TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild by Robert Glenn Ketchum
In 1990, I was invited on a 10-day float down the Tatshenshini, a huge river system flowing from Western Canada to the Pacific Ocean that literally divides two of North America's largest national parks, Canada's Kluane National Park and Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. A gold mine was being proposed mid-river. I broke the story in LIFE magazine. There were many other articles and a book. The mine was never developed and the river is now a wilderness corridor. This is a conservation SUCCESS story!
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #56
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #56: The pilots intended to go up-and-over the coastal range to reach the #Tatshenshini corridor. So, as we gained elevation, I got one last remarkable look at the #AlsekRiver as it wound its way across the #YakutatForelands to the #Pacific. This image demonstrates the danger of floating a river of this size. If you recall, earlier in this blog (posts #14-16), I told the story of the catastrophic morning “mistake” that threw #CeliaHunter into the Tat, and nearly drowned one of our guides. That incident came about because our “cargo” raft was almost pulled down the “wrong” braid in the river by the strong current. At river level, it's often difficult to tell which is the “right” braid. The wrong one may ground, or trap, a boat. Look at the meandering confusion in the upper-third of this image (which we floated through). Even from this “eagle’s view” it's difficult to recognize the “right” braid. THIS is where the experience of a river guide is essential. Thank you to our excellent guide, Dick Rice, for keeping it a GREAT trip for all!
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