Checking out a torn up boat, Yakutat, Alaska.

Damage done to an Advanced Elements kayak by a grizzly bear in Icy Bay, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks,

Would you say “Toast”?

One thing I’ve learned over the years is it ain’t over til it’s over. Too often we rule things out without a thorough examination of the situation at hand. And thinking laterally instead of vertically, one can often find solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. Problem is, there’s a 10 foot long tear in the side of my boat, and it won’t hold air while it’s all torn up like that. And if it doesn’t hold air, it’s not a boat as much as a lot of rubber and plastic that I have to carry around. hhhmmm, wait a minute .. what’s that, under the deck, on the back of the torn up seat? Is it, could it be??? It is? Joy, look what I found:

repair kit for Advanced Elements Kayak,

A REPAIR KIT!!!! (you can see my salty, watery dinners drying out in the background)

Now, let me see how I can make this work?

Repairing an Advanced Elements inflatable kayak,

Does it go here?

Repairing a torn Advanced Elements Kayak.

I know. I’ll call the company who makes these little repair kits and order three hundred more of them, and I should be right as rain. 🙂

I figured I’d be hiking and walking around the Yakutat area the rest of this trip.

I’m heading into the field. Check in every few days for some more image and posts I’ve scheduled for while I’m away. No more bear stories (for now) though.



5 thoughts on “Checking out a torn up boat, Yakutat, Alaska.

  1. Dave Taylor

    “What you got there is a leaky o-ring. I could fix it, but I don’t have the part in stock”… gosh I love Scrubs. In equal seriousness (about none) – just a little superglue and duck tape and you got yourself a custom kayak! More seriously, just glad it was the only victim!

  2. Neil Donohue


    Your mother said “what else would you do if you found a boat on your beach, than eat it!”

    However she also said a few other things too. I think you might be in a bit of trouble there, although not as much trouble as that bear if she gets her hands on it.

    I think I’ll send her over there.


  3. Beth Lunsford

    Yeah, it looks like toast. That was a pretty big bear. Glad you’re ok. In Yakutat, there’s like a garden of eden for bears. Maybe looking around you’ll get a photo of The Blue Glacier bear. That would be awesome. You’re in the right spot!! Do you carry bear spray? Really relieved you’re ok!!!

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