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Monday, July 20: The night before departure

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It’s the eve of the start of our journey, and I wonder how I will be able to sleep tonight. So many people have worked so hard to get us here. Some of us for years. Now it’s my turn to shoulder — literally — the burden.

The drive into the headwaters was one of wonder and excitement. Lunch at the top of Mount Klappan where we spotted caribou and scouled at Shell’s test wells.

[Video of the Sacred Headwaters, Shell’s test wells for coalbed methane, and the start of the Skeena.]

We passed a small lake with two outlets: one that flows into the Stikine and one into the skeena. A short hike up the hill from the lake leads to Nass Lake, the source of the Nass, the third river born from the Sacred Headwaters.

After too long being cooped up in the trucks, we arrived at Spencer’s flats. It is more beautiful than any picture could capture, and the air is filled with the heady smell of thousands of wildflowers.

Today we hiked up one of the surrounding mountains. Everyone was happy to move after two days of driving. The view was truly spectacular and I had chills following the snaking path of the nascent Skeena below.

After a satisfying dinner, the team has dispersed to get ready for tomorrow. We’re stoked for Jimmy’s arrival by helicopter in the morning and even more excited to get on the river.

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Posted by Heather  on  07/25  at  12:45 PM

I think that what you are doing is so amazing! Good luck!!

Posted by Vinyl Banner Printing  on  07/28  at  05:08 PM

I love swimming, I’ve been swimming for over a decade. I can effortless swim 4km as daily routine.
Sometimes I does get boring. I wish I could have a challenge of me against nature. I can effortless swim 4km, I could swim like 6 o 7 km with an effort.

I want to swim accros a lake that’s about 4km long.
I would love to swim from one island to another island maybe a few kms of distance.Vinyl Banner Printing