This was a truly breathtaking experience. I will never forget being surrounded by endless unnamed mountains as I watched the float plane disappear after dropping us off in truly pristine wilderness.
We were a party of six, in three canoes - a perfect size. We saw dall sheep, caribou, grizzly and moose. The mountain and canyon scenery was spectacular, and the Wind River was so crystal-clear, that there were times when I didn’t even bother filtering my drinking water.
Our guide’s competence (he lives year-round in the Yukon, built his own cabin, hunts his own meat) is such that we could fully relax and trust him to get us safely to our take-out. Will never forget him efficiently getting a fire started after an all day rain that had soaked all the available wood ... which is scarce on the tundra!
My friend and I (women in our 60s) were the oldest people on the trip, and could have used the 2 rest days that were originally billed as part of this 10 day canoe trip (with optional mountain hiking offered). So we found it physically demanding when we lost those rest days, climbing mountains on shorter paddle days. But we did lose a day due to our put-in flight being delayed because of weather, and such things are beyond anyone’s control.
Bottom line: trip of a lifetime (cliché but true).