This year I was planning a trip every single month this summer commencing with the Smith River Mt. in May, then the John Day in June, the Grande Ronde in July, the Lower or Main Salmon in August, the whichever of the Salmon trips I did not do in August in September. Now I am thinking about doing an Alaska, B.C. or Alberta trip around August 1 and bagging the other July-August-September trips. I am not sure that if I do one of these totally road less remote wilderness trips in Alaska or B.C. or Alberta/NW Territories that I would ever get all that excited about the rather civilized stuff here in the lower 48, that is, through rather civilized country.
So this is what I found, actually tripped onto and what I propose to do this summer (drum roll please) THE HOLY GRAIL OF MY BUCKET LIST (extended drum roll please) THE MOUNTAIN RIVER
a tributary of the Mackenzie River in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Wiki quote: "Its source is in the Mackenzie Mountains close to the watershed border with Yukon. It flows eastward, joining the Mackenzie River just south of the Arctic Circle. The river flows about 370 km (230 mi), dropping over 1,200 m (3,900 ft) over its course, with large volume rapids, fast current, and six canyons. The upper half of the river is surrounded by mountains which reach heights of over 2,700 m (8,900 ft), with rock colours of buff, grey, cinnamon, green, and maroon. Wildlife includes caribou, moose, wolf, Dall sheep, grizzly bear, and black bear. It is considered an excellent but difficult wilderness canoeing river."
This truly represents my kind of mountain river experience. Actually much better than my most ambitiously imagined truly mountain river expedition experience. Anyone done the Mountain?