Stikine River Wrap Up
Just like Willie Kern said, “Nothing has changed, but everything is different”.
Our trip down the river was an absolute success. We had a blast, visited one of the most beautiful, daunting and formidable places on earth, and made it out the other side to tell the tale. Our level was around 8-9,000 cfs, on the low side for sure. We all are currently having nightmares of returning to the Stikine ‘con agua’. Somewhere around 15,000 cfs that place will just go off, and we can’t wait to be in there.
The drive was epic, both ways, but worth it all. The put-in town, Dease Lake, was a real experience to visit, seeing how the people live up in the far north (i.e. 90% of the town is drunk by 6pm and the hep is rampant). Twin Peaks-esque for sure.
Every one of us, in their own way and time, recognized how lucky and fortunate we were to share such a special place, hoping to keep the memories alive forever.
We are all real proud to have been there with Nikki, during the first female descent of the Stikine, but in the end it was just another trip for the girl.
She said it best, “I don’t really feel like it was an individual accomplishment. We came here as a team and that is how we got down the river.” Modest as always, her actions speak all that needs to be heard.
The formidable Ms. Nikki Kelly, post head wound from Polk Deters’ inner van cabinet, sustained while asleep and riding down a very rough road.
photo by John Grace