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Checking Out Upper Shale Creek Drainage
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.09 - 16:16:27
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 2175m
Participants: Fred Touche
Difficulty: 3: Class 3-4
A hike into the headwaters of Shale Creek in the Pitt River drainage, which included a climb of Nebula S1.
First I had to borrow a mountain bike, then I was hoping to catch a ride to the head of Pitt Lake. The night before the trip I borrowed Christian Veenstra's old commuter bike.

August 29, 2009
The next day I drove to the boat launch near the south end of Pitt Lake and started looking for a ride. The first people that I ran into were from the Department of Fisheries who were in the process of loading beer into an aluminum boat. They were going exactly were I wanted to go but they said no, they were not allowed to carry random passengers. The second group I talked to were loading speakers into their boat, had no room, and were only going to a cabin halfway up the lake. The third group had a sail boat, and the fourth group were going to rent canoes. I settled in for a long wait.

After an hour, a guy and a teenager showed up with big pickup truck, trailer, and a 2-tonne river boat. "Yeah jump right in, we'll take you to the head of the lake". I loaded my pack and [px]bike.jpg[c]bike into the boat[/px] and we were off in a little more than five minute. Greg was a cigar chomping lineman who liked to fish, and his grandson Connel was allowed to operate the boat. We lazily cruised at 50 km/h and reached the dock at the head of the lake in just half an hour.

As I disembarked, my pack got stuck in the boat just as the boat started drifting away from the dock. Straddling both the dock and the boat, I was forced to let go of the dock and cling to boat. A second attempt was thankfully successful - I thanked them and waved goodby.

I'm not used to biking and saddle technology doesn't appear to have changed in decades - they're just as hard as ever. My butt was already sore after the first kilometer, but the advantages of biking versus hiking on a flat logging road...

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