I work as a Wildland Firefighter up north in Canada and last year I took a trip through the North West Territories with a friend. Our plan was to get as close to the Nahanni Mountain Range as we could, drawn to its jagged peaks and vast river systems. Upon arrival, we were bummed to find there was no road access to the range, which left us rather far from our desired location. We were determined to make the best of it and searched for other options. We ended up finding a winter road on the map and hoped by traveling in that direction we could at least camp close to the river. Once at the river, we met a native man waiting for friends so he could boat them back up to his remote community. After telling him of our goal, he loudly proclaimed he’d be happy to take us up river so we could climb the prominent 1500m peak that hovered over the river, about 20 minutes north by boat. We of course, jumped at the opportunity. A wild adventure laid waiting for us; we got lost, ran into a bear, and eventually ran out of food and water. Melted snow and 10-year-old expired rations found in an abandoned fire tower became the fuel for the remainder of our trek. And after all that, I can’t wait to head back this year.
Check out the video from the adventure HERE!