River With No Name expedition, Kimberley, Australia 2013 https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/ River With No Name expedition, Kimberley, Australia 2013 River With No Name from the air The centrepiece of this river is a spectacular waterfall dropping into a 150-metre wide pool full of sooty grunter fish and a curious but shy freshwater crocodile https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198821 181198821 Helicopter - the only way in or out Approaching the landing spot - that strip of grey rock just ahead. The drop in front of it is over 80 feet. https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198822 181198822 First base camp, River With No Name My first camp, before setting off downriver was opposite this scenic waterfall. There is a huge cave directly below where I am walking https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198823 181198823 Eagle Falls Even though the river itself has no known name on any map, the few helicopter pilots lucky enough to have flown over its most impressive falls have named them Eagle Falls https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198824 181198824 My Alpacka packraft at Eagle Falls From here it is about 12 kilometres down to the river mouth, some pleasantly navigable, some choked with spiky pandanus swamps, some covered with boulder-strewn natural obstacle courses https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198825 181198825 Spider on tent A local arachnid discovers my tent can shelter more than just a river explorer... https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198826 181198826 Trekking in 39 degree celsius heat The first few days, the packraft didn't see much action - I had to walk. In the fierce heat, frequent rehydration stops were essential. The green grass is new growth after a recent bushfire https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198827 181198827 Late afternoon on the river May was an unusually cloudy month in 2013, with overnight rains and even some daytime showers. Unfortunately the extra cloud cover didn't drop the temperature by much https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198828 181198828 The packraft takes a break The packraft is balanced by my weight in the back, and the weight of my 30-kilo Macpac Cascade 90 backpack providing a counter-weight at the bow. The camera bag and extra food sack sits in my lap while paddling https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198829 181198829 Approaching storm Watching the rainclouds approach. The actual volume of rain during my 23 day journey was not that much, especially when you consider the massive evaporation rate in this part of the world. Water levels were definitely lower at the end of the trip https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198830 181198830 Merten's water monitor This lizard is a very common sight around Kimberley waterholes. Some are skittish, some are curious, some are barely interested in a paddling explorer. It's about as long as your arm https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198831 181198831 Nature's sink There was no shortage of places to freshen up along the river. You just need to be careful when showering in such little falls. If you lean back against the slimy algae-covered rock walls, you can come away with several leeches attached to your back https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198832 181198832 I finally reach the salt water The river mouth was a hive of fish activity when I finally arrived, just as the tide was coming in. Swimming mangrove jack, golden trevally, barramundi and an 11 foot croc were seen within the first half hour here https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198833 181198833 Saltwater crocodile It didn't take long for this eleven-footer to check me out when I started fishing. When I didn't clumsily fall into the water, it lost interest and moved to the opposite bank https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198834 181198834 Barramundi for lunch Using a handline with a lure and some wire leader, I hooked this lunch-sized barra within the first half hour. There were much bigger ones than this cruising around, but I'm glad I got one that wasn't so huge I would have had to throw it back (too big for one man to eat) https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198935 181198935 Every hungry explorer's dream A sunny day and a fresh barramundi for lunch, cooked in the coals on the cliff about the inlet. Life could be worse... https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198936 181198936 Primitive fishing The places I get to are so remote, pristine and un-fished, I just use a handline on a plastic spool (no rod), with a small collection of lures. I make sure I'm high enough up on the rocks to be out of reach of crocs https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198937 181198937 Nature's spa Nothing better after a hard day of trekking through rocky, hot terrain than to wash the body and the clothing at the same time, in a natural whirlpool https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198938 181198938 Small rocky gorge About five kilometres from the river mouth I walked through this beautiful little gorge full of miniature cascades, shady caves and huge rock overhangs https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198939 181198939 Ancient landscape Geologically the Kimberley region has some of the oldest rock formations on earth. Huge, building-sized slabs of rock are often balanced precariously on top of others. https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198940 181198940 Sooty Grunter Also called black bream, these are a staple, easy-to-catch freshwater fish of the deeper Kimberley pools. A small metal spoon lure or some live bait will hook them about 5 seconds after you toss out your line. They taste great too https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198941 181198941 Packing up the raft When it's time to portage through the trees, it's better to deflate the raft and stow it inside the pack, than try to carry it over the shoulder, where it might get punctured on a sharp branch https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198942 181198942 Base camp waterfall These pretty falls are only 100 metres from where I was initially dropped by helicopter on my first day along the River With No Name. I made my first camp on a ledge on the opposite side of the gorge https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198943 181198943 Arrriving at Eagle Falls From upstream, I had to trek around the rocks to the left of these falls, then scramble down a gully with my full pack, food bag and camera bag. But the view was worth it https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198945 181198945 This is why I explore remote rivers This photo really captures why I do what I do. Un-named, unexplored river, spectacular waterfall, extremely rugged and isolated part of the world = happy explorer. Few untouched places like this remain on our ravaged planet https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198946 181198946 Looking downriver from Eagle Falls From this deep, fish-rich pool, my solitary journey to the mouth of the river really began https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198947 181198947 One man, one waterfall I'm happy because I have just wolfed down five very healthy-sized sooty grunter, my packraft has no leaks in it, and my boots (unlike on previous expeditions) have not fallen apart in the rugged terrain https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198948 181198948 Praying mantis A very green visitor to my last campsite, just before the helicopter came to pick me up and return me to the heli-base at Mitchell Plateau. https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198949 181198949 If it's Tuesday, it must be pasta I carry a variety of dehydrated foods on Remote River Man expeditions. A concoction consisting of pasta, packet soup mix, fresh garlic and parmesan cheese is a fairly typical dinner, sometimes supplemented with wild fish https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181198950 181198950 Getting dropped off by helicopter The River With No Name is roughly 70 kilometres northeast (bearing 042) of the Heliworks base at Mitchell Plateau. Here the Jetranger has just deposited me and my gear at the upper falls. They picked me up 25 days later. https://www.remoteriverman.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181290348 181290348