February Dinner Meeting - North to The Arctic 2,500 miles on the wild Mackenzie River
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Local boat builder Larry Graf (Aspen Power Catamarans) will give a presentation on his recent trip on the Mackenzie North to the Arctic Ocean through one of the most uninhabited places on earth. The Mackenzie river is basically uncharted (last charts completed in 1987), the river shifts location dramatically each season, several times Graf was 2 miles ashore from the charted river. The trip was completed in an open 34' trailerable outboard powered catamaran. Eight days travel (North) down current (3.5 - 7 Kts) and 6 days up-current on the return (return was much faster as the down river track line was saved). The launch point was 1,250 miles north of Seattle in Ft Providence North West Territory's (same distance from Seattle as the Mexican boarder) where winter temperatures drop to -45 most years and summer temperatures can get to 90 degrees. The river has a rugged reputation for aggressive wildlife, uncharted rocks and BIG BUGS. The First Nations people (Eskimos) are a proud friendly group and amazingly helpful.