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Taseko Lake - Canoe, Glacier and Horse Trip
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.24 - 13:07:10
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (11 days)
Participants: Bill Grainger, Peter Turje, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 3: Easy mountain scrambling, easy lining canoe up Lord River, easy horse ride, lucky ford of Tzecizan
The trip that had everything: canoe, horse, and glacier.
It was the summer of 1977, and I couldn't get a summer job, so I just lined up as many trips as I could think of, back to back, for the whole summer. Bill Grainger and bought a yellow Frontiersman 17 foot 4 inch "Scout" canoe from the factory. Now with our new canoe, we had to find a trip. A friend of Bill called Peter Turje had read a magazine article about Taseko Lake, so that became our destination. The magazine route was to go up the Falls Glacier, through the steep glaciated pass just east of Corner Peak, and then come down the Tchaikazan Glacier. That sounded like a grand idea. Bill and Peter designated me as the "mountain guide", since I had a solid year of experience in the Rockies.

The plan was that Peter Turje would fly into Taseko lake a week ahead of us with his kayak. Then we'd find him somewhere in Lord Lake, upstream from Taseko Lake. Thus we dubbed the trip "The search for Peter Turje". He flew in with a float plane operator called "Sharp Wings" from Williams lake. Peter and Bill were strictly river men, both professional boatmen with Canadian River Expeditions, run by big John Mikes. This Taseko Lake trip would be their introduction to glaciers and peaks. So I got together some glacier gear and we set out in Bill's 1969 Econoline van. Bill's van had a built in wood stove with a stovepipe coming out the side. I also had the same model of van as did many treeplanters at that time. But for this trip, we decided on Bill's van. [photo]1.1_EquipmentShot.jpg[caption]1969 Econoline Van, Frontiersman canoe, and wooden ice axe[/photo]

On the ride up, we discussed various ethical questions of the day such as: "When is it OK to lie?" Bill had reasoned it was OK to lie to the government. Are higher gas prices necessary to discourage pollution? Bill said...

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