Bikes and Horses in the South Chilcotin – a four day alpine adventure


Chilcotin September 2008

Day 2 – Graveyard – Elbow Pass – September 5, 2008

Words by Lee Lau. Photos by, Sharon Bader and Rob McLachlan unless otherwise noted.

I’ll be brief. On our second day it rained a lot and showed us why Sharon always jokes that Chilcotin means “Wet Feet”. We scrubbed our plans to do alpine traverses. While the rest of the group hiked around camp Rob, Monte, Iori and I went up Little Graveyard, down Elbow and then back to Graveyard Camp. The beauty of this setup is coming back to a toasty fire and lots of good food – very necessary for drying out soaked gear. We covered about 26kms and climbed 1100m today.

Iori and Monte heading up Graveyard Creek towards a very gray looking alpine.

Pushing up to Elbow Pass – Rob leads the way

Elbow Pass had high moisture content and I was grateful for goretex socks

Monte descending Elbow Pass heading W

… and once you’re wet, you can’t get much wetter

People were kind and left me seconds and thirds and fourths of pecan pie and barbequed chicken

A raging fire dries all

Bikes and horses all love the warmth

Warren taking care of shoeing duties during a camp day

Tarps kept the kitchen and food area dry. SLWA has this down to a science

More food….. mmmmmm

Our friendly porters

Our route today – yellow line

Covered approx. 25km, 650m elevation

About the author: Lee Lau

Lee Lau calls North Vancouver and Whistler BC home. He's had over 15 years experience riding bikes mainly in western North America and in Europe. Unlike many people who learned to ride bikes on North Shore trails, he actually enjoys riding (and sometimes bushwhacking) uphill.

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