By Jörgen Johansson
So I kept my eyes well peeled and pointing downstream, to detect the slight ripples or other disturbances in the surface of the moving river that might indicate something under water best avoided. And you bet I gave drift-piles a wide berth.
I had read Joanne Moore's nice book "Nahanni Trailhead", describing her honeymoon year and would have liked to spend more time at the vicinity of the cabin, but the day was late, it was raining and my 'dry-suit' was leaking, so I moved on after taking a stroll around the building and taking some photos.
Instead I ferried across the river to a nice camp-able gravel bar with considerably fewer moskers and pitched my tarp for cooking. In the photo above there is a hint of steam at the opposite bank, where a small creek is seen to run into the Nahanni. That is where water from the hot springs enter the river.
Around 6 pm, when I had begun looking for a suitable campsuite, I ran across my friends the Limey's. While stopping to exchange a few words I was faced with an ultimatum: Would you like to have dinner with us? It is ready NOW.
Never one to walk away from a free meal, the decision was easy to make. So in a minute or two I had a stainless bowl the size of a wash basin in front of me. It contained a meal which I barely managed to internalize without bursting at the seams, but as a guest you have to do your best imitation of Homer Simpson, and I did. It was not particulary painful.
'The Cirque of the Unclimbables' is an out of the way version of the big walls in Yosemite. The name of one of the peaks, Lotus Flower Tower, indicates that it was named neither by natives nor by early white explorers, but by climbers. It is in the 'definite' guidebook "50 classic climbs of North America" and has been called "one of the most aesthetically beautiful rock faces in the world".