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Old 08-22-2013, 07:45 PM   #3511
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I'm planning to head out for Radium and Invermere on Saturday AM to check out Paradise Mine and Mineral King and some of the other ones on the road out behind Panorama - Toby Creek. If the day gets too long I will camp. PM me if your interested in coming along.

Watch out for the little pack rat wood squirrel type things..

The last time I was out there those little bas***ds were all up in the wiring of my truck under the hood while I was sleeping inside this spring. I guess it's common for them to do this. Thankfully they were eating the insulation off a wire that was run for a stereo and not the vehicle harness.

They came back 3 times that night. I was out there with my flashlight trying to catch the little buggers.

It's not a comforting feeling when you hear rattling under your truck, my dog is growling and getting aggravated, and I'm just trying not to get sprayed by a skunk or who knows what was under the vehicle. Stressful night.. =)

I was camped at around 7000-7500 ft up an old switchback logging road by myself.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:58 PM   #3512
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I was bracing myself for a big brouhaha. I have been reading in jo mama for to long.
I was tempted, but will leave it alone =)

That last post above almost sounds like we should feel bad for Shell?
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:06 PM   #3513
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Watch out for the little pack rat wood squirrel type things..

The last time I was out there those little bas***ds were all up in the wiring of my truck under the hood while I was sleeping inside this spring. I guess it's common for them to do this. Thankfully they were eating the insulation off a wire that was run for a stereo and not the vehicle harness.

They came back 3 times that night. I was out there with my flashlight trying to catch the little buggers.

It's not a comforting feeling when you hear rattling under your truck, my dog is growling and getting aggravated, and I'm just trying not to get sprayed by a skunk or who knows what was under the vehicle. Stressful night.. =)

I was camped at around 7000-7500 ft up an old switchback logging road by myself.
Leave your hood open. It doesn't guarantee anything but those bastards are less likely to make a nest on the top of your engine and make a mess.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:52 PM   #3514
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Leave your hood open. It doesn't guarantee anything but those bastards are less likely to make a nest on the top of your engine and make a mess.
Found that out AFTER my trip this year at Kookanusa. All the guys we knew had their hoods propped up with wood. I was like "WTF??"

Then they explained it to me.

Wonder why that that is? Just an open space? Predators from above? Light? (This was pitch black when they were under my hood), etc.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:04 AM   #3515
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So this isn't true, I work for Shell and we have a few wells and a large compressor station about 30kms west of Bragg Creek. When the bridge washed out by Allen Bill pond and Powderface washed out we had no way to access the compressor station or the wells, which we weren't worried about the production but if we had a gas release we had no way to get to it. So Shell got approval from the government to do the repairs to Powderface trail because it would be easier to repair for access than the bridge. Shell payed to repair the Powderface trail and once the bridge was replaced we handed it back over to the government with no reimbursement. The government are now the ones that have it closed and it is not at all for oil and gas reasons but waiting for it to be properly repaired.
Thanks for clearing that up. I was just relaying what the camp attendant had told me. I suppose it's always easy to blame the evil oil companies (who happen to put food n my table as well).
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:24 AM   #3516
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Thanks for clearing that up. I was just relaying what the camp attendant had told me. I suppose it's always easy to blame the evil oil companies (who happen to put food n my table as well).
Yes, cool whip and cheese slices.
I am disappointed about how we are more restricted in where we can go. But some riders and quadders are a-holes. It is them I blame mostly.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:38 AM   #3517
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Limestone Mountain

Anyone up for a ride to Limestone Mountain this Sunday?

Meeting place is Tim's in Cochrane. I'll have wheels rolling at 10:00 AM.

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Old 08-23-2013, 11:48 AM   #3518
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Wonder why that that is? Just an open space? Predators from above? Light? (This was pitch black when they were under my hood), etc.
Heat mostly, it's nice and warm up there.
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:13 PM   #3519
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Anyone up for a ride to Limestone Mountain this Sunday?

Meeting place is Tim's in Cochrane. I'll have wheels rolling at 10:00 AM.

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Old 08-24-2013, 09:13 AM   #3520
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I am infor limestone.
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:28 AM   #3521
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Beyond the Margaret Lake turnoff

Wondering what the Waiparous Valley road is like past the junction for Margaret Lake. I was up go the lake yesterday and enjoyed the hills bits at the end. Add my voice to criticisms regarding the destruction wrought by 4x4s and quads. It's really a bummer to see the trail destruction out that way. I'm sure most riders/drivers are responsible types but f*ck! Anyways back to my question, after the creek crossing at junction 129 is it pretty much more of the same or does it somehow become super gnarly and otherwise impossible for a mildly skilled somewhat foolhardy solo rider?
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:19 PM   #3522
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Pissed Powderface trail

So...after deciding to change plans today due to the horrendous traffic delay on the TC to Canmore and the general mayhem on the roads that is RV's, tourists, etc. I thought I would take spray lakes to Powderface to get home.

I saw the barricade at Powderface, and the gap between the two gates, and decided to go for it. There were lots of other bike and MTB tracks and even a couple of 4x4s parked up along the trail. The ride was excellent. The trail was in fine condition anything with a slightly higher than normal ground clearance could make the trip. Having the trail to myself was great. Smooth flowing ride at my own pace without thinking about oncoming cars/trucks.

The kicker is.....I got a ticket. As if waiting for me, I was stopped by a "Conservation Officer" as I emerged through the gate at Forgetmenot. I was polite, respectful and apologetic. Did that help at all? Nope. $174 for my apparently disgraceful transgression. How dare I pass the barriers and go where only logging trucks and gas trucks can go... Yeah, I deliberately ignored the sign. I'm guilty. But $174!! You have to be joking. Not to mention our tax dollars are paying for guys to sit there and hand out tickets.

Final note. I passed over the temporary bridge at the old Allen Bill Pond and that road/bridge is more sketchy than anything on powderface and there were people parked all over the place including beyond the barriers. No "Conservation" officers in sight. Wish you were with me Shibby! You would have a field day.
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:31 PM   #3523
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So...after deciding to change plans today due to the horrendous traffic delay on the TC to Canmore and the general mayhem on the roads that is RV's, tourists, etc. I thought I would take spray lakes to Powderface to get home.

I saw the barricade at Powderface, and the gap between the two gates, and decided to go for it. There were lots of other bike and MTB tracks and even a couple of 4x4s parked up along the trail. The ride was excellent. The trail was in fine condition anything with a slightly higher than normal ground clearance could make the trip. Having the trail to myself was great. Smooth flowing ride at my own pace without thinking about oncoming cars/trucks.

The kicker is.....I got a ticket. As if waiting for me, I was stopped by a "Conservation Officer" as I emerged through the gate at Forgetmenot. I was polite, respectful and apologetic. Did that help at all? Nope. $174 for my apparently disgraceful transgression. How dare I pass the barriers and go where only logging trucks and gas trucks can go... Yeah, I deliberately ignored the sign. I'm guilty. But $174!! You have to be joking. Not to mention our tax dollars are paying for guys to sit there and hand out tickets.

Final note. I passed over the temporary bridge at the old Allen Bill Pond and that road/bridge is more sketchy than anything on powderface and there were people parked all over the place including beyond the barriers. No "Conservation" officers in sight. Wish you were with me Shibby! You would have a field day.
Don't get me started!! Grr...

I was out hiking in the Wiaparous / Hunter valley area and when I came back to my truck I had a "report a poacher" card stuck on my wiper....

For the Fish and Feathers getting their budget cut massively this year, they sure have been out more than the last 3-4 years. Last couple weekends I've seen them plenty of times and been pulled over twice.




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Wondering what the Waiparous Valley road is like past the junction for Margaret Lake. I was up go the lake yesterday and enjoyed the hills bits at the end. Add my voice to criticisms regarding the destruction wrought by 4x4s and quads. It's really a bummer to see the trail destruction out that way. I'm sure most riders/drivers are responsible types but f*ck! Anyways back to my question, after the creek crossing at junction 129 is it pretty much more of the same or does it somehow become super gnarly and otherwise impossible for a mildly skilled somewhat foolhardy solo rider?
If anything it gets easier. Less water, easy water crossings, maybe one hill that's so-so, but nothing harder than the Margaret Lake loop.

As with everything, I suggest you go with others. I've seen many of my friends with concussions and I've personally twisted my knee and badly tore my MCL. If I wasn't there for my friends, or my buddy for me , I'd be in some pretty bad situations. I normally have my spot, but that's only so good and that's IF you can press it or have access to it. After that it's still likely hours before you see someone.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:19 PM   #3524
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Limestone

Love to go. Perhaps another time!

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Anyone up for a ride to Limestone Mountain this Sunday?

Meeting place is Tim's in Cochrane. I'll have wheels rolling at 10:00 AM.

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Old 08-24-2013, 08:29 PM   #3525
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3400 Kms on prairie back roads. Great time!


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