Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Come, Take A Walk With Me

I was telling a couple of people here about a new trail I had found and wanted to get some photographs of but I have been unable to get back up to it until today.

The river front trail system here winds around both sides of the Fraser River. On the east side which I usually walk and most often photograph, the train meanders along both the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers. On the west side which I
seldom walk, it follows along the Fraser River and Baker Creek. On this other side the trail goes up and over a ridge to get down to where it follows the creek.

The other day I discovered a trail running through the woods where it crosses this ridge and found a wonderful walk where this new trial runs along the top of this ridge for miles and miles back into the wilderness of Baker Creek.

The climb up there, however, is a killer. The first time I did it I was not sure my legs would handle it. It climbs, and climbs, and climbs. I finally made it and got back in there a fair distance but I stopped when I realized how very slippery it was, how remote it was back there, how many bear tracks there were, and that I had neglected to tell anyone where I was going.

I tried to get back up that ridge twice more but it has warmed up, the frost had melted, and the mud had become so slick I simply could not get traction to climb up there.

Today I tried again. It was very, very hard. It was very slick, The mud was gumbo and made that steep climb nearly impossible but I did manage to get up there a ways before giving up once I allowed myself to think about how the hell I was going to get down out of their in that slick mud.

So, here are a few photos. Hopefully we will get a hard frost before it snows and I will be able to get way up and back in there again. If not, it will have to wait until next summer.

(Originally posted to Multiply November 22, 2008)

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