Last friday, after work, I hopped on my boat with Jesse and a couchsurfer headed out for a camping trip. I’ve caught so much seafood that I needed to do something else for a change. That night, we brapped south around Point Alva and up Behm Canal. After a brief stop at New Eddystone Rock, we continued in glassy calm seas, racing the sunset into Rudyard Bay. After unloading the gear at the Punchbowl Trailhead, I moored the boat and hopped into the kayak to get back to shore. Splash. Soaked from the waist down. So I put on my swimming trunks hopped back in, and hit the shore. The gloaming of night fast approaching, we headed up the trail. Soon it was pitch dark, and we were stumbling over one of the steepest, slipperiest and most broken trails I have ever hiked, all the time shouting at unseen bears. Finally we made it to the shelter, made a fire, picked some songs on the guitar, got drunk and passed out. Early next morning, we hit the water, canoeing past granite domes to a muskeg island on the lake. The island had a lake on it, which in turn had an island on it, a bit like Inception according to my surfer friend. Soon enough we were tramping back down the trail, seeing for the first time how dangerous last night’s hike was. Past a waterfall and finally to the cove and boat. With the engine roaring, and echoing off the walls, we brapped down Rudyard stopping at an exfoliated wall called the Owl’s Face, past a waterfall and finally to the Nooya Trailhead. As the tide was rising, I edged the boat into the river itself before beaching it. Up the trail to Nooya Lake, which was not as impressive as I was hopin. The big domes were on the far end of the lake and we didn’t have time to canoe closer. So back we went, down to the boat, and back to Ketchikan. It had been sunny the whole time, contrasting nicely with the forecasted windy rain. This area has incredible potential for FA trad and wall climbs. There was even a formation overhanging Punchbowl lake perfect for deepwater soloing or cragging from a canoe on perfectly clean hand and finger cracks with roofs.