South Prince of Wales Wilderness Packraft Traverse
May 13, 2022 at 6:21 pm #3749231Paddy MBPL Member
Companion forum thread to: South Prince of Wales Wilderness Packraft Traverse
Last spring, BJ Brewer, Matt Gelso and I made a 15 day packraft-based crossing of the South Prince of Wales Wilderness on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. The idea of this trip was to traverse a rarely visited wilderness area, spend time in old growth costal rainforest, and fish some of the most remote and rarely visited steelhead streams in the United States.May 13, 2022 at 6:45 pm #3749232David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
What an amazing trip, thanks for writing it up! I’ve only been to POW for work (toxic waste sites, of which it has a surprising variety) but those remaining unlogged portions are otherworldly.
Find any caves or karst? POW is probably the most likely place to find completely virgin passage in the US and/or caverns unvisited for thousands of years perhaps holding clues to the peopling of the Americas if it was along the coastline.
Since PSP would be a wide-spread event, I’d try a very little bit and be alert to symptoms, increasingly one’s harvest (or, ideally, a companion’s intake) over time. And avoid whole mussels with their viscera versus clams or scallops of which you prepare only the muscle.
Lots of options to harvest protein. That early in the year, I’ve braised fern fiddleheads. I think you have to pack in your carbs. Plus the butter and garlic for the fish, fiddleheads and shellfish.
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