I've hunted there several times, and know a bit about the island but I've only been to the alpine once to help a friend pack out.
I plan on renting a Kayak or Canoe to paddle to a spot, pull it up and stash it, and then climb to the top in August. The spot I'm looking at has several areas of Alpine, but I wanted to know what you guys think about following a pretty good river/crick up a major drainiage, and then make one climb up? I'm figuring there have to be some pretty good bear trails along the side of this river/crick which I can follow for about a mile, and then climb.
What's been your experience following creeks up a valley? It looks relativly flat until I need to start climbing.
Also, if you find a series of Alpine that seems to connect up top via ridges and spines, do you find it alot easier to just stay high to move even though it's a bit longer rather then coming down, moving, and then climbing again? I know there is nothing easy about an early August hunt and I'm trying to get some info.
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