Nahanni - IRL

Time to go. One month in Canada, most of it along the South Nahanni river. I expect to have the time of my life and a tall tale or two to tell when July is gone. Wish me luck :-)

By Jörgen Johansson

Nahanni - gear plans

So what kind of gear do you pick for a cross country backpacking and packrafting trip in a Canadian wilderness? I have of course pondered this off and on all winter and have made some plans. Now, as has been said in military matters, no plan will survive the first contact with the enemy. That might be true, but on the other hand I look upon the wilderness more as a friend, so I hope to do slightly better.

By Jörgen Johansson 

Nahanni - the plan

The most common way of seeing the South Nahanni River is by flying in and canoeing or rafting parts of the river. Most visitors fly into Virginia Falls and spend 5-7 days floating down the river to Nahanni Butte or Blackstone Landing.
I want to follow the river from the source to its confluence with the mighty Liard River which later will merge with the even mightier Mackenzie. Flying in seems a bit like cheating, don't ask me why. I have flown on other occassions but this time it does not seem right. Besides, if I was smart I would not be doing this anyway. And what good is a packraft if you do not carry it part of the way?

By Jörgen Johansson

Nahanni - river of dreams

The South Nahanni river of the Canadian Northwest Territories is a national park as well as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites. The lower part of the river, below Virginia Falls, twice the height of the Niagara, is travelled by a limited number of outfitters and a limited number of groups every year. It holds some of the most spectacular wilderness river canyon scenery imaginable. The upper river, with the headwaters being well outside the 30 000 sq kilometer park, is visited by very few people each year. My plan for the summer is to hike in to the headwaters across the Yukon-NWT border, which is also the continental watershed in these parts, and float down almost 600 kilometers of wilderness river in my packraft. Here are a few teasers, I'll get more specific in future postings.

By Jörgen Johansson

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