3-week Solo Kayak Camping and Fishing in Alaska Heavy Rainfall Issues (part 8)
Part of a 3-week solo kayak camping and fishing trip thru south Alaska. An unusually strong summer storm stranded me for 3 days at this lake. The water level of the lake rose up about 7 feet (2 meters) during the storm and the only exit was down a slot canyon back to the sea. Normally a small creek runs down this slot canyon, but it was a white water river at the time of my exit. I made it out to the sea with all my gear and only hit one rock. Late I would find that this impact with the rock broke through all but one last layer of my fiberglass in my hull, but luckily the kayak did not leak.
Upon reaching the sea again, I catch a 10 pound halibut on my way back to Ketchikan to augment the last of me food stocks and begin the final days of my trip. That halibut was a welcome change from my boring food supply at that point, which consisted of some old tortillas, cheese, sausage and chocolate. Luckily the weather for the final days home are a lot better than most of the trip. In the last part of this video series I make fast progress back to the ferry in Ketchikan and catch a few salmon along the way.