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So I zipped up the bivy sack (small one person bag/tent) I had purchased at REI for the trip. I woke up later with a panicked feeling and very rapid shallow breaths. Seriously suffocating. Even groggy and mostly out of it, I knew I needed air and managed to get the zipper open. That gave me immediate relief, but then I got sopping wet from the heavy rain for the rest of the night.
Really, they sell a bag with a full zipper that if you use it you die? And if you don’t you can’t keep the rain out? I acknowledge I didn’t fully read the tag (it didn’t come with directions), but I’m still stunned that there is a product like that. In the photo you can see the head of the bivy sack, with the hoop that runs over your head to keep the fabric off your head. I guess I was not paying attention to realize that there is no venting at all in the bag.
It was fourth and last day on the water as I paddled up into Shoup Bay to see the glacier and spend the night before heading to Valdez. There is an actual river coming out of the head of the bay that I can’t paddle up, so I have to wait for after dinner when the high tide overwhelms the river and reverses flow, allowing me access to the glacial bay. Luckily some salmon fishermen told me this because I hadn’t done enough pre-trip planning to know the high tide will do that. Fortunately, you just don’t have worry about darkness so a “night” paddle up to see the glacier works just fine.
It was also an “opener” for Pink salmon so on the final paddle back the Prince William Sound was full of purse seining boats and their noisy skiffs, jockeying for position and dropping/dragging their nets around. I drifted around watching the full cycle of fishing before using the incoming tide and a lucky tailwind to paddle back into the harbor.
I spent the evening sorting gear and flight planning for the second half of the trip starting tomorrow – flying above the arctic circle to backpack in the Brooks Range.