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.
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.
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.
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