|John filling up on our descent from the Katmai Caldera|
There are often still snow patches near the huts in June, but since it was such a low snow year, we did not expect much and we were correct. We were also not prepared to melt a lot of snow with our choice of stoves (Jet Boils). On our way into the valley, we filled up at the last clear stream coming from the Buttress Range before we crossed the River Lethe (the Lethe and Knife rivers are both very silty, and we wanted to avoid filtering that water if we could).
|Clear stream flowing from the Buttress Range into the Lethe|
While we were at Novarupta we did look for water, hoping to fill up just enough that we could more liberally use our supply. After a little searching and John's astute hearing, we found a little trickle below snow and ice.
|Filling up near Novarupta|
Once we left the huts and headed to Mageik Lakes, through the pass, and toward the coast, collecting clear water was a breeze.
|Filtering water at the outlet of one of the Mageik Lakes|
|Filling up in the Katmai River Valley|