a buddy and i solo-boated the Talkeetna canyon this past summer and i am still, cosmically feeding off of that trip.
gosh, what a rush. i was arguably, under-skilled to make this run but i had spent 2 years psyching myself up and then down for this trip, doing hours of research and annoying the hell out of friends and folks i had never met(this forum). in the days leading to the trip it rained hard for a week or more and i had serious cold feet. i was a ball of nerves and fear. by the time it was fly out day, i had this crazy-"if you don't go, you won't forgive yourself. man up". it really was a boating, coming of age for me. i had been thru bigger water but the conditions on this trip were much different for all sorts of reasons. high water, isolation, canyon setting, big holes, no rescue boat. the funniest thing, i don't remember much. i was so keyed up for the canyon that i hardly remember prairie creek, the talkeetna and the other tribs. you can see the intensity on my face in many of the pre-canyon pics. what a rush. in hindsight, i wish i would have stopped to smell the roses a bit more. that is definitely a lesson learned. the whole trip turned into a bootcamp type feel because of the intensity of the looming canyon and all that i had heard about its attributes. it is trips like this that get a guy thru a long, cold winter. i'm hitting the talachulitna for my 2009 fly out and plan to do a bunch of one and two night packrafting adventures as well. i can't wait to get back out there and apply what i have learned over the years to make these trip as memorable as past trips. btw, i really enjoy this forum. it is my new cpu crack and great winter threads like this are a big reason. hug the corners, attack the water, be safe and stop to smell the roses. take care, abel6wt