa Haven.

Author:  david demello [ September 9th, 2018, 7:02 pm ]
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Juanita and I did it and it was interesting as a route less traveled by. By canoe that is. I discovered two parties that tried it and both failed. One was a Jim Abel out of Boston and another was a Japanese fellow, Aiki, who tried a solo. If you look at the drum dance you will notice a blond female in the background. She was with Abel the year we did the Kaleet. He did the Back and arrived a day later. Abel said they ran out of water and had to be flown out. Aiki also said the water was low but he backtracked to the Back. the initial watershed was meager and for a while it was a trial. Heavily silted river and we walked in the water for a way because of it being shallow, 6/8 inches. after 3/4 days working our way down a channel was formed and water level tolerable. The water was always the color of mocha and we often sought small streams or anything other than the Kaleet. We found one building on the left side of river after it widened and before it became Trefoil Bay. Then came Sherman Basin with salt water, tides and countless islands. Spent 2 days making our way east to Weir Creek. Just before Weir Creek was another modest structure. More like a wooden tent than a hut. Weir Creek was doable and we ascended it. After dragging over the weir turned left and made our way partway up another creek to another small lake. Ample water. Thought for sure we would have to start walking, but water was deep enough to paddle. After some puddle jumping made it to Squirrel River. From there it was a short paddle to Barrow Inlet and salt. But enough for now. If you would like, I can expand on it. Photos, movies and maps and a couple of comments. Let me know.

Author:  recped [ September 10th, 2018, 9:44 pm ]
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Quote:
If you would like, I can expand on it. Photos, movies and maps and a couple of comments. Let me know.


Yes David, anything from your archives is most welcome!

Author:  david demello [ September 11th, 2018, 12:39 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Drum Dance

I have talked on the Kaleet before so this time maps with more detail juxtaposed with movies/photos.

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Author:  david demello [ September 11th, 2018, 12:57 am ]
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after running up east side of Joe Lake crossed over to Kaleet headwaters

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Author:  david demello [ September 11th, 2018, 12:36 pm ]
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Here we have us somewhere between Lower MacDougall and Joe lake. There were some small unnavigable stream/lakes to out left heading north. And an inukshuk in the loose sense of the word. I have a photo somewhere. This is where wooded areas marked and magnetic compass erratic indicated. The camera is facing south toward Lower McDougall

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Author:  david demello [ September 11th, 2018, 12:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Drum Dance

next is a video of carry from Joe lake to headwaters of Kaleet. I would like to mention we were not the first here traveling bu boat. Jim Abel from Boston and Aiki from Japan. Abel flew out because of low water and Aiki retraced his way back to the Back River. The next video may explain their decision

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzDL2zS ... e=youtu.be

Author:  david demello [ September 11th, 2018, 7:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Drum Dance

Now we are on the Kaleet river with its modest beginnings. The arctic wolf carried on all the night before and now was seeing us off. as the video pan you can see the tent just to the left of the sand hill. We were fortunate to find the esker. Traveled late the night before and the sun was on the Horizon's edge when we landed. The wolf was unhappy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSuuq3RrkGM

Author:  david demello [ September 11th, 2018, 11:06 pm ]
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moving on down the Kaleet another small challenge. I knew there would be obstacles such as this. My surprise was that there were so few. In fact only two, very close to each other. The Nowleye and Noomut rivers were much more challenging. There were some "lakes" where we had to walk because of silt buildup in middle of lake. Nothing more shallow than 6/8 inches. The water always remained yellowish brown. By day 3 we were on easy river save an occasional rapid worthy of the name. Since we had no phone or spot we were cautious. Perhaps unnecessarily so. We had no rescue plans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhUhKIKsHZ0

Author:  david demello [ September 12th, 2018, 10:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Drum Dance

this next video was somewhere further on down the river. Noticed irregular formations some distance on a granite mount and decided to investigate. Here is the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrBb2lU3n4o

Author:  david demello [ September 12th, 2018, 11:12 pm ]
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Days were getting shorter and ice forming in bucket. Early up and caught this scene just before river widened and entered Sherman Basin.

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=KR56X2B54Ss

Author:  david demello [ September 12th, 2018, 11:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Drum Dance

Entering Sherman Basin into a complex of island was a bit nerve-wracking. Too many islands for island hopping so we decided to paddle until we hit a solid mass east and then turn north and search for Weir creek. At first only as a known marker for location purposes. We had decided to travel north into a narrow bay and portage over to fresh water and go from that known location. Bur we were surprised. First Sherman Basin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNTnjfMieCE

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