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The Route of Stanley Smith in 1893
Timestamp Free: 2017.07.27 - 00:19:42
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / The Tahumming Range
Participants: Stanley Smith
Difficulty: 4: Rugged river canyons, extensive glacier travel.
A description of the route of Stanley Smith up the Squamish and Elaho Rivers, and across the icecaps to Chilko Lake, then overland to the Kliniklini River and Knight Inlet.
The first written account of the Lillooet Icecap appeared in November 5th 1893 in the Victoria Colonist under the heading "Stanley Smith's Travels - How Clark and Braden Perished." The basic story is one of the all time great exploration stories of the early days of the coast range. To put this period of time into historical perspective, note that this was a full three years before the Wilcox Expedition first discovered the Columbia Icefields, largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies. The Stanley Smith expedition went all the way from Vancouver to Knight Inlet, across vast icefields that were not even known to exist at the time. Their goal was to search for remains of an engineer named Clark and an artist named Braden who had disappeared in the spring of 1892 to find a route from Squamish to the Chilcotin. Their intention was to make a rough survey of the area which they felt might be worth something to railway promoters. In any event, Clarke and Braden did not return. The Provincial Government then made an attempt to solve the mystery, which resulted in the police instructing Stanley Smith, an explorer to set off in the grand old style, and try and shed some light on the mystery. Stanley Smith's report starts off:
"In accordance with your instructions on July 21, I purchased provisions and outfit for myself and one man for the journey by Squamish to Chilcotin, in search of Clark and Braden. We started July 24 and reached Squamish on the evening of the 25th.."
The main part of the trip was made by Stanley Smith and a Mr. Doolittle, who had more surveying experience. However, at least the initial part of the trip up the Squamish and Elaho they were accompanied by Clark's younger brother. In addition, there were numerous native people involved on the...
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