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2 This expedition will provide senior cadets with an opportunity to practice: Leadership, Navigation Wilderness fieldcraft skills Explore the unique culture, heritage, geology & ecology while exploring Nahanni National Park by canoe and on foot National Domestic Expedition EX. NAH?A DEHÉ 12 Day Expedition 23 August to 5 Sept 09 Expedition Aims

3 2009 National Domestic Expedition EX. NAH?A DEHÉ Classified as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and Canadian Heritage River. The remote location and unique features of this site make it an adventure of a lifetime Scope includes hiking mountains, exploring canyons, cultural activities and canoeing from Virginia Falls to Blackstone Landing, NT.

4 2009 National Domestic Expedition EX. NAH?A DEHÉ SCOPE The expedition would start in Yellowknife with land transport to Fort Simpson, NT Air insertion to Virginia Falls Combination of white water canoeing down the South Nahanni River with numerous treks into the mountains and canyons along the way.

5 2009 National Domestic Expedition EX. NAH?A DEHÉ Nahanni National Park, NWT. Treks into the mountains and canyons along the way.

6 2009 National Domestic Expedition, Nahanni National Park, NWT. Location This area is an excellent example of Near Arctic Boreal Forest and Alpine Tundra, with species diversity of: 120 birds, 40 mammal, 13 fish and 750 plant species. The landforms in this region escaped the Wisconsin glaciation (Beringia) and as a result there are over 40 species of plant found only in this region.

7 Landforms escaped the Wisconsin glaciation and demonstrate features dating back 200,000 years. Unique representation of Karst topography and a complex system of underground rivers, labyrinths, closed canyons and sinkholes

8 2009 National Domestic Expedition, Nahanni National Park, NWT. 12 Day Expedition Itinerary D-1 Cadets arrive in Yellowknife Day 1 & 2 Expedition AGG, Cdts Canoe trg, preparations for departure / Tpt to Ft. Simpson Day 3 Insertion to Virginia Fall Day 4 Sun Blood Mountain Hike Day 5 Portage Virginia falls & proceed down river Figure 8 Rapids Day 6 Figure 8 Rapids to the Gate Day 7 Day Hike to the top of the Gate Day 8 Canoe to Dry Creek Canyon, Day hike in & around Dry Creek Canyon Day 9 Canoe to geothermal hot springs (Krauss hot springs) Day 10 Canoe to the Splits Day 11 End Ex., extraction at Blackstone Territorial Park and return to Yellowknife Day 12 DAG and Cultural Day End EX. D +1, Cadets RTU.

9 Day 3 Insertion Accessible by Twin Otter floatplanes above Virginia Falls. Pax Canoes Pers kit

10 Day 4 Sun Blood Mountain (1555m)

11 Day 5 Canyon 4

12 Day 6 The Gate Canyon m Pulpit Rock

13 Day 7 Hike Pulpit Rock Explore Gate Canyon Hike above Pulpit

14 Day 8 Second Canyon Dry Canyon Creek Hike

15 Day 9 Kraus Hot Springs Canyon 1

16 Day 9 Leaving Canyon 1

17 Day 10 Splits River Meanders River velocity slows Bison Nahanni Butte Park Boundary

18 Day 11 Blackstone Landing End EX

19 2009 National Domestic Expedition, Nahanni National Park, NWT. 12 Day Expedition Itinerary 23 August to 5 Sept 09 Cadet Requirements – Exposure to moving water canoeing. – Physically fit – Swimmer – No serious medical conditions or food requirements. – Extreme remote location.


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