(Newsdesk) Hilo Moreno shot over some news about their Canada and Alaska canoe expedition. It was an incredible trip, he says, and he realizes the huge potential that Alaska has for adventure and exploration. They also share their 5 top gear items.
Apart from the lot of wildlife they saw, Hilo and Dani met interesting people, like some First Nations people in their villages and trappers living along the river.
“We met a lot of interesting people during our trip, first nations and trappers,” says Hilo. “The largest First Nation village that we have encountered is Old Crow (Canada), a great example of First Nations (Gwich´in people) cultural maintenance. There we had the chance to go salmon fishing with them, try caribou meat (Gwich‘in style) and enjoy their hospitality.”
“We also met some trappers and other inhabitants of the river. We joined a wonderful couple for a few days in their cabin in Alaska.”
The trip was easier and shorter than they thought. “We paddled around ten hours a day for 26 days in total. During the day we had lunch in the canoe and tried not to stop while in the canoe.”
They saw a lot of wild life; bears, moose, caribou, musk ox and thousands of mosquitoes, although the mosquitoes were less than they would be earlier in the season says Hilo. “We have done the trip late in the season so less bugs, therefore we have used the head nets only one day.”
The two men had seen two bears and had one bear encounter at a campsite during the night. “Scary but in the end nothing happened,” says a relieved Hilo.
“The biggest problem that we had during the trip was a few of holes in the canoe,” he added. This happened when they crushed the boat against some rocks, “the canoe was overloaded and too heavy in fast waters,” Hilo explained.
“When we saw the crack at the end of the day (14th expedition day) we thought that it would be the end of our trip. Fortunately we could fix it with a plastic bottle and some Loctite glue. It lasted until the end of our journey.”
5 most handy items
“The most important thing we have learnt about gear is to always carry good tools and repair kit with. The rest of our gear worked very good.”
Their 5 most handy items were a Leatherman tool, Iridium Satellite phone, pepper spray against bears, MSR water filter and a bottle of Spanish "Rioja" red wine, says Hilo to ExplorersWeb.
‘With this trip I realized the huge potential that Alaska has for adventure and exploration,” he added. ”Now I really know this is the beginning of several journeys in the Alaska wilderness by foot, skis, canoe or whatever.”
Spanish Hilo Moreno and team mate Daniel Requena Lambert paddled the Eagle River; from Dempster Highway (Yukon Territory, Canada) to Dalton Bridge (Alaska) in August. The route was on Eagle River, Bell River, Porcupine River, Yukon River, Dalton Bridge; a distance of around 1300 km.
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