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Saturday, July 25: Chris Gee talks about the whitewater downstream of the Sustut

[Transmitted by satellite phone]

Listen to the audio file of Chris’ blog entry.

Hi there, it’s Chris calling from the confluence of the Sustut and the Skeena.

Our camp is, as you’d expect, spectacular. We’re looking at the edge of the Slamgeesh Mountain Range, and the Skeena is very loud just downstream from where we are.

We’re in for some action tomorrow no doubt. Ali continues to swim well, and easily managed our trip from the Mosque River to our camp here on the Sustut.

Ali will face her biggest challenge thus far tomorrow, when she enters into some substantial whitewater.

The crew remains strong and focused, and our goal of the ocean nears with each of our paddle strokes.

Thanks and have a great day.

Samedi 25 juillet: Chris Gee parle d’e

[Communiqué par téléphone Satellite]

Salut la compagnie, c’est Chris qui appelle de la confluence des rivières Sustut et Skeena.

Notre camp est, comme vous vous en douteriez, spectaculaire. Nous avons une vue sur la chaine de montagne Slamgeesh et la Skeena est très bruyante en aval de là ou nous sommes.

Pas de doute, qu’il y aura de l’action demain. Ali continue à bien nager et s’est bien debrouillée pour la section entre la rivière Mosque jusqu’à notre camp, ici, à cote de la Sustut.

Ali va affronter son plus grand déi demain, quand elle s’engagera dans de l’eau vive impressionante.

L’équipe reste solide et perspicace et l’objectif de l’océan se rapproche à chaque coup de pagaie.

Merci et bonne journée.

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Posted by Alex and Jim Howard  on  07/26  at  06:29 PM

So happy to finally hear that you have made it through another long day.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Ali and the rest of the team.  GO TEAM GO!  xoxo

Posted by Brian E Eddy  on  07/27  at  04:48 AM

Elaine and I are following you Ali each and every day and thought that this little verse might help.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the river you’re swimming seems all uphill,
When your energy is low, and the rocks are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit—
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Brian and Elaine Eddy

Posted by Kristin Marvin  on  07/27  at  07:33 AM

How cool are you? I think what you are doing is the most amazing adventure. Enjoy every bit of it! I am sending you warm and positive thoughts everyday. You are a SuperStar smile
Kristin (from Glebe)

Posted by Charlotte & Jake Ryan  on  07/27  at  09:47 AM

Already a week that the Skeena Swim started.
Alison, you are so strong physically and mentally, you impress us.

We are following the daily actions on your blog.

Bonne chance

Charlotte & Jake Ryan

Posted by Greg  on  07/27  at  10:10 AM

Ali- As a homage to your endevour I hiked with three other guys about 5 hours up the Sylvia Grinnell River and rafted down on Saturday (then ate BBQ and got drunk). I’m sure the rapids we went through were nowhere near the ones you hit today, however for my first ever time swimming in the Arctic it was great.
Keep your head above water and your limbs pumping. Quite a few people Up Here in Iqaluit are rooting for you as well (I’m trying to drum up some $ from them too).

Posted by Sue Allen  on  07/27  at  11:47 AM

Hello you all!!  I am so proud of each and every one of you!  Ali, the team has let us know how strong and positive you are.  I know there’s a bit of a stubborn streak in you, and I know that’s what will carry you through.  I hear you are ahead of schedule, so sit back for a day, relax and make sure that you get a massage.  Maybe you could cook a gourmet meal by the banks of the Skeena, or sip on a glass of G&T;and think to yourself, the quicker you get this done, the quicker you get back in the kitchen!

Brian says, you’d better be here on time!
Joy says, just 3 more people for dinner, can you fit them in?
Bissy says, the tupperware drawer has gone to S@#T without you.
Tori hasn’t walked her 10 000 steps yet without you.
Kaleigh needs some new dance moves, and Shakira is not available.
Morgan needs a jogging partner as this crew is too lazy.
Sue says, This crew is driving her crazy! HELP ME….
Richard wants to know if there is anything you need done? 
and some hot guy was here asking about you…

You still want to hurry back??

Missing you,
The Bear Claw crew…......

Posted by Arleigh Slanina  on  07/27  at  12:13 PM

Thanks for new vocabulary word, Chris: Slamgeesh!
Best wishes and prayers through that whitewater you and the team are conquering, Ali!
You people are amazing, awesome, magnificent - just like the Skeena! Keep on moving! Slamgeesh!

Posted by Sonja Ostertag  on  07/27  at  05:33 PM

Good luck to all of you! I can’t wait to see you in Kispiox on the weekend. Happy swimming!

Posted by Monica Howard  on  07/28  at  09:17 AM

Big Water: Big Smiles!  Just keep your mouth closed!  YeeeHaaaaa!  We are following the adventures of the Rare, the Unique: Ali-Fish.