Disappointment Creek, Talkeetna Mountains

The south side of the Alaska Range, the Talkeetnas, the Chugach mountains, the Kenai Peninsula and the Wrangells
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RomanDial
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Disappointment Creek, Talkeetna Mountains

Post by RomanDial » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:02 am

Brad Meiklejohn, Paul Schauer and I flew in from Talkeetna to an unnamed lake about 7 miles from boatable water on June 19. It took us three hours to walk to the put-in and another 4 hours to get to the Fairview in Talkeetna. In between the 11 miles of Disappointment took 8 hours of our full attention.

The Talkeetna was running at 6000 cfs and we had all day rain on a pretty low flow run of the Creek.

The creek is about 11 miles of paddling, with a gradient up to 300 feet/mile. We portaged 7 drops, including the two of "Sprained Ankle" and a handful of others without names and some newly formed by fresh landslides. The most impressive feat of the day was Paul cleanly dropping the 15 foot high "Three Blind Mice" and bumping my recirculating raft out of the hole at the base.

Brad and I are in agreement that this is probably the most "out there" packrafting we have done: remote, long, difficult but not particularly dangerous, and steep, with sharp rocks. But five years ago Six Mile, Little Su, and Ship Creek were all out there, too. Now they get regularly run.

Having a class V boater along in Paul Schauer was a plus.

There's a post on the trip http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2010/06 ... -hero.html and a video:



All three Llamas had thigh straps.

alaska_lanche
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Re: Disappointment Creek, Talkeetna Mountains

Post by alaska_lanche » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:05 pm

Dang Roman,

Thats some hardcore stuff for sure!!! I know you talked about having me tag along on some trips. Perhaps we should start me on "pansy runs" like sixmile, ship creek,little su, and the like prior to jumping into that. :D

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Re: Disappointment Creek, Talkeetna Mountains

Post by B.A.D. » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:08 pm

Having a little trouble with the coordinates at the beginning of the video?? Do you think I could walk into upper Clear Creek from that lake?

RomanDial
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Re: Disappointment Creek, Talkeetna Mountains

Post by RomanDial » Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:58 pm

Coordinates are Google Earth-able: (maybe you need to change your preferences to decimal degrees? maybe not?)

N 62.6190
W 149.34297

And yep, that lake is 3 miles or so south of the upper Clear (Chunilna) Creek

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