Sunday, July 9, 2017

Burning the Tyers

Grant and I walked into the remote and seldom (like, I have heard of one party to paddle it in the past 30 years) visited Tyers river in the South East Yukon.  They spoke of portages, canyons and epics.
Access is off the CanTung road via old mining roads and animal trails.
The Tyers flows into Frances lake, and to make the loop, you then paddle down the Frances river to the bridge on the CanTung road.  The Frances has its own fun with a BIG water class III canyon just below the Tuchitua river.  Watch for monster holes and waves!
We found fantastic white water, canyons galore (all runnable) and beautiful country.  At least it seemed to be, what we could see of it given that it poured rain and the river was flooding.
A classic that should be be on your Yukon hit list, given its easy one day walk-in access and quality white water.

Packrafting the Tyers River from Yukon Frolics on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Upper Wheaton Run 2017

The Upper Wheaton Run is becoming something of a Yukon PR classic.
Not yet a trade route, as there aren't that many PR's around, but it will get there.
Paul Burbidge, aka The Surveyor General has documented this classic with many fine nug's on his exposure site .
Thanks Paul B, Josh, and Dylan for another good trip.

Hiking in Friday night after work.
Lot of snow up there....

Loving the sun.

Lots of wallowing in deep, isothermic snow.

The creek below had blown out earlier in the day.

Amazing evening light.

9PM, Friday night.

Following Sheep trails up the ridge and avoiding the snow.

More isothermal snowpack.  Making poor time and considering camping in the pass as its 10:30 PM.
No campfire in the trees tonight sadly. 

It snowed all night.

More isothermal snow for breakfast.

We would have had snow free walking the night before if we had carried on.

Radelet peak.


The views never get boring.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Carrying a PFD for Packrafting

You know how much of a PITA it is to carry a PFD.
Bulky, so they take up room in your pack, same goes for the exterior, and they are always snagging bush.
If you own an HMG Porter, this system works well.
The Porter Stuff Pocket is a pretty much necessary add on to these packs, and if you have one, stuffing the PFD behind it is a great way to keep things sleek.
However, the plastic gimcracks that hold the pocket to the daisy chains on the pack are fiddly at best, and pretty much eliminate any sort of quick release function.
Solution: use some accessory 'biners (I like the plastic Black Diamonds)to attach the pocket to the daisy chains.  You can cut the old plastic ones off if you like.
Now, you can place the PFD under the pocket, and use the pocket to hold the FD in place and out of the way.  Depending on the PFD, you can vary the placements of the pocket straps to the daisy chains quickly and easily.
Speaking of PFDs, while the Astral V8 seems to be a standard light weight, it does lack back protection and a bit of buoyancy.
You can pick and chose from many excellent (heavy, bulky) rescue PFDs, but for remote trips, my own philosophy is that if you are getting into situations where a rescue PFD seems like a necessity, you are either willing to carry a lot more weight and bulk than I am, or, maybe consider scaling back the gnar.
Regardless, after much research, I settled on the NRS Ion as a good compromise PFD.  Its not a rescue PFD, but it does have good back protection and high buoyancy.  Bonus, its not much heavier than the V8, and its not bulky.  No zippers to mess with either.
This can be tidied up by tucking the straps behind, but you get the idea.
BD accessory 'biner.