Canyons of the Nahanni: Third Canyon Part 2

The Gate

The Pulpit

One of the outstanding features of the Nahanni is The Gate, where the river makes a sharp bend through a narrow gap. A rock tower called The Pulpit stands guard at the entrance, remnant of an ancient structure that yielded to the unstoppable force of flowing water. The magnificent ridges on  both sides of the river were once joined, and the river had a different  course. As the river carved out its new direction, there must have been a natural bridge between the two ridges, but it has long since collapsed.

East ridge of Gate

West ridge at the Gate

 

East ridge of Gate.

East ridge at the Gate. Top of Pulpit visible lower right corner. Originally the river flowed left around this ridge.

 

It’s well worth having a layover a day at this camp in order to climb the east ridge. The hike is demanding in places and the route is sometimes confusing, but the view from the top is ample reward for your efforts.

Be prepared to use your hands.

Be prepared to use your hands. You can see our camp below.

 

Telephoto shop of our hikers.

Telephoto shot of our hikers.

 

Nearing the top.

Nearing the top.

 

Ah, the view!

Ah, the view!

 

And who can resist a hero shot?

And who can resist a hero shot?

I have a confession to make. One of my cameras made the trip to the top but I didn’t. It’s just not a trail for old joints. So I stayed in camp and used my Lumix FZ200 to capture the hikers on the ledge near the top, as well as photograph the local wildlife.

White Admiral butterfly

White Admiral butterfly

Next post: on to Second Canyon

 

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