The end of a landmark

27 Oct
We have a subscription to the Deh Cho Drum, which is the the Northern News Service paper for the Deh Cho region of the Northwest Territories.  It’s a great little paper that takes just 10 to 15 minutes to read most weeks, and it helps us keep track of friends, stories, business opportunities, and other interesting going-ons (is that a word?) in our former home territory.
 
On Page 3 of the most recent issue, there is a picture of a bunch of guys at the cabin at Deadman Valley on the South Nahanni River.  Michae and I rafted the river with friends a few years ago, and I recognized the cabin right away — there aren’t exactly a lot of structures along the Nahanni.  The article describeed the busy season the park has just had and stated that the fellows in the picture had been hired to move the cabin 100 feet back from its original spot because the shoreline had been eroded by spring flooding this year.
 
Apparently, the flooding was pretty intense this spring.  It even swept away the gravel bar at Figure 8 Rapids, also known as Hell’s Gate.  The unique configuration of the canyon walls and the gravel bar combined to create some really unique whitewater — with water moving, yes, in a Figure 8. This was considered the most difficult set of rapids on the river.  It’s hard to believe that it’s gone.
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One Response to “The end of a landmark”

  1. Meandering October 28, 2006 at 12:46 pm #

    I\’m glad the got the chance to run these legendary rapids when they were still around.  Let\’s go back next summer and see how they\’ve changed!

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