Marvin, a friend from Golden, is the quintessential social butterfly. Being a curmudgeon before my time, I hope strangers I meet on the trail will be satisfied with a simple "G'day" or "Is the Cappuccino Bar still open?". Marv, however, can't help stopping to hear how their mother's health is holding up, and getting a report on little Bobbie's fourth birthday party (yes, they are strangers to him too). This August, he was doing the butterfly thing at Applebee camp, and learned of a new road up Farnham Creek. Rumour had it that it was constructed in cooperation with the Canadian Olympic Association and that RK Heliski had insisted that the road be gated. And soon.
A new road to dramatically reduce the suffering required to gain the Commander Glacier? That will soon be closed to the people who own the land (you and me)? Other plans were hastily cast aside and a trip to Commander was on. Cindy Walker had only been climbing 19 days in the last 21, and was keen to get out and do something for a change, so she joined Sandra, Kumo, and me on August 18 for the long drive around to Radium where we would meet Marv the next day.
We met Marv in Radium as planned and packed the five of us and our gear into the faithful Nissan. We drove the Horsethief Creek... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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