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Old 01-04-2014   #1
Boise, Idaho
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Tatshenshini/Alsek advice

We got a permit to take out at Dry Bay on June 10th, meaning we will put in probably May 31st. We have heard that this may be too early to do this trip, due to bad weather, the road to Dalton Post, ice and snow. Has anyone done this trip this early, or know the area well, and have advice? Thanks.

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Old 01-04-2014   #2
Bozeman, MT
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Add Alsek lake still being frozen to your list of potential issues! This is a possibility during any time of the season, but especially early. It's a weird concept, but the river flows into a huge lake with icebergs. You have to scout a clean line. Did a trip last august, found a route. But a trip a few days later got stuck and had to hire a helicopter to sling there stuff out of the lake. Expeeeeeencive! Look up Stan Bore in Haines, he owns Alaska River Outfitters. He is the main outfitter for most gear rentals and shuttles. He the most knowledgeable source of info for the Tat/Alsek.

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Old 01-04-2014   #3
Colo Springs, Colorado
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Yes, ya gotta contact Stan and pick his brain. He will know what you need to know.

I was there in early July about 6 years ago. There were a lot of icebergs in Alsek Lake.
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Old 01-04-2014   #4
Boise, Idaho
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Thanks for the advice, I'll do that. The ranger told us that it would be possible to portage along the channel that goes behind gateway knob, and to avoid the entrance to the lake altogether. Does anyone have experience doing that?
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Last august we took "door 3" I believe this is the route the ranger is talking about around the lake. It seems like there is not always water in this channel. Far river right basically. This would be a bitch to portage 18ft rafts and gear, I have heard third hand that people have done the portage. Probably a mile or so, and would take an entire day.
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