By Co-owner and guide Michael Wald
Summer is in full swing with small groups of adventurous souls scattered about the tundra, binoculars trained on caribou, wolves, falcons and loons. I just returned from a wonderful canoe trip in the Colville Headwaters. As soon as we landed we new we were in for a great trip. Bands of caribou were on every mountain, the sun was shining and there was not a bug in sight. Starting as high on the Nuka River as we dared we spent a few days hiking along the arctic divide before inflating our boats and heading down stream. The river was so small in its headwaters that we had to line the boats at first but once a couple side creeks added to the flow it was smooth sailing. Ok not totally smooth sailing, the Nuka is fast, shallow and rocky. I was in a heavier gear laden canoe and the others paddles inflatable kayaks so we each had our own difficulties. After the first full day of paddling the kayakers gained skill and confidence and the river gained enough depth that the miles clicked by without to much trouble. I will write more about the wildlife, hiking and adventures but for now I just wanted to share a little video of longtime friend and client Jerry enjoying himself in the De Long Mountains.