Canada's Best Kept Secret: 500km from the nearest paved road, solo in Northern BC.

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Crooked Creek, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    It all started two summers ago. It was my first adventure bike, and my first adventure ride.

    After stumbling upon this picture online,

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    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.

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    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.

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    So I went back the next year.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    I decided that I must get in there somehow someday.

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    So I did.

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  2. Mercenary

    Mercenary Mindless Savage

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  3. prime

    prime Adventurer

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    subscribed! let's here it!
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  4. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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  5. Vinbowie

    Vinbowie Been here awhile

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

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  7. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Right on, here we go!
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  8. gunnerbuck

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    Sucked in again...
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  9. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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

    Great RR Ben, we are hooked.
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  10. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Yes!!!!:wings:wings:wings :pynd
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  11. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    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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  12. hardwaregrrl

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

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    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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  14. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    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


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  16. yellowknife

    yellowknife Is In Canada

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    and I see a new one by Crooked Creek. Nuff information for me to subscribe.
    I am so bloody jealous right now... :lol3

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  17. hardwaregrrl

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    ....what the hell happened to your kickstand????? I know out of all of those awesome pics, that's the one I focus on. :D
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  18. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Raft, paddle......


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    n16ht5 ride the night

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    Arghhh so sick!!!!:clap
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