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Posted on 08/30/2016


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Ice Hiking in British Columbia

Ice Hiking in British Columbia
Page 8: Lunch on the Franklin River.

(Talking about an epic backpack trip in 1952.)

A rare open space in the Canadian bush. This was indeed wild country. We followed grizzly bear trails. There were no human trails or tracks, no quaint abandoned cabins, old fire pits, etc. I found the hiking quite difficult in places. We crossed big windfalls, overflow swamps, cliffs, Devils Club, wet slippery boulder fields. Especially trying: the dense alder thickets. And always the mosquitos.

Mark Jenkins hiked this route in 1995. He seems to have spent more time than we did close to the river in the almost-impossible alders. Later he wrote a typical climber's description: (Outside Magazine, "Hallelujah I'm a Fool" July, 1999.)

"The only effective technique for making forward progress
was to bellow obscenities and thrash like epileptics....
That was Day 1. We'd managed five miles.
Day 2: More thrashing and cursing.
Day 3: More thrashing and cursing…."

In the photo above, my 45 pound pack is squatting there next to my knee. My husband’s 75 lb. pack is behind me. We were going in for at least three weeks, carrying climbing and snow camping gear plus extra food to cache in case we got stormed in. So we had two more packs, not seen in the photo above. We relayed them. That meant that on the way in, we "thrashed and cursed" over every inch of the route three times.

Below, a portion of an overflow swamp along the river. Until about 8 PM each evening, the water here grew steadily deeper and the footing more treacherous as the glacial runoff increased.

(Previous pages of the story are in my album, “Ice Hiking in British Columbia."

With pg 8, Lunch on the Franklin

Konstantin A Smirnov, Marie-claire Gallet, Pam J, William Sutherland and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


8 comments - The latest ones
ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo
Beautiful... Laurie
14 months ago.
LutzP
LutzP
.,..wow, another great story, Laurie.
14 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Phenomenal shots and story! The "thrashing and cursing" were undoubtedly worth it.
14 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Loved the quotes !

That is formidable thicket
14 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautifully captured.
Congrats on Explore.
14 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
That sounds a rugged walk indeed, and the photos certainly reflect the story.
14 months ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
it sounds awful! Look at that humungous pack! well done you.
14 months ago.