Watched your movie; whole 2:26 (over couple of days). Just want to say Evelyn is a-w-e-s-o-m-e. Teenage girls her age (what is she - 16-17?) spend their days texting on iPhone, shopping for clothes etc etc and she is out there with her dad 10 days in total wilderness, fording rivers, getting soaked up and eaten alive by bugs, making fire, watching wolves chasing deer and best of all she seems to be really enjoying this. Huge thumbs up!
Wow - the whole thing! Haha. Itís like the movie that never ends... you can tell we donít care about views, etc...
And yes, sheís awesome. And she really did enjoy it. Especially almost 8 full days of total isolation. There is so little of that these days.
Couple of questions
-- 10 days with no resupply is 10 days. Was your diet mostly dehydrated meals?
Two oatmeal pouches for breakfast.
A probar snack on the trail
A probar meal replacement for lunch.
Some Ritz cracker peanut butter thingies for an afternoon snack.
A camp snack to be shared upon arrival of instant mashed potato or stove top stuffing
And yes, a mountain house, backpackers pantry, alpine air, or happy yak (Quebec) dehydrated supper
Less than 2k calories per day. Helpful for Dadís tummy
We do not like to ďcookĒ or be bothered with that. Food is fuel.
-- Camps first 5-6 days. No cables for food cache? (So you need to have your own or bear canisters / ursacks)?
For 7 days no. Not until Brazeau River. There were poles between two trees, so we hung a ZPacks bear bag over it and also used an URSack as well (hung as directed) Too much food for one bag!
-- What is the deal with access from Jacques Lake to South Boundary? I day hiked to Jacques some years back and that is not a problem. Unpassable washouts/fords past Jacques because of 2013 floods?
No official access. No. You MIGHT be able to do it if you wanted , but the floods and fires pretty much destroyed the track. Very sad.
-- You talk about it but I still can't agree with fording rivers with hiking boots on. I don't care if you have gators, your feet did get wet and leather boots won't dry that fast, specially if you have rain overnight. Did you consider Keens instead of crocs? Keens give you quite a bit of stability which was from what I gathered main reason you decided to ford creeks with boots on.
I hear you and I do not disagree. I just decided to alter my plan. Hike your own hike right?
Our boots are Salomon Goretex and leak little themselves. Gators leak like crazy of course so we wear waterproof socks on days we might have to do this. I do think on this hike with Eve this was the best choice. Boots got wet by being flooded from the tops , but feet stayed dry some days. Got wet others when the socks could not keep up
Some suggestions for future
-- Try to do real close-up of park tables, so that viewer of the movie can actually read what it says. You don't have to keep it there as I can pause the movie, but bring it up close for a sec or two.
Thanks. I will do this for sure.
-- As you obviously enjoy wilderness, try to graduate to higher elevation trails. South Boundary is classic Jasper, but it's just too much walking in the woods. There are many backpacks in the Rockies where you can have whole 4-5 days in the alpine (think Jonas/Poboktan, but whole day long). Things like this won't be described in Patton/Robinson guide though.
Weíve seen Jonas and Poboktan when we did the Brazeau loop. I agree though. I am more interested this year with isolation. Less people. Next year I will start exploring white goat and other less travelled areas. For sure.
Overall terrific stuff (way, way better than Marty Showboat stuff), and really appreciate campground tours as well as detail views of hardest bits (fords, bridge crossings etc). Makes planning much easier for someone following in your footsteps.