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Crooked Creek 07-06-2012 11:53 PM

Canada's Best Kept Secret: 500km from the nearest paved road, solo in Northern BC.
 
It all started two summers ago. It was my first adventure bike, and my first adventure ride.

After stumbling upon this picture online,

http://www.motorcycleexplorer.com/n_bc/klap_pas.jpg

I decided that after heading up the Stewart/Cassiar into Hyder I would check out this mysterious rail grade.

Doing some digging, I had found that in the 1960's the Dease Lake Extension was planned to link the vast mineral resources in the Cassiars with the worldwide market via Fort St. James. But it proved a lot easier said than done, and by the time most of work was done in 1977, the cost was already twice what it was supposed to be (at 168 million), the copper and asbestos markets were in decline, and the contractors were suing BC Rail for misrepresenting the difficulty of the project.

A Royal Commission was appointed and in 1978 it was decided to abandon the project, leaving 240 km of railbed between Driftwood and Dease Lake incomplete. But for most of it, the grade has already been put in, enabling access to the Sacred Headwaters via the Ealue Road. Tom Grenon had ridden the rail bed (10-15) years before and I was curious to see if it was still possible.

It was.

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/...rip2010190.jpg


And the further in and the higher up I went, the more I fell in love with the remote and rugged beauty of the area, known to many as the Sacred Headwaters.

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/...rip2010239.jpg


So I went back the next year.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-A...e+2011+233.JPG


With a new bike and a new friend, the goal was to ride as far a possible south towards Fort St. James.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-3...e+2011+102.JPG


It was a little muddy, so we didn't make it all the way, but we sure had fun trying.

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So much so, that later that summer, I came back again.

Traveling down the rail bed to Didene Creek, at the end of August another friend and I portaged 5 km into the headwaters of the Spatsizi.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-p...e+Trip+039.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-n...e+Trip+053.JPG


From there, we paddled the length of the Spatsizi into the Stikine and on to the highway 37 bridge, making 250km in four days of paddling.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-C...e+Trip+077.JPG


We didn't really know what we were doing; but we ended up surviving, and we are still friends today :D.

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Don't worry, we pulled out right before here.

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Hiking up to the Spatsizi plateau at Hyland Post, we could see that beyond the source of the Stikine lay rugged and beautiful mountains.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-x...e+Trip+171.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-s...e+Trip+157.JPG


I decided that I must get in there somehow someday.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-w...e+Trip+163.JPG


So I did.

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Mercenary 07-07-2012 12:10 AM

In like a bad penny!

:lurk

prime 07-07-2012 12:14 AM

subscribed! let's here it!

DRRambler 07-07-2012 12:20 AM

In!!

Vinbowie 07-07-2012 05:31 AM

You are way out there pal.
Really cool.
Thanks:clap:clap:clap

mdlak 07-07-2012 05:43 AM

In! :lurk

squonker 07-07-2012 06:12 AM

Right on, here we go!

gunnerbuck 07-07-2012 06:58 AM

Sucked in again...

Gale B.T. 07-07-2012 07:21 AM

WHAT squonker and gunnerbuck said but maybe 100 times more since I am so far away from 'home'.

Great RR Ben, we are hooked.
gale,tetejaunecache

hardwaregrrl 07-07-2012 08:32 PM

Yes!!!!:wings:wings:wings :pynd

Crooked Creek 07-07-2012 10:11 PM

Sorry, I don't have time to write yet. But--in a nutshell--I rode almost 3000 km of mostly gravel and dirt roads in 3 days to Canada's best kept secret and back. I met a total of one vehicle once I left the main FSR on the way in, and saw 2 on the way out.

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hardwaregrrl 07-08-2012 04:40 AM

Hey! Looks like you've streamlined your pack job a bit!!:lol3 Can't wait for the words but the pics are spectacular!:thumb

Crooked Creek 07-08-2012 08:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hardwaregrrl (Post 19081825)
Hey! Looks like you've streamlined your pack job a bit!!:lol3 Can't wait for the words but the pics are spectacular!:thumb

Haha, I think did a little bit better with the packing this time, especially considering that I have a boat, whitewater helmet, paddle, drysuit and full set of rafting gear in there :D.

hanksmybuddy 07-08-2012 08:18 AM

Now we're talking adventure...... Subscribed!

HighwayChile 07-08-2012 08:39 AM

holy crap, thats a lot of stuff ! post fuel details too :1drink I plan to go up there later in yr, , hope to take dirt route west of 97 up. I dont subscribe to many threads, I am now. :1drink gotta hear about the boat stuff. :1drink


Quote:

Originally Posted by Crooked Creek (Post 19082608)
Haha, I think did a little bit better with the packing this time, especially considering that I have a boat, whitewater helmet, paddle, drysuit and full set of rafting gear in there :D.



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