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Old 08-18-2011, 09:33 PM   #106
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Haha. Touchy much? All I remember you fiddling with the GPS for a while and not knowing how far the Kluatantan was . Thought you said you lost your track or something. But if it was only 35km we should have kept going .
No what I said was that it is hard to find anything on the little tiny GPS screen and that when I get home i could tell you exactly how far we got.
Now i just need to figure out how to attach a GPS file to this message so others can see it too or use it as reference.
And those 35 k's would have taken us a whole day with the weather condtions we had. Look at Google earth it is high resolution pictures for the first few km's after we stopped and you cant even tell that there is a road, just kind of a clearcut with some bogs.
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:01 PM   #107
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And those 35 k's would have taken us a whole day with the weather condtions we had. Look at Google earth it is high resolution pictures for the first few km's after we stopped and you cant even tell that there is a road, just kind of a clearcut with some bogs.
Sometimes 3 km can take all day! Thanks for the clarification.
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:13 PM   #108
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the roads you took would a bigger bike like the BMW F800GS or Tiger 800XC make it?
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:08 AM   #109
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So far we're seeing what are essentially pretty good roads for the most part...but I await the Golden Bear Mine section!
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:22 AM   #110
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So far we're seeing what are essentially pretty good roads for the most part...but I await the Golden Bear Mine section!
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:15 AM   #111
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...those 35 k's would have taken us a whole day with the weather condtions we had. Look at Google earth it is high resolution pictures for the first few km's after we stopped and you cant even tell that there is a road, just kind of a clearcut with some bogs.
I know .

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the roads you took would a bigger bike like the BMW F800GS or Tiger 800XC make it?
Yep. Unless any new washouts occur, you could make it to Mt Klappan on a Gold Wing in dry weather. Just watch for that one loose patch I almost crashed at.

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...I await the Golden Bear Mine section!
Still waiting, eh...
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:19 PM   #112
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Still waiting, eh...
Impatiently. I'd go look myself this year, but a) the weather still sucks, b) we're experiencing Fall Angst, when everybody wants something done NOW before it snows. Why do they wait until it's almost too late?
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:48 PM   #113
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Cool2 Mount Klappan

Ok, I promise to get on with the story, but for now this is the best I can do with one hand while holding a baby...















And some from Swinada:


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We took the mandatory "Gipfelphoto" (tradition back home is that you need to take a picture once you climbed the mountain) of course that also counts when you rode most of the way up on your bike.


Vom Winde verweht!



I coaxed CC into taking a ride along the crest and in to a little left over snow field. He didnt want me to film it just in case he falls over. He didnt want that ending up on Youtube. But I knew he would do just fine.







And off he comes again

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Old 08-20-2011, 08:21 PM   #114
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Lost Ridge

So it turn's out that what I've been calling Mount Klappan is actually Lost Ridge. My bad. Mount Klappan is the peak just south.

They test mined this area back in 1985/85, and pulled out 200 000 tonnes of coal.




It looks like a deal is in place to develop the mine, so better get out there while it's still a wilderness.

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Old 08-20-2011, 08:44 PM   #115
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Lost Ridge to Stikine River

On the way down the mountain I didn't hold back. The high revving R2 has great engine braking (IMO) so I headed down the same way I went up, full throttle. Swinada didn't have the same approach, but we both made it back to camp.

One thing he definitely had on me though, was cargo capacity.




While Swinada was unloading his pack mule, it was time for some maintenance.




One of the many reasons I love my little hatchet; it makes a great center stand.






By now I was pretty sure I had done some substantial damage to my chain, so I set about cleaning it with my multipurpose spray juice.



Not great, but better than it was.


Also needing repair was my brand new mattress.




I cut a piece of fabric from the fringe and a little bit of this...




and a little bit of this...





and we were good as new (again.)





As the sun gave us a glimmer of hope, Swinada did a little fixing as well.




Like I said before, rainbows were hitting us from every side.




We decided to stay another night in the Spatsizi so we could explore a little on the way out. FYI, the water in the little Klappan is muddy (especially this year) so if you camp here, the best place to get your drinking water is this little creek just back up towards the airstrip a km or two. The water tastes like a glacier peed out pure joy. It was already 11 or so when I took this shot.

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Old 08-20-2011, 11:50 PM   #116
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Forget Fording Rivers

Just ride across the rail bridge...

"Canadian National Railway collaboration to extend railway infrastructure to the mine site, providing a scalable transportation solution to the port of Prince Rupert;"

Good research, CC. If economics keep working, 2 - 3 years of permitting and engineering, then...? Exploration and development is booming in the Yukon as well. I've been meaning to get up a certain side road off the South Canol Road, but with Chinese investment, the trail is becoming a road this year. Granted, easier to go see, but.


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Old 08-21-2011, 08:31 AM   #117
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"Canadian National Railway collaboration to extend railway infrastructure to the mine site, providing a scalable transportation solution to the port of Prince Rupert;"
Yeah, if I'm going to ride the whole thing, I'd better hurry.


Speaking of hurrying, I'm leaving for the Spatsizi today, so you guys will have to entertain yourselves until I'm back in civilization.
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:17 PM   #118
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Ben? Ben? Beennnn?

It doesn't take that long to paddle the Spatisizi. Should we be sending out the rescue party? Had to do that once already this summer...at least helicopters weren't involved this year, that gets rather expensive, although I've lost my embarassment about asking for their Visa number before arranging it...not that I wouldn't anyway, but simpler when the rules are up front.

Golden Bear Mine Road? My new motto this year is "more tolerance, less patience", but I'm still practicing it.
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:57 PM   #119
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It doesn't take that long to paddle the Spatisizi.
Oops, forgot about this little RR. Been a little busy lately. We did (barely) survive our trip up the Spatsizi/Stikine. River was really high and fast (ie. 23.3km/h was our top speed.) I must say though, if you don't mind getting snowed on, the end of August is definitely the prettiest time to ride the rail bed.




5 km portage (and one of us did it twice...)





Red Goat Mountain


Hiked all the way up the Spatsizi Plateau.




And rode the rail bed again in the rain (and snow.)




More pics here and here.

After the canoeing trip, drove back 36 hours straight for the busiest week of my life and then headed down for a week in the marshes of Louisiana. Pics are here and here.






It's a rough life, I know. Just rode home last night from the airport (5 hours in 4 degree weather) with a cooler full of shrimp, crabs, frogs, and gator.

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Old 09-14-2011, 04:51 PM   #120
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Great Pictures as per usual



Man I am jealous

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