What you're Missing: a Guide to Side Trips off the Cassiar

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Crooked Creek, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. MoreCheese

    MoreCheese Now less Cheezy

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    Looks like a cool ride. Fun looking. Not many beavers around southern WI. All the ice / snow around here melted last month, not that we even had much this last winter.

    We've had a lot of warm weather around here lately, 20 to 40 degrees above normal (close to 80 a couple weeks ago). Took my sisters kayak out on the local river system and discovered otters in WI. I didn't even know we had otters in WI.
  2. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    That looked like a great trip, beautiful country. I was surprised it went down them so well, and when you kind of bounced off of the bank, tough little boat! Looks like you had a blast! Now go warm up!:D
  3. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Dude, you are way hardcore. :clap
  4. aquadog

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    What's the venue for the first whitewater trip? Looks like a good play boat.
  5. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    I love otters. Except for the one which attacked me when I was 12.

    Haha, I don't think so, but it was fun. I do hope to try some big stuff this summer though.

    I ended up hitting the bank many times, as well as lots of sharp beaver sticks. The boat is incredibly tough. I actually pinned it under a log with the whole creek pushing it against broken branches and not so much as a pinhole. I didn't get that part on camera, but I did end up putting some more (and better) footage of the trip up here.

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  6. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    Not sure. I'm gone Wednesday to the coast for two weeks, but first free day I get I'll be heading to the mountains with the bike to try out some remote creeks/rivers.
  7. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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  8. Leckster

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    Hey, Crooked Creek

    I'm from Edmonton Alberta as well and I've been going up to the Cassiar for the last 9 Years to do Exploration (I also was born and raised at Cassiar before the mine shut down in '92) and Quadding up there and did the Mount Klappan Trip as well but I didn't go any further then the actual Mountain itself due to limitations of fuel.

    I do spend most of my time around the Good Hope Lake, Cassiar Area in the summer but on the way up I've mannaged to stop and do a few days at Tatogga and some fishing and Quadding around there.

    This summer one of our trips is to finally head back into a place called Boulder Creek the access is about 7km South of Dease Lake and the road takes off in a Eastern Direction for from what I can tell and read it goes for about 100 - 150km.

    Any ways if you ever find you way up around Cassiar again and would like someone to do some adventure riding with I'll give you directions to our Gold Claim where we spend most of the summer between Mid-June and Mid-July.

    This is the map of about 80% of the trails I have found up there around Cassiar
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/44007771@N03/8438020489/" title="GPS by Leckster4x4, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8335/8438020489_ec34da5692.jpg" width="500" height="339" alt="GPS"></a>
    I'm sure you recognize this :-)
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/44007771@N03/8438024537/" title="Mount Klappan AirStrip by Leckster4x4, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8082/8438024537_15486589c1.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Mount Klappan AirStrip"></a>
  9. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    :clap PM sent. As it turns out, in my top 3 canoe trips for this summer is the Turnagain river, which is accessed via the Boulder City road. Are you going to go all the way to the Kutcho Creek Mine?
  10. GSPD750

    GSPD750 Adventurer

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    Hello CC...Do you have Laurel Archer's book Northern BC Canoe Trips Vol. 2? Do you plan to canoe or packraft the Turnagain?

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    Good chapter on the Turnagain/Ketchika River. I'll be in the Stikine/Muncho and Whitehorse area during the last 2 weeks of June. Anyone else have plans up there then? I envy your expidition river trips and someday i hope to tackle one of them. The Babine R. intrigues me which is more of a late Aug. or early Sept type trip...and thats only one river of many that I dream about.

    My river ride is an 18 ft Aire Leopard.

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  12. aquadog

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    With NRS frame and Carlisle oars, just like mine. Cool. Since I rent 'em, I have a couple Leopards in red and aqua and also a 16' Jaguarundi in aqua. I'm a cat type of guy, and thought I could turn more renters on to them, but most prefer (and probably need the weight carrying of the floor) self-bailers.
  13. Crooked Creek

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    I don't, but I took it out from the Library (love internet library ordering...) when I did the Stikine/Spatsizi. That's where I first got the idea for the Turnagain. We would have done it then if we would have had two weeks. I have volume one on my coffee table right now, as I'm also thinking of the Gataga/Kechika (since I found a free way in...) Laurel is good people though. Her and Tony Shaw were lots of help when I was planning to packraft the Finlay.

    If I do the Turnagain solo, I'll packraft it (because the portage around the falls is like 6km) but if I go with my buddy, we'll probably canoe since he's a little more high maintenance than I am :lol3. He likes his hardshell, but I picked up one of these off Craiglist a couple weeks ago and I am itching to put it to the test. Much cheaper if you ever have to fly and the self-baling is nice.

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    What are you up to there in June, just passing through? That's a SWEEEEEEEEEET cat you got there though. Babine would be fun. If you ever need a pilot packraft or SOAR for a trip, let me know. I'm not too far from you.
  14. GSPD750

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    That is one good looking family you have there CC. Your a lucky man.
    I like your new SOAR and it's payload. Will be interesting to see how 16' of inflatable canoe tracks on the water. Something about the Aire Outfitter series I find very appealing for a pack and paddle.

    Yes, a whirlwind trip though the north....I'm due. I lived in Whitehorse and Ft. Nelson many many years ago and still have fond memories up there when I had a honda XL500. I still have friends up there that I keep in touch with and more recently a friend living year round in Atlin now that I also hope to visit.

    Eventually I have to make it back down the Cassiar to Babine Lake to help the father-in-law with a new roof on the family cabin. The last couple years at Babine have produced record runs of sockeye with some great sport fishing. I know you like fish so here's a pic of my son with an 8 pounder. :evil
    ...and thanks for the boat offer. I'll be in touch.

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  15. aquadog

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    You'll like the SOAR, I rent those as well! :D As you'll have found, pretty rigid when inflated, tracks well, kind of a combination between a canoe and a ducky, in that you can bounce off things that would be an issue in a hardshell. Put in footpegs or use thigh straps (or both) for best effect. Rolling up in a ball makes helicopter portages possible, since you don't have to sling a load and therefore reduce the number of trips - and there are rare places where a helicopter portage, if it's short, is worthwhile.
  16. aquadog

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    You guys probably know this, but with small inflatables like canoes/duckies, the problem is not load capacity but volume, due to the room taken up by the side tubes. Two guys, packs, and then you try to put a moose in the boat? :rofl But if you have two of the SOAR, or two similar size inflatables, it's really easy to make a cataraft by lashing them together with a couple poles. Leave a space, lash together, put some small poles on for a platform between the SOAR, and *poof*, room for lots of stuff.

    Rafting together also can get you through some big water, depending on paddler expertise. I did this with a couple duckies when a friend still wanted to go along on a Tatshenshini day trip, but her pregnancy was getting along and she didn't want to ride on a guest raft. Acts as a side x side R2, ran up to Grade IV no problem.

    Versatile little inflatables. Have fun.
  17. Frontier Moto Paul

    Frontier Moto Paul Off road focused back country adventure tours.

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    This pass has been on my mind for some time now and I have no idea how I managed to stumble on your ride report (which is awsome btw) From what I can see is that it has yet to be completed and maybe it wont be but I plan on attempting it in the summer of 2020 depending on when my yamaha t7 arives as I want someting lighter then my africa twin for this one. What im taking from this one is to attempt it during a dry spell and what I can see from satilight images is that there is a solid 50km section of hell to try to get through. If you have heard anythig on this since your last attempt any info would be appreciated. cheers!!
  18. Crooked Creek

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    You're talking about the rail grade? If so, there is also at least two large rivers with no bridges. So you'll need a raft capable of floating your bike. And the "road" never got built for that section. So a chainsaw and small bulldozer too :-).
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  19. Frontier Moto Paul

    Frontier Moto Paul Off road focused back country adventure tours.

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    ahh dang yea i did see the 2 rivers and figured I would hope for a dry year and cross or bring a couple hundred feet of rope and pullys and try to fly it across but i wasent sure if the road was grown in or non existant which is a problem.
  20. Crooked Creek

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    The "road" was a rail grade that was going to be built for the train. But from what I remember that middle section just got cleared, it didn't get the gravel base built all the way up. But it still would be a worthy expedition goal. It's just a serious undertaking :D.