I belatedly would like to thank everyone on the Buzz who shared their thoughts on logistics for our July Boundary to Heller trip. We were on the river for a total of 23 days and had a blast with friends old and new.
Here are a few things we learned, the hard way, because where’s the fun otherwise?
Go light on the Middle Fork below 2ft means GO LIGHT ON THE MIDDLE FORK BELOW 2FT, ha! We flew in some heavy coolers etc but our green cat was still too heavy. Really, Dave (my dearly beloved) do we need 60 lbs of rescue gear? That's life with an ICU nurse, honestly they start at death and work backwards..... We were never badly stuck but thrutching the boat off the rocks we did park upon would have been a lot less work with a lighter boat.
Take a chance! We blind dated on the Middle Fork with wonderful Tom and his group. OK, so we both admitted to some cyber stalking and had asked the all-important questions re drug and alcohol tolerance on the river. Still it was a twelve day blind date; these guys could have been axe murders or Republicans for all we knew. The eight of us had a wonderful time on the Middle Fork, lots of hiking and slow mornings in camp, we were in no hurry as we had the full 8 days before we could continue on from Corn Creek.
It all works out in the end! Logistics were a nightmare as my usual running group had a Selway permit and were watching water levels hoping there would be enough for them to float. We had to have contingencies for contingencies as we didn’t know who was coming in at Corn until we were driving toward Stanley. There was considerable relief when we were rowing into the wind/rain/thunderstorm somewhere between Cache and Corn and looked up to see a familiar red truck and loaded trailer bouncing down the road.
A case of beer is 24 cans not 12! OK, so in my defense I don’t like or drink beer, probably shouldn’t have been the one putting in the group order for the Corn resupply! Thankfully this faux pas was discovered before we drove back to Stanley with the gear to fly into Indian and I was able to leave messages with the guys coming in.
When your beer order gets doubled because you left the same message to two friends it will be consumed between Corn and Carey! That one should have been obvious even to the non-beer drinker.
One shower in 23 days is quite sufficient! Thanks to friends with a cabin in Riggins this was a reality.
The Salmon River is amazingly awesome! Dave and I thought “lets do this once, just because we can”. Would we do it again? Hell yeah!
So many thanks Buzz without this forum this would never have happened. We now have new river friends and great river memories.