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  1. Went up to Forks and visited Three Isle. Apparently there was a stream of traffic out of that area on Monday night. I’d say a red klister.

    Forks was a great place to set up camp, good facilities ie picnic table, food lockers, fire pits and fire wood. Lots of round the evening fire bullsh*t sessions.

    Rumor there was a bear passing thru early morning, probably the morning Hoover clean.

    Fairly buggy in all areas. Fill up bottles at the clear creek just before the campground (about 10 min walk pre-forkscampground). Going to say it’s coming off Lyaultey Glacier but don’t quote me on that.

    • Question from one who has been too many years away. Can you fill up without treating the water in certain situations? I know that we used to do this all the time, but when high up enough to limit the animal and biological input. I’ll be visiting and am very curious about what kinds of streams can be used for filling up without treating the water. As eastern paddlers, we filter everything.

      There’s always the chance of getting “beaver fever” from untreated water, but speaking for myself, I have occasionally drank the water from a mountain stream at high elevation without any consequences. Been lucky so far. -Bob

      • I used to drink anything clear and high up. Since my daughter now comes along and to avoid the wrath of the ex-wife I treat clear with the a tablet and use a ceramic pump filter for silty. My Dad was the same but I noticed he was asking for tablets too! The only ” beaver fever” was contracted by my brother many years ago.

        • Thanks Gord. I can see from your description where each method has its uses. For instance, the tablet would be good on a light trip up high where there is glacial runoff but where you want to pack light. For a longer trip where one is tenting lower down, I can see the benefit of throwing in the filter instead of having to waste a lot of fuel for boiling.

  2. With hiking and mountain biking filling the gap between ski seasons, summer has been going by quickly. Maybe too quickly.
    We enjoyed a stellar hike to Sparrowhawk tarns last Sunday- it is a great time to go as the tarns are full, and the flowers are out in lush green meadows.
    Some photos here-
    https://picasaweb.google.com/steveandjoriggs/SparrowharkTarns#

  3. Centennial Ridge / Mt. Allan.
    We ended June with a hike up Centennial Ridge and Mt. Allan. Starting at the Ribbon Creek parking lot at 9:30am under sunny skies, we soon found that much of the first 2km of trail through the trees was muddy with small streams. But once we cleared the trees, we found dry open slopes covered with small early season flowers. It took us a couple of hours to attain Centennial Ridge, with mostly dry conditions but a few snow patches in the treed section just below the ridge. Here an amazingly friendy pica had to check out each one of us – sniffing our boots. The ridge itself was dry, but windy as usual. After taking many pictures in the rock garden area, we headed to the summit just as a squall was approaching. A few small snow patches were now all that barred our way toward that goal. Summit time was brief, as the rain and wind were pretty uncomfortable, and we headed down seeking shelter. But the nasty weather passed after about 20 minutes, and the sun returned, though we did have a few more light showers before reaching the parking lot, some 7 hours after we started. A good hike for early season on Mt. Allan.

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