After sitting around in a funk and watching the water on the gauge at the Wheaton level not move much above 15, we decided to head out for a father’s day run. Hunter was also feeling quite anxious about his first solo run down the Wheaton so we wanted to get that out of the way before it turned into a much bigger deal.
The Wheaton is in a beautiful valley about an hour south of Whitehorse. The river winds through the mountains and the scenery is breath taking, even on a cloudy and rainy day… It is also in the middle of no-where, which means that you need to be self sufficient for shuttles if you are going on your own. We took our handy ATV as our shuttle vehicle and it worked great – we can just fit the three of us plus three boats, paddles etc. on it!
With the levels as low as they were, the paddle was fairly uneventful. Lots of time spent practicing eddying out in small spaces, managing sweepers and catching TINY surf waves. Great to get this under Hunter’s belt and we are ever hopeful that the water may come up higher, but we sure aren’t holding our breath for it!