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riverwiki:rivers:upper_upper_red_deer_river_skoki_valley [April 20, 2016]
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riverwiki:rivers:upper_upper_red_deer_river_skoki_valley [April 20, 2016] (current)
ksmith [Upper Upper Red Deer River (Skoki Valley)]
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 Hey guys, Hey guys,
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 Boulder Pass was an easy climb and rewarded us with a fantastic view of Ptarmigan and Baker Lakes: both still partially covered in ice, but with rushes and early spring flowers popping at the margins. We scooted down to the lake, and it was a very welcome relief to pull the boat along effortlessly in the water beside me instead of lugging it through mud. Boulder Pass was an easy climb and rewarded us with a fantastic view of Ptarmigan and Baker Lakes: both still partially covered in ice, but with rushes and early spring flowers popping at the margins. We scooted down to the lake, and it was a very welcome relief to pull the boat along effortlessly in the water beside me instead of lugging it through mud.
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 I took some time to congratulate myself on how smart I was to have bought new sandals just for this trip. They were way more packable than hiking boots, and easily moved from mud to rocks to streams without getting soggy. I took some time to congratulate myself on how smart I was to have bought new sandals just for this trip. They were way more packable than hiking boots, and easily moved from mud to rocks to streams without getting soggy.
  
 Deception Pass was really hard. I was out of shape, you'll probably fare better. The pathway is steep and rather unrelenting. The muddy scree grabbed my boat and threatened to defeat me with every step. By the time we got to the top, both Brice and I were muddy, gasping for breath, and dripping sweat. We collapsed without enjoying the view. I was busy questioning my life decisions and struggling for air, but I think Brice was using the last iota of his strength and wifi signal to unfriend me on facebook. The thing he still doesn'​t know is that, if you can read a topo map, you'd probably chose to go the OTHER way around Fossil Mountain, past Baker Lake... um... just due to the fact that THAT way is entirely down hill. On the other hand, the view through your tears from the top of Deception Pass could be described as “nice”. “Very nice,” even. Deception Pass was really hard. I was out of shape, you'll probably fare better. The pathway is steep and rather unrelenting. The muddy scree grabbed my boat and threatened to defeat me with every step. By the time we got to the top, both Brice and I were muddy, gasping for breath, and dripping sweat. We collapsed without enjoying the view. I was busy questioning my life decisions and struggling for air, but I think Brice was using the last iota of his strength and wifi signal to unfriend me on facebook. The thing he still doesn'​t know is that, if you can read a topo map, you'd probably chose to go the OTHER way around Fossil Mountain, past Baker Lake... um... just due to the fact that THAT way is entirely down hill. On the other hand, the view through your tears from the top of Deception Pass could be described as “nice”. “Very nice,” even.
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 Let's return to my footwear choice. Once we recovered our breath and had a bit of snack, I slowly became aware of the fact that perhaps my sandals weren'​t perfectly comfortable right out of the box from the store, after all.  In fact, it was very possible that they were causing me no pain simply because my feet were numb with cold. I slipped on my neoprene paddling socks and poured hot water into them. It should have been less hot, but it did have the unfortunate effect of bringing the feeling back to my cold, bleeding, and now scalded feet.  Four years later and I still have scars from those sandals. Let's return to my footwear choice. Once we recovered our breath and had a bit of snack, I slowly became aware of the fact that perhaps my sandals weren'​t perfectly comfortable right out of the box from the store, after all.  In fact, it was very possible that they were causing me no pain simply because my feet were numb with cold. I slipped on my neoprene paddling socks and poured hot water into them. It should have been less hot, but it did have the unfortunate effect of bringing the feeling back to my cold, bleeding, and now scalded feet.  Four years later and I still have scars from those sandals.
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