Trip Report – Full Moon Snowshoe Trip, January 23, 2016

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Although the full moon didn’t shine on us until later in the evening, we ( 5 Ramblers) were able to find our way through the off-trail sections of our snowshoe trip with the help of headlamps and the tracks left by the reconnaissance crew two days earlier.

We began by leaving vehicles at the Greenway Trail parking area behind the University of Northern British Columbia, and driving to the Blue Spruce trail entrance gate on Bear Road where we began to snowshoe. From here we headed east crossing the large cut block which becomes more attractive each year with the sprouting new forest. On a clear night this area provides a great view of the moon rising and arcing above us – but not this night.

After about 20 minutes we left the trail to bushwhack NE through the older forest for an hour until reaching a rather mysterious and partially built log cabin discovered by accident on an earlier trip. At this point, something pinned to the wall of this cabin caught our attention. Sherry, one of youngest and most adventuress new club members who will be leaving us for a couple of months to go back to China took the “something-nailed-to-the-wall”, opened an envelope, took out a card, read it to us – then promptly broke into tears, but happy tears brought on by words wishing her Bon Voyage from the Ramblers.

From the cabin another 30 minutes or so of bushwhacking brought backside bushwack snowshoe trip 010us to the Backside trail, where we continued on by way of Bears trail and Tyner Finder trail for another 30 minutes before reaching the greenway parking area, then shuttling back to our vehicles at the Blue Spruce trail entrance.

It was a mild winter evening with the moon peeking out at us briefly from an opaque overcast sky, and we took about 2.5 hours to travel the 4 km route.

Watch a short video of the trip.

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