Woods Buffalo. The white snow is insects that follow these beasts everywhere.
Waiting for the ferry to cross the MacKenzie River.
The rest of the team.
Loading the bush plane that would take us to the put-in site.
Fort Simpson, NWT.
Mountains in Nahanni National Park Reserve, a World Heritage Site.
Island Lake, where we would land. We had to carry the boats and gear over to the river, seen on far left.
On Island Lake.
The plane takes off from Island Lake.
A small cabin at Island Lake.
Beginning the portage to the river from Island Lake.
Ferrying the canoe. That was the easy part.
At the river after a full day of ferrying gear.
On the river, day 1.
The first of many sandbar camps.
Bear #1 of many.
Typical camp on a sandbar.
Dirty bear paw marks on Al's tent. You can't train them to wipe their feet before pawing the tent.
Lunch stop on a gravel bar.
A sandbar where we just had to stop.
Our sandbar. True wilderness.
The old man and the river.
Hiking to the Cirque of the Unclimbables.
Cirque of the Unclimbables.
High-tech paddle for use in the loaner canoes.
Landing the canoe at a side stream. Other floaters already camped can be seen in the background.
Cirque of the Unclimbables from the river.
Ferrying a small stream at Rabbitkettle Hotsprings and Tufa Mound with a Park Ranger.
Hiking to the Tufa mounds, Rabbitkettle Hotsprings
On the tufa mounds (note bare feet, to avoid marking up the mounds)
Walking on the tufa mounds.
The tufa mounds.
Pulling the ferry boat across the sidestream, Rabbitkettle Hotsprings and Tufa Mounds
Another sandbar camp.
A little rain must fall. In general, weather was excellent.
The docks at Virginia Falls - one of the main features on the river, and the only developed area, including a large campground and extensive wooden walkways.
The river just above Virginia Falls.
The river below Virginia Falls. A portage takes the boater to the shore on the right.
Camp at Virginia Falls
The docks at Virginia Falls. Many boaters are flown in here by float plane.
The docks, Virginia Falls
On the boardwalk, Virginia Falls
Portaging gear. Below Virginia Falls.
The canoe crew below Virginia Falls
Back on the river.
Final preps for floating again.
Getting water at a side creek.
Entering the canyon section.
Looking down on the boat from a hike to the canyon rim.
The canyon section.
Blue Grouse. They allowed close approach in this wilderness, where nobody was shooting at them.
In the Canyons.
Coming out of the canyons section.
Close encounter of the entertaining kind.
Now why did you interrupt my swim?
Entering the second canyons section.
Camp at Sheep Creek.
The river from a side hike.
Camp from a side hike at Sheep Creek (note brown flow from upstream mining activities.)
A minor side hike above Sheep Creek
Some minor rapids.
A little more exciting rapids.
Eddied out below the rapids.
In the Narrows section
This man is an expert - don't try this at home.
The dock at the village.
Sunset at a sandbar camp.
Final sandbar camp.
Take-out at Blackstone after 18 days on the river.