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PostPosted: August 24th, 2008, 11:44 am 
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I have not (and probably won't) have time to do a real actual trip report from our recent Spatsizi/Stikine river trip, but I thought folks might be interested in these photos nonetheless. Photo credits go to Taylor Bachrach (other than the ones he is in of course!).

Short story for reference:
    Monday: Leave Smithers at 11:00, Islut ~ 4:30pm (paved the whole way!). Hire local to drive us on the shuttle.
    Tues: 6:30 am departure up rail grade (recently improved, easy driving). Start 5km portage at ~10:20, 2 trips, on river at 2:00pm. 8:00pm camp at fine pebble bar N of Will Ck.
    Wend: 9:15 am-6:00pm Ross River, slow section of river.
    Thurs: Pitman river, easier day.
    Fri: Cullivan Creek Camp, easier day yet.
    Sat: Beggarly Canyon, easy day.
    Sun: 2 hours to bridge, return to Smithers.

So, 7 days round trip Smithers was no trouble, 4 full days and 2 half days on river. Trip is ~250km, so we worked towards 50 km per day, early on the trip you have to work for it, as speed picks up it is easy. River level lowish, Jewel and Beggarly were no trouble. Only mishap was bringing the wrong pump for the stove, so fire cooking was exclusive. Good thing we had the aluminum dutchy. Also, Anne Murray joined us for river songs.

Enjoy, there are some nice shots!

http://bachrachcommunications.com/spatsizi/

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PostPosted: August 25th, 2008, 11:35 am 
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You have some poster shots here! Thanks for sharing?

How did the Halo stand up? We have yet to find a situation it cannot withstand, and would like to keep recommending Marmot.

How did you convince Ann to come?

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PostPosted: August 25th, 2008, 12:31 pm 
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Awsome pics Taylor and Aaron.

Thanks for posting the pics and details.

This is on our "to do" list.


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PostPosted: August 26th, 2008, 1:48 am 
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Nice pictures, Aaron. I was set to do the same trip last year, but the Klappan Bridge was damaged. I assume its fixed now. Is Shell back in there, or have the Tahltans managed to keep them out still?


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PostPosted: August 26th, 2008, 8:59 am 
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Is Shell back in there, or have the Tahltans managed to keep them out still?


Shell did the road upgrades last year and this year ($$$) in preparation for a fall '08 drilling program. However, opposition from the Tahltan and many downstream communities has continued to be very strong and they pulled camp in Aug and will not be doing their planned fall drilling program. So, public opposition to coalbed methane extraction is proving highly effective, but nothing is settled, expect more of the same next year.

See http://www.skeenawatershed.com/ for more info.

The Halo did a good job, kept us dry in the rain, slept 3 so comfortably.

As soon as Anne heard about 5 days of crooning old favorites in the wilderness we couldn't hold her back from the trip. We might have to get her to teach us something other than snowbird the next time we are all out though.

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PostPosted: August 26th, 2008, 5:29 pm 
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One more useful detail: Hwy 37 is PAVED to Iskut and sealcoated to the Stikine bridge. Whoa! Rail grade is in good logging road shape, and there is internet in Tatoga.

What is the world coming to! :doh: :D

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PostPosted: August 26th, 2008, 6:28 pm 
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As I recall, the road last year was a bit rough at Meziadin Junction and Bell II, and then over the divide into Dease Lake to Dease Crossing. With more paving, comes more people.


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PostPosted: August 26th, 2008, 8:16 pm 
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Whoa!!!

Tight kit
Beautiful river
Solid moves
Good chow
Nice blaze
Wildlife

Great pics all 'round - really enjoyed that
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(could 'a swore I even saw a Maritimer in there somewhere...)


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PostPosted: August 27th, 2008, 1:09 am 
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Thanks. That was fun looking at your photos!

I think I forget how to camp (and pack, and cook, etc.).

PY.

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