Monday, 15th August. By Paul.
There are few bridges in Kluane, so rivers must be crossed by walking through them. Techniques vary depending on the size of the river and just because it is called a “creek” it is not necessarily small.
Water levels go up quickly and go down fast as well…clear creeks can become muddy in minutes, as we saw when we crossed Canada creek on the way back from Kasgawulsh glacier…looking back we saw the creek brown with mud while we could see the rocks in the water when we crossed.
Usually in fast flowing rapids, one uses a pole, faces upstream and then steps sideways/backwards across. More braiding of the water, the better. Glacial streams are freezing cold, and exposed skin is painful after a minute of immersion. Booties are great for keeping the feet warm; sandals are brutally cold. According to Kama, knee-deep is a highly subjective measure.
As for Hoonah and Raven “puppies”, they seemed to leap across the surface of the water and probably wondered why their owners took so long to cross.