The first whisper of the Grand Canyon of Stikine was a brief conversation between Rob Lesser and Bob Walker. It’s August of 1977. Al Lowande, Ron Frye and Lesser are headed to Alaska to kayak the second descent of the Devils Canyon of the Susitna.
The plan was to meet in Dease Lake, British Columbia so the boys could take a look at the Grand of the Stikine with the thought that, if it looked good, they would consider making a run. Lesser jumped in Cessna 172 and took a flight through the canyon. The flow: 36,000 CFS. The sight of the river at such high water humbled Lesser, but he thought that at a lower flow it might just be runnable.