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PostPosted: June 10th, 2008, 5:45 pm 
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After much planning and preparation, I'm about to set off on my major kayak trip of the year towards the end of the month.

The first two legs will off the north end of Van Isle, and the third, depending on weather and other variables could be a circumnavigation of Aristazabal including southern Princess Royal Island or a wet-launch paddle to Kitlope, although the Kitlope is rather extreme and in all probability I'll have to leave it til next season.

Here are potential routes:

Leg 1: http://members.shaw.ca/cyberhun/trip_2008/goog/leg_1.jpg

Leg 2: http://members.shaw.ca/cyberhun/trip_2008/goog/leg_2.jpg

Leg 3 option: http://members.shaw.ca/cyberhun/trip_2008/goog/leg3_options/circumnavigate_aristabal.jpg

Leg 3 option: http://members.shaw.ca/cyberhun/trip_2008/goog/leg3_options/wetlaunch_kitlope.jpg

Leg 4 option: http://members.shaw.ca/cyberhun/trip_20 ... Pickup.jpg

Here are pics of Princess Royal/Aristazabal:
http://www.bcwildimages.com/greatbearrainforest/large-1.html

Here are some pics of Kitlope:
http://www.bcwildimages.com/kitlope/large-1.html

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PostPosted: June 11th, 2008, 4:48 am 
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Looks great Tom! :clap:
Have a beer in the cafeteria on the Queen of Chilliwack for us! :D
If you are going to be hanging around PRI, would you mind popping into Drake Inlet and scouting for a portage trail south toward Paradise lake? :wink:


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PostPosted: June 11th, 2008, 5:44 am 
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Krusty, you mean this Paradise Lake?
53° 5'24.73"N
128°51'51.43"W

If so, then my best guess as to how to get there wouldn't be via Drake Inlet, but rather go up to the head of Surf Inlet, hike up over that dam, or little waterfall if thats what it is, it must be something because it turns Surf Inlet into Cougar Lake, then hike up Paradise Creek. From the contour lines it looks like the creek goes up about 100 feet, and there are waterfall symbols on the topo map, so forget canoeing up it. Free topo maps for all of Canada here:
http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/maps/topo/map

Or is this a trail you guys heard about? I don't know if I'll do the north end of PRI this time, but if I do, you can count on me to do my best for you guys.
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One reason for my lack of enthusiasm for that part of PRI is that they're logging the snot out of it right now, you know. Except for the odd little reserve here and there, in ten years the until-now remote and relatively pristine coastal strip will look like the interior looks like from satellite shots --- like a huge bug has been chewing little squares out of it, then in a few years when the replanted tree farms are 7 feet high, the lands adjacent to the previous cutblocks will get laid waste to, and there goes the ball game. If you want to see these areas before they become mono-culture tree farms you better play fast. I hope the devastated areas aren't where your guy's trail is ...

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Holey smoley, Tom. Between you and Monster, some of us in Ont. are turning green with envy! Some of those pix make Algon look like suburbia! :(

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PostPosted: June 11th, 2008, 7:23 am 
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Well, you'll just have to mosey on out west here and get in on the action ...

There's lots of room.

:lol:

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Actually, Monster and I have talked about a trip through PRI: a wet-exit or maybe a water-taxi from Klemtu to get us close to PRI, then up Serf Inlet and into the Cougar system up past the Paradise creek junction toward Drake. Hump it into Drake Inlet, then out the top to the ferry route for a wet-recovery.
The portage from fresh-water into Drake would only be a few hundred meters, but there is a hill to get over and it may be practically impassable. Can't quite tell from Google maps and topos. There are a couple of places that looks like it may be possible...

Anyway, it would be great if you keep us abreast of your planning and preparations.


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Klemtu is only 10km from PRI (south), and you should be able to get a wetlaunch right at that passage at the south end of PRI, you know.

And then canoe all up along the west side of PRI to Surf Inlet? Yeah, I guess it could be done, although you might find pretty lumpy water at the northern portion of that leg --- Caamano Sound is a fair sized body of water with a pretty big fetch, although on calm days it would easily be doable in a canoe, there would probably be many other days you'd want to wait it out --- as of course you already know, I'm sure.

That cross-land portion sounds cool, but do you know if there's a trail there? If there's no trail, you might find bushwacking all that way through that thick undergrowth to be a daunting task, especially packing a canoe. But I'm sure you guys will research it all thoroughly beforehand.

Hey have you read Randy's account of his bushwack from Drury Inlet into the Seymour/Belize Inlet Complex?
http://washburnemarine.com/PORTAGE.pdf

I'd be curious as to exactly what this route is you guys are thinking of --- can you draw a path with the measuring tool and save the image (from google earth), like I did to show you my route?

Yeah, for sure, any info I can contribute I will. And if you are going up the west side of PRI there's some places you'd be interested in stopping at, I'll tell you about in a PM.

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Hey Tom;
The water-taxi from Klemtu would be in case we were shore-bound when we got off the Ferry there - once into Surf Inlet we'd be sheltered.
You could get off the ferry at the top of PRI, paddle down the west side to Surf Inlet, then back up through the island's fresh-water system and back out the top.

Good luck on your trip!


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