Morning sunshine over Stanley Mission as we drive to the trip start point. The temperature was about -26C.
Mike looking out over Iskwatikan Lake from beside the first rapid above Nistowiak Falls.
The pool below the first rapid and Nistowiak Falls. In the summer, I have paddled and fished there.
The first rapid a few hundred metres above Nistowiak Falls.
Zoe on a cool morning near the first rapid above Nistowiak Falls.
Bob, Laurie, and Mike en route to Nistowiak Falls.
A view of the Rapid (Montreal) River above Nistowiak Falls.
At first, we were unsure of which way to go. Then, we let the signs of nature show us the way.
Nistowiak Falls ice sculptures.
The first drop of Nistowiak Falls.
Rainbows in the mist of Nistowiak Falls.
Mark, Zoe, Mike & Laurie take in the view of Nistowiak Falls.
Mark heads off to a lower vantage point alongside the waterfall.
The ice had a beautiful aquamarine colour to it.
The ice formed these crystal-like structures, like arms of a giant snowflake. Some of those projections are probably 3 or 4 feet long.
Bob & Laurie have a seat overlooking the pool above the waterfall.
Self portrait. Suited up for travel in cold weather wearing two layers of wool, plus a midweight polypro sweater, and wool long underwear. On my legs I had midweight wool pants and wool long undies,
Heading back to camp across Iskwatikan Lake.
Mark & Bob heading back to camp from the falls.
The topography in this area is really impressive. I tried to capture some of it in photos but fear I didn't do too well.
Mike & Laurie enjoying the sunshine.
Approaching a narrows between two islands on Iskwatikan Lake.
360 degree view on Iskwatikan Lake near the islands.
Mark & Zoe
Bob towed a pulk loaded with extra clothes, water, and a few items that might be needed if we ran into trouble on our 16 km day trip to Nistowiak Falls from our base camp.
Zoe & Mark enjoying Valentine's Day.
Mark & Zoe's tent.
Sunset lighting up the trees near camp.
Bob near the camp fire with the fading evening light behind.
Laurie basking in the warmth of the fire while supper cooks.
Mark & Bob tend to their suppers while discussing the best methods for thawing frozen wine and why glass bottles of wine are not ideal.
Valentine's evening at camp.
Bryan & Rob's hot tent. Rob had to cancel so it the tent was used by just Bryan & Mike. That pile of firewood was part of a larger pile, much of which was sawed by Zoe.
The hot tent.
A beautiful evening in camp and a sign that our weather had turned for the better.
This is what makes the hot tent hot. This stove was built with the help of Jay, Rob, and especially Rod and was completed at 3 am the day I left on the trip.
Spruce boughs on the floor, boots from the group drying by the stove, and a stockpile of firewood. The stove draws well so can operate nicely even with the door wide open.
Zoe & Mark hanging out in the hot tent.
Day 3, on the trail on our way out. Mike, Bob & Laurie.
A granite reminder that we are on the Canadian Shield.
Well-used snowmobile trail from Iskwatikan Lake to Stanley Mission.
Bryan's new UHMW toboggan.
Lunch break in the sun.
My load. On the way in, I figure my load was about 140 pounds. On the way out, it was probably a mere 130 lbs.
Mark & Zoe. Tea & GORP in the sunshine.
Walking my toboggan down a hill.
Entering a bay on Mountain Lake. Here we are just 2.4km from our final destination in Stanley Mission.
Mike on the home stretch.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Stanley Mission.
Open water of the Churchill River near Stanley Mission. Amachęwęspimawin Cliff is in the background.
Elevation profile of our route according to MapSource software.
Elevation profile of our route according to the GPS (subject to interference from pretty much everything). The most out-of-whack points have already been removed.