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Aleks' Story

Nonstop Whitewater Action: Aleks goes down the Mountain River on an adventure full of thrills, challenges – and incredible beauty.

 

Canoeing down the Mountain

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Tanja and Aleks Gusev posing atop the “Moonscape,” a particularly interesting formation of stones near the Mountain River.

Tanja and Aleks Gusev posing atop the “Moonscape,” a particularly interesting formation of stones near the Mountain River.

Grizzly Meadows, a stunning, almost perfectly flat campsite two days downstream from the Mountain River headwaters.

Food to die for, courtesy of Al and Taylor Pace from Canoe North Adventure, Aleks’ guides on this trip.

Paddling hard after a four-course meal: trip-mates Ramsay Derry (in the bow) and Taylor Pace (in stern).

“Frequent stops along the river were always welcomed,” says Aleks. “They afforded us the opportunity to stretch our weary legs and get into the snack barrel!”

Mountain River offers perfect scenery that fishermen on the trip found hard to resist.

The vantage from the massive Tufa Mound, with Mackenzie Mountains framing the horizon.

“Canyons on the Mountain are ‘box canyons,’ a dark, alien world,” says Aleks. “The walls crouch on you from all sides and you’re never sure what’s around the next bend. Some of the rock formations are incredible. We’re catching our breath here after the Second Canyon.”

“Canyons on the Mountain are ‘box canyons,’ a dark, alien world,” says Aleks. “The walls crouch on you from all sides and you’re never sure what’s around the next bend. Some of the rock formations are incredible. We’re catching our breath here after the Second Canyon.”

The river becomes more swollen and clearer after the Stone Knife tributary joins the Mountain. “It’s Shangri-la and a paddlers’ paradise.”

The river becomes more swollen and clearer after the Stone Knife tributary joins the Mountain. “It’s Shangri-la and a paddlers’ paradise.”

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Tanja and Aleks Gusev posing atop the “Moonscape,” a particularly interesting formation of stones near the Mountain River.
Grizzly Meadows, a stunning, almost perfectly flat campsite two days downstream from the Mountain River headwaters.
Food to die for, courtesy of Al and Taylor Pace from Canoe North Adventure, Aleks’ guides on this trip.
Paddling hard after a four-course meal: trip-mates Ramsay Derry (in the bow) and Taylor Pace (in stern).
 “Frequent stops along the river were always welcomed,” says Aleks. “They afforded us the opportunity to stretch our weary legs and get into the snack barrel!”
Mountain River offers perfect scenery that fishermen on the trip found hard to resist.
The vantage from the massive Tufa Mound, with Mackenzie Mountains framing the horizon.
“Canyons on the Mountain are ‘box canyons,’ a dark, alien world,” says Aleks. “The walls crouch on you from all sides and you’re never sure what’s around the next bend. Some of the rock formations are incredible. We’re catching our breath here after the Second Canyon.”
The river becomes more swollen and clearer after the Stone Knife tributary joins the Mountain. “It’s Shangri-la and a paddlers’ paradise.”