Tuesday May 13, 2014

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Are you looking for the most current information about our local trails?   Then look no further then the Caledonia Ramblers Trail Guide!  It is the most current trail guide for the trails around Prince George, and we update it regularly.  We know what the current access of the trails is like, and other important information as we hike up the trails frequently.   And the best part is if you buy one of our trail guides (or both), you are supporting maintenance of our trails.  Our club spends a good deal of the Summer working on the trails so that they are easily accessible to all hikers, club members or not.  You might even be lucky to spot some of our members cleaning a trail that you are hiking on.  Without the help of the volunteer trail workers, there would be no trail!

If you are interested in all the hiking opportunities in and around Prince George, then you must pick up a copy of these two trail guides. They contain complete descriptions of over 50 trails, along with directions and trail ratings.

These guides are available from:

Books & Company Valemont Museum and Archives
Tourism PG UNBC Bookstore
McBride Tourism Info Centre Valemount Tourism Info Centre
CNC Bookstore

Or order by emailing: caledoniaramblers@yahoo.ca

Sunday July 24, 2016

15 people attended the Mount Le Moray Provincial Park hike (Mount Murray) on July 17. With excellent weather, the drive to the Pine Pass was amply rewarded by one of the best alpine flower displays many of us have ever seen. The very early spring coupled with recent rains combined to create brilliantly colourful fields of just about everything imaginable. The paintbrush, in particular, were spectacular with every hue from red to gold that is characteristic of this area.

Most of the group went to the north summit where we ate lunch in brilliant sunlight while a dark shower slid harmlessly past to the south. The electrical storms in the forecast for early afternoon never materialized.

Carolyn was so taken by her surrounds that she successfully ticked off one of her bucket list by dancing in the flowers to the sound of music  – watch out for her video of this! Everyone visited the lake before climbing past a group of three hoary marmots guarding the pass (mother and two young). The group’s ages ranged from 18 to 78 yet it all seemed to work out well. No untoward incidents occurred and the average time on the mountain was around six hours plus five hours driving. The Mount Murray Trail is in excellent shape once past the first 20-minute steep zigzag climb of a cut bank.

You can view the photos of the trip at http://caledoniaramblers.ca/gallery/nggallery/all/Mt.-Murray—Pine-Pass—July-17,-2016

Sunday July 24, 2016

For our Ramblers that live north of North Nechako Rd. who are planning to attend the Vineyards hike…

http://www.250news.com/2016/07/23/planned-power-outage-to-affect-9000-bc-hydro-customers-sunday-morning/

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Thursday July 21, 2016

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

My name is Roberta Squire

I work for United Way here locally and I am looking for 5 to 10 volunteers to help with Spinal Cord Injury BC accessible campground project this Saturday, July 23 from 9am – 3pm. They are looking for people to help at their Doherty Creek annual summer BBQ to set up & take down, cook &b serve, direct traffic & manage parking. The BBQ is FREE for volunteers. Foodsafe certified a bonus! People can come out to learn more and help out. Please share “like” and “share” to help us spread the word. Contact for more information – RobertaS@unitedwayNBC.ca

 

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Tuesday July 19, 2016

THE VINEYARDS, JULY 24, 2016

The Caledonia Ramblers will be leading a Moderate/Strenuous (D3d) hike to The Vineyards, about 115 km southeast of Prince George, on Sunday, July 24. Participants should make sure they bring insect repellent or mosquito nets, plenty of water, and rain gear for the trip. Please meet 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time of 7 a.m. in the parking lot behind Prince George City Hall. The carpool fee is $15.

For more information, please call Dave at 250-564-8887.

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Work is going to be done at the Ancient Forest Entrance, for more info, please go to http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/upgrade-planned-for-ancient-forest-entrance-1.2304791

Wednesday July 13, 2016

“Despite its rather short length, the trail’s 1200 metres of vertical is demanding.  After a half hour stroll up an old logging road and through an old cut-block, you enter a beautiful cedar and hemlock forest.  It is here where the trail begins to climb.  With the addition of an overnight pack, gravity quickly begins to take its toll.  One foot after another and another and another.  The climbing is very much sustained, so short breaks allowed the group to catch its breath but also to stay together.  The pace was a little slow for some and a little fast for others, indicating that, like Momma Bear’s porridge, it was probably just right.  Soon, you leave the hemlock forest and its mossy floor, and enter a messier zone with much more vegetation.  There’s blowdown here, and you are intermittently forced to leave the somewhat marked route to navigate around obstacles.  A short while later the trees seem a little smaller, and you begin to climb a narrow ridge into even scruffier forest and bush and more blowdown.  Eventually, you cross a steep south-facing side hill, overlooking the Fraser River far below.  To the north, a first glimpse of alpine.  Not far now.  Resolve returns.  Back into the chaotic forest for a few minutes more.  Finally, into the light you emerge, past examples of White Bark Pine, rarely seen on other local hikes, and onto the alpine ridge you had admired a short four hours before, as you drove to the trailhead.  This is where you belong.”

 

For the full trip report, including many photos, please visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/twscanada/albums/72157667949306093