Published on April 24th, 2023 | by Paddleworld
Part 1 of Coast Mountain Chronicles – Follow Todd Wells, Eric Parker and Chris Korbulic as they attempt a descent of the Bishop River to Bute Inlet.
“So here we are on day nine of a planned seven-day trip. We’re clearly out of food. I don’t have a sleeping bag. I’m really tired, really cold. It’s time to get out and on back to civilization.”— Eric Parker
Deep in the Pacific Ranges of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, the Bishop River flows west, dropping 4,500 feet in the 45 miles from its source at the Bishop Glacier until it meets the sea at Bute Inlet. A scan on Google Earth reveals dense forest and a series of steep canyons in a remote wilderness. The only way in is by helicopter or float plane. The only way out is by foot or boat.