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Map of Katmai

Katmai National Park has two distinct feature. Bears, lots and lots of bears on the Brooks River. The Valley of 10,,000 Smokes. This is a spectacular forty square mile, 100 to 700 foot deep, pyroclastic ash flow deposited by Novarupta Volcano in 1912. We first visited the bears and then took a 5 day backpacking trip in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes. This page should help us remember that trip.

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Brown Bear Software - Katmai National Park

One generally gets to Katmai via King Salmon
Brooks River Falls. Hey, I believe those green T-shirts say "Brown Bear Software - Katmai 2005"
Another interesting inscription on the shirt.
Clever how they catch those fish.
Can you count all of the bears in this photo?
Cute, very cute.
This is an 18M .AVI movie of bears in action. Interesting for those who really like bears.
The crew that hiked The Valley of 10,000 Smokes.
The valley floor is made up of volcanic ash.
The game of choice is Bocce. Yes, we carried those heavy balls with us.
Resting the feet.
An excellent camp site.
Fred and Mike beat everyone to the top - though I am not certain how the photo was taken.
Heading towards Knife Creek.
Knife Creek. Clean water filled with glacial and volcanic silt.
The river Lethe cuts through the center of the Valley of 10,000 Smokes.
The Lethe river can only be crossed up near the head waters.
This person should never be crossed.
Hardy Hikers.
Taking a Bocce break in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes.
Snow can still be found in July. (It is Alaska after all)
The crew makes it through a rain day.

..... That's all.