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by chris erickson
Wed May 24, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 7059

Re: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

No new wood; Ice in one section but passable and a non-issue. Take out is still an adventure with the new private property. Goal is to have a solid trail system built this summer for easy access and quick canyon laps.
by chris erickson
Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 7059

Re: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

The normal take out is now blocked off by private property. Park at the top of the hill where the ATV trail begins. After 5 min or less there is a picnic table. One minute further there is a "parking spot" - basically a small pull out - on the left. You can access the river here via a faint trail. T...
by chris erickson
Sun Jul 03, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Sanctuary River
Replies: 2
Views: 915

Re: Sanctuary River

From the Sanctuary to the Nenana ... I assume you're talking about basically putting in on the Park Road and floating North, joining the Teklanika, and then to the Tanana River, correct? If so, you'll encounter a difficult canyon that is 3 miles long or so about 1 hour after putting in as the Sanctu...
by chris erickson
Mon May 02, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: 2016 Guardrail/Redgate
Replies: 0
Views: 665

2016 Guardrail/Redgate

Good to go. Ice and wood are non-issues. Happy boating.
by chris erickson
Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Sanctuary River and Alpacka Gnu
Replies: 2
Views: 3409

Re: Sanctuary River and Alpacka Gnu

Quick Correction....The Sanctuary Gage is active and available online:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrogra ... 2&wfo=pafg

--chris
by chris erickson
Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 7059

Re: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

The South Fork of Montana Boaters Coalition (SoFoMoBoCo) did some wood work the other day, but there is still a bit more to be done. The log immediately above Big Sky Ledge is gone thanks to Coley. Most of the wood below the Big Sky (Lower) Canyon is gone thanks to Coley (though there are still two ...
by chris erickson
Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 7059

Re: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

The drops below Big Sky are good to go. Big Sky is runnable, but a small amount of work on that one piece of wood would go a long ways. There is a log or two below the canyon on the run-out back to the take-out, but they are easily managed.
by chris erickson
Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 7059

2014 Montana Creek South Fork Canyon

There is quite a bit of wood in the SoFo Canyon this year. I suspect it was also there last year, though I didn't run it due to low water and am not sure. Above Big Sky Ledge are at least 7 trees that must be portaged with several more spots to duck under or scoot around. The upper-canyon drops are ...
by chris erickson
Thu May 23, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 7059

Re: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

No way, not even close. Just in case anyone else thought that there was some miraculous way the SF was open for business. Looks to be weeks, not days, from being runnable. The main Montana from Yoder to the Parks appears to be open, which got my hopes up, but you could still run a snowmachine up muc...
by chris erickson
Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: Northwest
Topic: East Fork Lewis River - Washington near Mt. St. Helens
Replies: 0
Views: 1226

East Fork Lewis River - Washington near Mt. St. Helens

There is ample information available on kayaking sites for this river, but I thought I'd put up a few pictures in case anyone else wants to run this in a PR. The EFL is an amazing run with many class III rapids, a few class IV, and two substantial waterfalls. Both of these waterfalls are surprisingl...
by chris erickson
Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: "Waikiki" -- The best of Honolulu
Replies: 4
Views: 2635

Re: "Waikiki" -- The best of Honolulu

Two of us followed the "Waikiki" route that Roman documented and ran Honolulu a few weeks back. I didn't think the hiking could beat the Hardage approach to the Upper East Fork of the Chulitna, but it was definitely better. The water level was super, super low (see the end of the video) and we scrap...
by chris erickson
Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bull River
Replies: 7
Views: 8837

Re: Bull River

Mark, Will, and I ran the Bull River last week. This easily made the "top 5 reasons why a PR was one of the best purchases I ever made" list. The only disappointment was that it didn't last longer. http://www.northridgecc.net/chris/Bull1.jpg Mark Paddling the First Canyon http://www.northridgecc.net...
by chris erickson
Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ruth Glacier to Talkeetna via Backside Lake
Replies: 1
Views: 1279

Re: Ruth Glacier to Talkeetna via Backside Lake

Two of us ran the upper reaches of Alder Creek from the Whistler/Alder confluence down to where it dives back in to the Ruth. Then we ran/schwacked our way down the lower part (really a different river alltogether) like Cody & Meagan's crew. Not going to give too much info on it so we don't spoil th...
by chris erickson
Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Clear Creek variation
Replies: 1
Views: 1202

Re: Clear Creek variation

by chris erickson
Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: trip report from May 2009 Rainier/White River trip
Replies: 3
Views: 1758

Re: trip report from May 2009 Rainier/White River trip

Has anyone tried the White River since this last trip report? Is it still strainer filled? Tom - was it worth it, even with all the logs? What class water would you call it? Thanks-
chris
by chris erickson
Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:10 am
Forum: Northeast
Topic: Adirondacks
Replies: 1
Views: 2748

Re: Adirondacks

Any ideas for more info on the Adirondacks? I'll be visiting my brother and would love to introduce him to PRing. Class V gorge probably won't do - is there a kayaking guidebook for this area? Never been to this area and have no idea about anything (water levels, time of year, etc.).

Cheers-
chris
by chris erickson
Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Cantwell Creek to Windy Creek - A Beginner Link Up (almost)
Replies: 0
Views: 955

Cantwell Creek to Windy Creek - A Beginner Link Up (almost)

Perhaps you'll find yourself in my shoes - 3 cousins and 2 of their friends aged 13-17 coming to visit for a week or so - and are in need of a gentle yet fun river to float. We floated Cantwell Creek, starting at Broad Pass, linked it up with Windy Creek north of Cantwell, and found it to be nearly ...
by chris erickson
Mon May 23, 2011 11:38 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Windy Creek (Denali National Park)
Replies: 2
Views: 2626

Re: Windy Creek (Denali National Park)

Windy is running pretty low but still doable right now. A couple spots were bony but all of it goes. The trail hiking in is dry at first but then typically boggy. One heads up for anyone running this creek in the near future: About a half mile or so past the railroad bridge there is a river-wide ice...
by chris erickson
Tue May 17, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Chulitna (lower section)
Replies: 3
Views: 1289

Re: Chulitna (lower section)

Take advantage of the tourist season! Every day (multiple times a day, it's either every hour or every other hour but I can't remember) the Princess Lodge runs a shuttle from Mt. McKinley Princess to Talkeetna and back. If you go to Mahays in downtown Talkeetna and talk to the Princess shuttle drive...
by chris erickson
Mon May 16, 2011 11:44 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Coffee River, Alaska Range
Replies: 5
Views: 2040

Re: Coffee River, Alaska Range

This river is big time. Call the Talkeetna Ranger Station and ask for Mik or Tuck for specifics, but it is burly. They each tell the story with a "I'd never do it again" tone in their voice!
by chris erickson
Mon May 16, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Ohio Creek - Alaska Range
Replies: 3
Views: 1745

Re: Ohio Creek - Alaska Range

Call the Backcountry Rangers up in Denali. Brian & Alonzo ran it (starting from the park road, I believe) in PRs last year. Fairly mild from what I recall. You can hike in to Ohio Creek very quickly from the Parks Hwy using existing trails and a footbridge across the Chu.

chris
by chris erickson
Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper East Fork Chulitna River or Upper West Fork of same
Replies: 13
Views: 13017

Re: Upper East Fork Chulitna River

Mik Shain and I followed the Hardage Creek approach advice a few weeks back. It is an amazing hike and spectacular float. After going through the pass, we contoured left and walked the ridge down to the river - highly recommended for anyone headed there. Mik is also a creative video editor and we fi...