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PostPosted: August 5th, 2004, 5:11 pm 
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Location: Utah/Montana seasonally
Info on the Hood River please?
Are there any de-watered spots at low water?
What time of year is best to do this trip, peak flows etc.?
Is 45 days a reasonable time frame to accomplish a solo?
Air shuttle logistics, costs, where from/to, etc.?
Any other thoughts would be welcome


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PostPosted: August 12th, 2004, 6:09 pm 
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Hi,

I soloed the Hood in July 2000, starting July 8 at Lake 356 where the
river turns sharply east. I reached the ocean at Bathurst Inlet
on the evening of July 24. I set a pretty leisurely pace the
whole way, including a stay of 3.5 days at Wilberforce Falls. You
should have no trouble making it in 45 days, even if you start
well upstream of where I began my trip.

There was plenty of water in the river when I paddled it in early
July. It was well below flood stage, though, with no flow in the
left channel around Wilberforce Falls. I've only been down the
river once, so I can't speak to the issue of what water levels
might be like later in the season.

I chartered a float plane out of Yellowknife to get to the Hood
and back. If memory serves me, it was about CDN$2300.00 or so in
each direction.

I've been canoeing various northern rivers for about 10 yrs now,
and the Hood is my favorite so far. The scenery is spectacular
and wildlife is abundant. The trip was worth every cent I spent
on it and then some.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Regards,

Dan


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PostPosted: August 13th, 2004, 12:46 pm 
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dkelsey wrote:
Hi,

I soloed the Hood in July 2000, starting July 8 at Lake 356 where the
river turns sharply east. I reached the ocean at Bathurst Inlet
on the evening of July 24. I set a pretty leisurely pace the
whole way, including a stay of 3.5 days at Wilberforce Falls. You
should have no trouble making it in 45 days, even if you start
well upstream of where I began my trip.

There was plenty of water in the river when I paddled it in early
July. It was well below flood stage, though, with no flow in the
left channel around Wilberforce Falls. I've only been down the
river once, so I can't speak to the issue of what water levels
might be like later in the season.

I chartered a float plane out of Yellowknife to get to the Hood
and back. If memory serves me, it was about CDN$2300.00 or so in
each direction.

I've been canoeing various northern rivers for about 10 yrs now,
and the Hood is my favorite so far. The scenery is spectacular
and wildlife is abundant. The trip was worth every cent I spent
on it and then some.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Regards,

Dan


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PostPosted: November 1st, 2004, 9:34 pm 
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I have been down the Hood River four times and seen it at all water levels. If you go to my web site you can find a complete description of all its rapids right from its headwaters to Arctic Sound on the Ocean. 45 days strikes me as an excessive time to paddle the river. The longest I have ever taken is 21 days and I still had time to shoot a film as we went down. It truly is a beautiful river and has always given us a great display of wild life, including a Wolverine on one occasion. There is some portaging necessary on the river. Skull Rapids, Mason Rapid, Kingaunmiut Chutes, Kingaunmiut Falls and possibly Caribou Crossing Rapid. Wilberforce Falls of course without question. The only river that I have enjoyed more is the Back River.

George Drought

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