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  • The Saw-Sal-Way.

    A ~310 mile traverse of Idaho using skis and packrafts.

    https://mikesee.exposure.co/the-sawsalway


  • #2
    Wow, what an awesome trip. So you were carrying the rafts on your packs? That does sound like quite a burden.

    Shoutout to whoever was on the Objectives.

    ETA: I've rafted that section of the middle fork in the summer. It is stunningly beautiful and remote. Can't imagine the logistical and physical challenges with doing it in the snow.

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    • #3
      Wow wow wow, amazing trip and amazing trip report! Do I spy some Alien 3.0 full carbon skimo race boots?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jtb View Post
        Wow, what an awesome trip. So you were carrying the rafts on your packs? That does sound like quite a burden.

        Shoutout to whoever was on the Objectives.

        The boats weigh ~10#. Add in paddle, drysuit, river shoes, PFD, helmet, throw bag, etc... and the whole whitewater kit is probably ~25#.

        I was on Altai's in the 'tooths and Objective BC's with 3-pins from the Salmon to the Selway. Jesse had OB/BC's and Tom had (IIRC) V6 BC's.

        And yes, Tom had those silly carbon boots.



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        • #5
          That's a fantastic TR. Combing two activities is always logistically and physically challenging -- extremely well done.

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          • #6
            Incredible trip!
            the fall line is your friend.... resistance is futile

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            • #7
              Like all your adventures Mike, great photos and writing, always a pleasure to read.

              Sounds like you had the time of year/snow levels very well chosen (or lucked out), with so little bare gourd hiking, while still having enough water to paddle most of your planned route.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Slim View Post
                Like all your adventures Mike, great photos and writing, always a pleasure to read.

                Sounds like you had the time of year/snow levels very well chosen (or lucked out), with so little bare gourd hiking, while still having enough water to paddle most of your planned route.

                Thanks.

                We chose that week ~6 months in advance, based on archival WX and snowpack data. It was a good blend of low-enough snowline and rising water levels.

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