The Bushman Chronicles!

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    June 9/2019, 20 Deg C, sunny/cloudy, "The Game Camera Placement, Flag Off FSR Hazards, Starvation Lake Hike, Sea To Sky Trail Hike, Bear Signs, Bear Signs, Bear Signs, Find An Elderly Man Weeping By The Cliffs Tour"

    My intent today (well actually Sunday) was to place 4 game cameras high up in the Mamquam FSR area, Up the Skookum Creek Powerplant River valley, for a hunting buddy of mine. He had seen my pics of the creek bed and wanted to get some game cameras placed, to see if moose or deer fed in the area......and then plan for a hunt.

    I drove up the Mamquam FSR, just before the penstock and tried to find a hiking route down into the creek bottom.

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    I drove up and down the FSR, trying to find an access point to scramble down into the bottom of the valley........Not a single spot that was safe to even scramble. This was the best access point and it was too steep, and the forest too thick. I texted him and said how you gonna haul dressed meat from a moose up this? his response was "i didn't think about that....."



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    We chatted for a bit, I told him to hike into the topof the Ring Creek Lava Flow and hunt form there........


    As I drove out , I marked off several danger zones along the FSR

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    on the way down the Mamquam FSR,I spied a MASSIVE predator bird, surfing the wind currents.....thats a 5'+ wingspan

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    So the game camera placement in the creek bottom was a bust....I just didn't feel like braining myself onto the rough rocks while sliding/falling/scrambling incredibly rough terrain. Althogh I HAVE considered bushwaking wearing a Team Wendy Helmet with a GoPro and a couple of Surefire Flashlights mounted....I just dont want to be that guy.....I already look like im heading for battle....pretty sure if I went with a Team Wendy helmet to protect my noggin, I would get some serious stares/WTF's and worse.


    I locked the cameras in the truck box, set the alarm and slid the cross bar over and locked it. Buddy has about $600 CAD tied up in his cameras, and while I can cover the loss if need be, I'd rather not.

    Drove all the way up and back down the FSR, back onto the SEA TO SKY and headed for the Cullition Creek area. Just past the new bridge and power project, there is a FSR (unmarked/unnamed) with a locked yellow gate. I've been wanting to check out this access route for a long time.

    Parked the truck, emptied the jerry cans (hot theft item) into the gas tank and donned the L.R.R.P.R. Rig and started walking. Right off the bat, big ol fresh pile of bear scat.


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    you have no idea how much i love old roads like this.

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    de-rated road....only Hydro pickup trucks can access now.

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    just a ton of these bluffs in this area

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    heading down now, meandering thru the forest. IMG_6725.JPG


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    meandering along........

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    enterig a change in forest growth and type of trees
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    more bear scat
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    20 feet later, bear scat

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    emerging from the forest onto the bluffs overlooking the valley. IMG_6748.JPG


    pics don;t tell you how freaking massive this area is. Starvation Lake below, about a 900' drop

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    just massive IMG_6754.JPG IMG_6755.JPG


    good shot of my Direct Action MK2 Horizontal Med Pouch, JayJayBreconUK Patrol Yoke, TYR Tactical Jungle butt pack, SORD AUS pouches and Patrol Order Belt


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    couple Blue Force Gear PR radio pouches for the magnum cans of taco seasoning , er, bear spray. Sord AUS beacon pouch and Blueforce gear PR/battery pouch (bear spray and TQ/Izzy dressing and bug dope)
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    lots of flowers blooming IMG_6780.JPG

    Fricking hell bear! what are you eating? too much skunk cabbage giving you the poops? IMG_6786.JPG

    carried on down the ever increasing steep and washed out road.
     
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    June 9/2019, 20 Deg C, sunny/cloudy, "The Game Camera Placement, Flag Off FSR Hazards, Starvation Lake Hike, Sea To Sky Trail Hike, Bear Signs, Bear Signs, Bear Signs, Find An Elderly Man Weeping By The Cliffs Tour"

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    the old road became increasingly steep and washed out. Steep enough and washed out enough that 4WD and lockers would be required to head back up. IMG_6790.JPG

    approx 2.5km steep descent and I reached Starvation lake. Nice little tenting site here.
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    DEEP LAKE, about 5' deep not even 5' out.

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    not a damn fish in it - hence the name (Starvation Lake)

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    old road along the lake, meandering along.

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    couple rustic campsites, love the raised bed but it looks like parts of it were used for firewood......

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    tail heading South back down towards Squamish

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    poop makers.....Canada Geese on a log.

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    blight on a leaf

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    trail heading North(ish). Air smelled like vanilla , pine and dryness.

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    climbing up and up

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    looking down at one of many train tunnels bored thru the canyon

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    massive bluffs. Just breathtaking the sheer ruggedness of this canyon

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    Cheakamus River, THUNDERING as it weaves it way down the mountains. You should hear and see it during spring thaw/FLOOD :confused:
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    Bark River/ Vehement Knives MACV Recondo (@Strigidae Dooooo Iiiiit! :D) and the Lil Whipsnapper ESEE CR2.5

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    I grow my root this way. Nothing stops me.......
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    one of many commons dangers on a lot of trails here....falling trees and huge rocks

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    Don't let social stigma dissuade you from protecting your brain. I don't know a single alpine hiker that doesn't carry a helmet. If you want a cheaper option, go for a Petzl Vertex Vent. It's standard in the rescue world, good helmet, surprisingly durable, lightweight etc.

    Gotta admit though, those Team Wendy helmets are nice.
     
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    I got 3 Petzl Vertx Vents! one set up with ear muffs and mesh chainsaw shield, one set up with Peltor ear muffs, and one bare for rock climbing

    but those Team Wendy's......the rails offer so much in terms of mounting gear...and part of e REALLY wants to slap on a GoPro and some Surefire weapons lights....for old adit/mineshaft exploring.
     
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    I'll update this recent hike and pics in the next few days...i'm kinda pissed that i pay $120 a month for FIBER OPTIC internec....and its super SLOW>
     
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    +1. Get a helmet. The Petzl are good and inexpensive enough to have extras.
    Don't hang stuff off the helmet that doesn't have to be there.
    Head injuries suck, but so do neck injuries.
     
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    We're on Shaw 300 mbps for like $80 a month, haven't had many issues. You using wifi or ethernet?
     
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    neither, Fiber Optic baby! weeeeeee little glass tubes transmitting pulse of light and data at insane fast GIGABYTE speeds. At first it was insane...download 10 movies in less than 60 seconds.

    now its slow

    UPDATE: now resolved,back to normal.
     
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    Oh, so a wired connection then, directly into your computer?

    A capped speed can often mean a damaged cable.
     
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    June 9/2019, 20 Deg C, sunny/cloudy, "The Game Camera Placement, Flag Off FSR Hazards, Starvation Lake Hike, Sea To Sky Trail Hike, Bear Signs, Bear Signs, Bear Signs, Find An Elderly Man Weeping By The Cliffs Tour"

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    other end of the fallen tree.....a douglas fir. You could already see the bark worn where dumbarses walked out on it (it sticks out over a 1500 foot drop.


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    you want to slow down your bike here....no seriously....


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    more bluffs

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    cliff edge trail

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    approx 500'down , and the river just thundering and churning
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    trail slid out from the grating.......

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    I freaking love this trail!
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    would have been better with a train rolling thru but this is pretty damm impressive IMG_6892.JPG


    severe danger from above IMG_6895.JPG

    you have no idea how huge this old slide is////

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    more canyon/mountain views. Just wow. IMG_6900.JPG
    freeze, expand, crack,fall and kill.

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    leaving the forest the trail climbs high again, opening up to bluffs (lots of climbing areas hidden up here) IMG_6906.JPG

    bluff and more bluffs IMG_6907.JPG
    St John Wort
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    a view to make you feel small and insignificant........

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    flowers to break up the green......

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    Spiny Boi

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    heard some voices (not the good kind in yer noggin ! :D ) from the bluffs above and spotted these two climbing. Chatted with them later on the return trip IMG_6921.JPG
    there is a rive way down there somewhere....
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    another vista to make you feel small...... IMG_6923.JPG



    I was running out of time (work next day) so i grudgingly truned around and ehaded back. Pulled up the socks, tightened the boot laces , snugged up the JayJay's Patrol Harness, drained the last of my water, started the stopwatch (and Timer) and just HAMMERED HARD back down/up the trail. 5 minutes beep beep beep......go from a fast jog to a walk.....5 minutes beep beep beep HAMMER..........

    got back to the lake in about 45 minutes.

    facd with a brutal steep hill slog UP to the where the truck was , I stopped to brew up a double strong coffee. Used birch bark (the birch bark smoke is EXTREMELY effective for smudging skeeters and no seeums. ) threw in some fatwood for good measure

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    these are not the flames from the burner cup, the smoke was igniting
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    The If All Else Fails, Its Pissing Rain/Snowing, Just Fell Into The River In Winter, Gotta Get A Fire Going Now Kit.

    MagPul DAKA pouch, EXOTAC MatchCap (with STORM matches) Esee Standard Fire Steel, S&S Precision LockOut Case (with 50 PJCB) and a pile of wax dipped cotton discs

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    this is the ONLY place you want a heavy creosote build up in your "Chimney" - You get this stuff burning in your Kelly Kettle, Ghillie Kittle, MKettle SAS boiler, you get hot water FAST
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    Fueled up with caffeine and hate (that i gotta work the next morning and cant camp out here) I again did the 5 min intervals up the insanely steep washed out road, back to the truck. Another 45 min of hell and sweat. I was so pumped from finding this lake and trail and the exertions that i'm pretty sure if a bear had crossed my path i would have choke hold'ed it and layed a flurry of fists into its snout, before kicking its azz outta here with my boot. PUMPED!
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    got back to the truck, stinking of bug dope, sunscreen, sweat, garlic and beers coming thru my pores , very grateful for the ice cold air con. :cool:
     
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    had to fire off a banger or two.....the echo was amazing as it rolled around the mountains.





    the river and train trestle






    on the highway drive home, I pulled over at the lookout on the 99 to check something on one of my tires. Noticed an elderly Sikh man, dressed in traditional garb , sitting on the rock wall by the cliffs, he was weeping. Not sure if he was upset by something or contemplating jumping or what....he was alone, there was no else on the viewpoint.....just my truck and his rental car

    ...so I walked over and stood near him about 4 feet. I looked at the mountains and glaciers but also side looked at the man. He was sitting on the rock wall, dabbing his eyes with a linen cloth. I approached him and quietly inquired "is everything OK Sir? I noticed you were crying a bit, may I help in any way?"

    he gently put his hand on my shoulder and softly said "I am ok my friend. I am recently new here, a proud new Canadian. I am just overwhelmed with this (he gestured at the mountains and valleys in front of us), It is just too much to take in, It is very beautiful. I have never seen such big snow covered mountains. Please sit with me for a bit and tell me about this area.

    I felt a burst of BC / Canada pride and sat there for about half an hour, talking about the area and showing him some other areas to visit.

    we talked for a bit and then exchanged goodbyes and I drove home. I thought it was pretty amazing how our mountians and glaciers could move a grown man to tears.

    Great Sunday. :cool:
     
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    Like we say in the Northeast,Wicked Cool Bushman!Thanks for sharing your trip sir.
     
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    totally tubular :D
     
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    You are a good man and Canada is lucky to have you Bushman!
     
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    Finally caught back up. That Recondo Bowie is seriously calling my name
     
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    well, much like i keep bugging @Strigidae to just DO IT! , im going to bug you too.......DOOOOO IIIIIT! :D
     
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