July 2016 Archives

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LIVINGSTON SPRINGS, JULY 31, 2016

The Caledonia Ramblers will be leading an Easy (C1c) hike to Livingston Springs, approximately 70 km north of Prince George in Crooked River Provincial Park, on Sunday, July 31. 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 9 a.m. in the parking lot behind Prince George City Hall. The carpool fee is $5.

 

For more information, please call Nowell at 250-562-7485.

by Carolyn for front page

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

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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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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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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.

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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

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“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

 

 

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Mount Murray Trip

The Caledonia Ramblers will be leading a Strenuous (D5dx) hike to Mount Murray – Pine Pass, 215 km north of Prince George, on Sunday, July 17. 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 $18.

This fall (September 22-25) the Prince George Naturalists Club is hosting the Fall General Meeting of BC Nature, the first time that it has been held in the north in many years. One of the two field trips planned for Sunday September 25 is Pine Le Moray / Mount Murray led by Mike Nash, with the other being the Ancient Forest led by Darwyn Coxson. The July 17 club trip to Mount Murray was included in the hiking schedule partly as a dry run for September and a chance to see the trail conditions. We will be looking for one or two hiking club members to assist with the September BC Nature field trip, so if you are interested please let Mike know during the July 17 trip. We will have a couple of short scheduled interpretive stops at the Crooked River highway rest stop and again at Bijou Falls on the drive north in September, so I plan to include that in the July trip to get a good sense of timing as well as to allow any new club members to see those features. Hopefully by September 25 the fall colours will be showing at Azouzetta Lake and the Pine Pass for our southern guests to see.

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RAVEN LAKE, JULY 1O

The Caledonia Ramblers will be leading a Moderate (C3c) hike to Raven Lake, about 90 km east of Prince George, on Sunday, July 10th. 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 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind Prince George City Hall. The carpool fee is $10.

For more information, please call Kim S. at 778-349-3731.

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BLACKWATER (WEST)

The Caledonia Ramblers will be leading an Easy/Moderate (D2d) hike to Blackwater (West), part of the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail and approximately 80 km south/southwest of Prince George, on Sunday, July 3. Make sure you bring insect repellent or mosquito nets with you and plenty of water. Please meet 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of 8 a.m. in the parking lot behind Prince George City Hall. The carpool fee is $8.

For more information, please call Nowell at 250-562-7485.