But this story is of a trip 2 weeks later. At our camp in Drop Pass, the day of the arctic gale, although it had been cloudless, I wondered whether we might have to exit via Cheakamus Lk if we were pinned down by a bad storm and wondered what it would have been like. In the stormy weeks that followed the thought kept coming back into my mind. So when a good weekend approached and I had Friday off I decided to check it out by myself.
I started very early and drove to the Cheakamus Lk road which was bare but blocked by an old rockhard snowbank plowed across the start. There was only one thing to do, start walking. Soon I could put on skis and skins and I left them on for the icy up and down trail to the lake.
The ice seemed safe, frozen rock hard, frost still sparkling on it from a cold night. I took off my skins and shot out onto the lake. Doublepoling and skating alternately I cruised almost the whole length in barely 20 min. But near the SE end I found a continuos moat of open water. The bank was bare and steep, so the water was too deep to get off the ice. I wondered how far I would have to go back. Finally at the very end there... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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