This is the second time I’ve heard that desperate plea from a stranded skier, and luckily I had duct tape with me again today.
With 9K to go, I came upon Seraina and two friends, James and Logan, on the Spray river west trail.
Still 10 metres away from them, and before I could ask if they needed help, Seraina asked if I had duct tape.
It was a cold day to be stranded. I don’t think any of the weather forecasts predicted the temperatures correctly today. It was -15°C on Goat creek/Spray river and the snow was -16. I’m glad I was there with my duct tape.
Seraina made the necessary repairs and I told her to keep the tape for any subsequent repairs which might be needed.
Seraina, James and Logan were with a large group of skiers who were waiting for them at the Spray river east-west junction, so I knew that help was close by.
As for skiing today, Goat creek and Spray river were in nice shape, albeit cold. No indications of the chinook arriving yet. I took Spray river east into Banff, and it has seen lots of multi-use, but the tracks were still okay.
Duct tape came in handy for the one time I had to use it myself. About 9 or 10 years ago, my pole strap broke while on Tyrwhitt. I made a new one with duct tape which worked surprisingly well.
A couple years ago on Pocaterra, I gave my duct tape to Rick so he could repair a broken pole.
It’s been a while since we talked about the essentials which you should carry in your backpack, so you might want to review this post from four years ago What’s in your pack?
I don’t carry a large, heavy roll of duct tape. I wind it from the large roll onto a small spool so it doesn’t take up too much room in my backpack. That reminds me, I have something to do.
Entries are now closed for the Emerald Lake Lodge contest but you(especially the ladies) should take a look at the latest great photos which were submitted.