(I’m confident that some of our eloquent and articulate trip reporters could take these photos and make a nice bedtime story.)
It’s tempting to poke the gnomes and fairies which line the trail with your ski pole and watch their heads explode. You can get away with it on most trails,but on Redearth Creek, the fairies are protected.
If you hurt the fairies, poke them, or otherwise damage them, you will be inviting ill will into your life, and misfortune will be sure to follow you.
Watching over the gnomes and fairies are ice-breathing snow dragons. They can reach right out and trip you, or spray you with icy snow.
If the dragons don’t succeed, you will then have to contend with the spruce and pine who may drop a tree bomb on you. Today, I skied over the clumps of at least 50 bombs which, fortunately, are still nice and soft. I heard and observed them crashing all around me.
The trees can get you by another method, and that’s falling on you. One tree fell on the trail after I had skied past it.
For the real nasty people, there is one more way to make you pay for your evil deeds. The mountains will send down an avalanche! Luckily, none today.
It was like skiing in a fairy tale!
Other than the tree bombs which fall in big clumps on the tracks, the conditions on Redearth Creek were wonderful. The temperature at 12 noon in the parking lot was -3°C, and the snow was -4. It snowed lightly all afternoon, approximately 2 cm during the 21K return trip to the warden’s cabin.
I started out with VR45(-2/-8), and it worked well until I reached 5.4K which is the first high point. It’s also the half-way point to the warden’s cabin and is 250 metres net elevation gain. The VR45 was starting to ice, so I rewaxed with VR40(-4/-12) and it performed well for the remainder of the day.
Regarding the tree which fell on the trail, I saw it on my return. It’s not in a dangerous spot, and is easy enough to skirt.
With today’s snow, there’s at least 10 cm of new snow since the recent tracksetting but the tracks were still in great shape. The downhills on the return trip were very safe and dare I say, almost too slow.
I finally got an update on before Chuck! On the other hand, he did an epic ski trip of 64K over 9 hours. Make sure you click over to see the photos of his trip to Flint’s Park.