Some days I feel like I’m drowning. I’m being pulled to dark and icy depths by the dreaded many-tentacled kraken of logistics. The sheer enormity of planning and provisions and strategizing solutions threatens to overwhelm me, and I go into panic mode; flinging out emails and phone calls like desperate little air bubbles. Hours and hours are spent googling murky options… All in an attempt to reach the surface and gasp some air and realistic solutions.
Every once in a while, it works. My head breaks the surface, the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day on the Logistic Ship. Maybe we landed a new sponsor, found the perfect piece of gear, or made some good progress plotting our route across some far off river valley I’d never previously even heard of. It’s been interesting piecing together our route, like compiling a multi month long puzzle. Using a combo of Lena Rowat’s old maps (from the original 2001 traverse), Ryan Bougie’s google earth track from his 2013 adventure, a little beta from John Baldwin’s Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis, and just some good old fashioned asking around while pouring over maps and google earth. It’s really starting to float together now!
It hasn’t all been desperate tentacle fighting battles; some of it has been quite entertaining – like testing out this crappy little 3lbs $12.99 Canadian Tire raft on the Elk River here in Fernie.