Incomappleux

I just returned from an incredible trip to the Incomappleux River (aka Fish River) north of Nakusp- a couple of hundred km’s from here but about as remote a wilderness as you can find so close to civilization.

Remote is a relative term, of course. Some people freak out when they drive between Revelstoke and Nelson because there are only a couple gas stations, and a ferry. Looking east from that ferry, one can see a valley called the Incomappleux that stretches deep into uncharted waters- literally. I accompanied eight local (Revelstoke and Kootenay area) paddlers for a six day descent of the river- the first successful one on record. Another group in 2003 did not survive the journey and much of our information about the river was owing to search and rescue efforts following that tragedy. The surviving member of that fateful trip walked out for six days beside the river and I think I got a sense of what physical hardship he experienced, albeit I was supposedly doing it for fun.

You’ll have to wait until next spring to read all about it in Kootenay Mountain Culture magazine but in the meantime here are a few pics from this expedition. Have you ever hiked over a mountain pass for 2.5 days with 120lbs of gear and a boat strapped to your back? Me neither and it doesn’t look like fun! Needless to say the boys made it down the river after much hard work, a couple of floods, a few bear encounters, many blisters and some campfire stories. I need to amend my last blog post about “minus the friends” because no doubt, I have spilled blood with these boys and we more or less share a special bond now, sealed by devil’s club thorns. Thanks to them for asking me to join the trip and hike alongside what looked like a beautiful and at times scary-as-hell river to paddle!

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Posted on 09/18 at 04:25 PM | Comments