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Copper River bush-fest
Timestamp Free: 2018.09.25 - 22:32:48
Ranges: North America Ranges / BC Interior Mountains / Hazelton Mountains / Bulkley Ranges / Serb Range
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 1900m
Participants: Glenn Woodsworth
Difficulty: 3: Serious bushwhacking, otherwise no technical difficulty.
Bushwhacking in the Copper River (Zymoetz) drainage and an ascent of Ventura Peak
In the summer of 1966 I was leading a prospecting group working out of Terrace for a consortium called the Ventura Syndicate. Most of our work was east and northeast of Terrace, but in July and August we extended our area to the Copper (Zymoetz) River. The river is officially called the Zymoetz River, but locals call it the Copper, and the major FSR is the Copper River Road.

July 1966 trip
In July, the helicopter dropped me off on the east side of the Copper River, just upriver from the mouth of well named Red Canyon Creek. The plan was to hike down the Copper to Limonite Creek, which was then the end of the logging road coming up the Copper from Highway 16. My field assistant didn't enjoy the bush, and after a day announced, "I quit." "Fine," I said, "but we still have to hike out of here. Are you sure you don't want to stay on the payroll for another few days, and then quite?" He thought it over, picked up his pack and started bushwhacking downriver. He was fine for the rest of the summer.

It took us some 4 days to cover the 35 km to the logging road at Limonite Creek. Along the way we were silt sampling, prospecting, and doing a bit of geological mapping. Because we were picking up samples as we went, our packs got heavier day by day. There were no roads and no established trails. Occasionally we'd pick up a game trail that we could follow for a bit, mainly on open benches where the going was easy. But these always petered out when the bush got thick, which is where we really wanted them. There were four or five major side creeks to cross, but I don't remember any great difficulty. A few kilometres before reaching Limonite Creek we came across some really interesting fossil beds, with abundant Jurassic ammonites easily found in the talus. This...

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