We took three weeks of normal breakfasts and dinners and about 4 weeks of lunch and meal bars. I lost most of the forth weeks lunch and had a couple more days left. I like ProBars for fuel about an hour or two after breakfast. I had an extra week of those. We weren't going to starve but I didn't want to make that my entire diet. I typically carry 4 weeks of food and never resupply.That was a great read, Jon. You guys got hammered with the weather! I’m curious how many days worth of food you had and whether you experienced anxiety about running out — 24 days is a long time to go without resupply.
The “brown bear” — was he a brown-coloured black bear or a grizzly?
I'm told that Brown Bears fear $5.00 Poop Shovels above all else. I'm sure that was what made the difference between life and death.Great write up! Impressively horrible weather, too.
I'm glad everyone survived the encounter with the bear. Although, judging by how well equipped you were in the photo, I'm sure you would have made quick work of the bear.
Thanks Alex. I appreciate it.Great write-up, Jon. A good, old-fashioned WCP-style trip report! Thanks for posting.
I agree with your ID of the brown bear. From the photo, the bear's shoulder is humped, the ears are large, fat, and short, the face is flat and round, and the head is large and heavy. Amazing to see that species in September in a place like Cape Caution. It should be foraging in salmon streams this time of year, but there are no salmon streams anywhere near there. The seeps at Indian Cove, as you discovered, are barely a trickle. The larger streams in the other bays on the cape don't support salmon. I wonder what a brown bear was doing there.
A few questions came to mind while I was reading. I hope these questions aren't too personal, but it's so easy to imagine myself following in your footsteps, I hope you are willing to answer:
Again, thanks for a great trip report!
- Do you have any pictures of the possible Kayak Bill site at Wilby Point?
- Other than Wilby Point, you don't mention searching for more Kayak Bill sites, even when you were in fruitful locations such as Swordfish Bay. Are you taking a break from Kayak Bill, after your many years of service as our Kayak Bill expert-in-chief?
- You were in the vicinity of some cool cultural sites. Did you find anything noteworthy in that regard, other than the clam gardens?
- The entrance to Indian Cove sounds challenging during the two-meter swell you experienced. Do you think Blunden Bay, one headland to the south, would have been easier under those conditions—and also easier to locate from the water during a time of heavy fog?
- Speaking of fog, why did you have so much trouble navigating in the fog in Milbanke Sound, Queens Sound, and Neck Ness? You describe repeated instances of finding yourself a mile or more off-course once the fog lifted or once you finally found a landmark you could recognize. You talk about how hard it was to identify the entrance to Indian Cove on a rough, foggy day—a struggle I have experienced as well. You also mention several instances of "compass fatigue" from following a blind bearing through fog. Yet you also mention having at least one working GPS unit—one that consumed batteries at a ferocious rate! If the GPS was working so hard that it repeatedly exhausted its batteries, why couldn't it solve your navigation problems?
I totally agree with you about first using chart and compass, it also makes you more attentive to the shoreline and all its details.I get lots of suggestions and recommendations from folks on electronics. The truth is I prefer to not use them. I have them and take them but they are seldom used for determining location. It's just a personal preference. I feel like I learn more by making mistakes with chart and compass than by avoiding those mistakes using electronics. I feel like it keeps me engaged in the process. I think I drive a standard transmission for the same reason.