We were very excited to finally be on the river in our rafts. It was a beautiful day with the colourful Backbone Mountains on our right, and the Bonnet Plume Range on our left. In between, the Snake River of the Yukon ran broad and blue.
It was not long before we began to see Dall Sheep. First there were several large rams resting on a black rocky slope, and then a number of groups that were walking purposefully on high mountain trails. They were an amazing sight.
We had lunch on a gravel bar, and here, as we were gathering firewood for the evening, we came upon a sad reminder that we were indeed in the wilds. The found the remains of an unfortunate lamb that had likely been carried off by eagles and largely eaten.
Even though it was July, we encountered a large bank of ice and snow on the riverbank in one location. Then it was time to set up camp on the shore. As we began to set up camp, we experienced unexpected adversity, but more about that in my next post!
I have described my first three rafting trips in the book Rafting the Great Northern Rivers: The Nahanni, Firth, and Tatshenshini.