2012 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic Info
I haven’t found anyone who has done this trip before. It promises beautiful terrain but is likely to be very challenging due to thick brush, steep drainages, and unrunnable rivers.
Minimum length: ~120 miles
Floatable: ~30 miles at best
Start: Thompson Pass
East to Marshall Pass
Down Tasnuna River to Copper River at Bremner Dunes
Cross Copper River at Bremner Dunes
Bushwhack through the Chugach Mountains- several options
Float parts of the Chakina or parallel drainages to the McCarthy Road
Tasnuna: Class II+ except for a “lethally unrunnable canyon” at 1200-1000 feet elevation. [I intend to put in around 900 feet.]
Copper: Class II. 50,000 – 150,000 cfs, 9-12 mph, large hydraulics, eddys, whirlpools. My main concern regarding the Copper River crossing is that adiabatic winds rip up valley from morning to dusk. The winds will almost certainly prevent a safe crossing during the day. I plan to cross at night, but the prospect of swimming a huge, cold, fast river at night is disturbing!
Bremner: Class III+ to unrunnable. The Bremner River is known as “The River of the Ten B’s”: brown water, big boulders, bugs, bears, bad rapids, bushes, bad weather, big boulders, and big bucks.
Tana: Class IV. “The bold or unlucky boater running down the middle of the river in some of the drops would encounter true violence, easily flipping a 16-foot raft, and with holes that even a thrill-seeking, adrenaline-junkie, death-kayaker would avoid.“
Chakina: Class V at medium-high water [early July]. “Any party considering the Chakina should feel quite confident of its technical expertise… the greatest threat to kayakers is undoubtedly logjams… When the West Fork comes in from the left, the river nearly doubles in volume, steepens, and begins dropping into a canyon about 7 miles in length. The river increases again substantially in volume after the Klu RIver joins (also from the left), and the biggest drops follow… hardly slows down at all on the way to the Chitina…”
I DO NOT PLAN TO SPEND ANY TIME ON THESE WATERS!
I’ll be posting information and photos from the area as I find them. Also FYI, historical AMWC info and blog.
Tebay Lakes to Upper Klu River
Klu River region (and an incredible trip before and after it!)
Bremner Air Strip region (first photos)
Added 1/24/2012 (Thanks Mike!) “This is easily the roughest trip we’ve ever published.”
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