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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-12-2014, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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This is a little late, but better late than never:

I read a while back you might learn more from climbing the same mountain 50 times than you would from climbing 50 different mountains. I can't vouch for climbing, but I know hiking trails are much the same.

I've visited the Shulaps range via the same access a handful of times and each trip has been different from the last. For as long as I've observed, I've found different views, weather, lighting, colors and a different state of mind. Have you ever spent time on a mountain or in a range that makes your heart ache during the decent because you don't want to leave? That's how I feel here.

September long weekend held a few milestones, including my birthday. To celebrate, I thought I'd share one of my favourite places with Ryan; we headed to Marshall Lake in hopes to explore the Shulaps range via Jim Creek. My end-goal was to reach a sub-summit. Well, I was hoping to reach the official summit – I love that this plan didn't work out. Being the more rational one, Ryan suggested some high ridge walks to look for a viable route up for our next trip instead.

A few highlights of this area are:
– Remnants of old mining camps along the trails.
– Pack-horse trails and spurs leading to mined outcrops.
– Heavily mined zones for jade and possibly gold, dating back to the 1950s.
– The great Canadian jade rush, which began in 1955.

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Full trip report and photo set:

http://www.ashikaparsad.com/into-the...-weekend-2014/


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Thanks for the trip report, love it up there. Been up twice over the last few years and might try for once before this fall before it snows.
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Thanks Craig. And thanks for the message.

We're hoping to get back up in the next few weeks for some fall colours in the meadows. I have a feeling winter will hit early out there.
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I was there last week and there was already snow on big dog
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Rat, good to know. Shulaps had a dusting and we saw a few flakes on the first ridge.
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Some very interesting looking rocks up there! Lovely reports
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Certainly an amazing area: not only the mountains/views/access, but also the geology and history. Can't wait to get up there and explore some more.

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Even better with an atv... definitely good access to some cool terrain.
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Nice open country, I like it.

I like the two patriotic chairs, cool.

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Always enjoy reading about the trips you two share. Thanks for introducing me to a new place.
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Thanks all!

Karl, as weekend warriors, it's only fitting.

Snark, glad you find our trips inspiring .
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I received msgs from a few people regarding the explosives we came across on the trail. My plan was to contact the Lillooet RCMP with gps coordinates; I received this email instead.

Curious as to how long it's been cairned off with no reports and glad it's being taken seriously.

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Hi Ashika,
I came across your blog while researching places to hike in the Shulaps Range. I really enjoyed your write up and photographs.
The reason I am contacting you is because I am concerned about the dynamite you found near the trail. I am a police explosives technician and my job sometimes has me travelling to remote areas of BC to render safe old dynamite.
I am glad you did not touch the dynamite and hope the next person who finds it leaves it alone.
I would like to send an explosives disposal team to render the dynamite safe and remove it from the area. Would you happen to have GPS coordinates of where you found the dynamite? Or would you be able to show me on a map?


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Glad to hear the RCMP disposal group is now involved, you don't want someone just stumbling on a pile of dynamite like that.
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Craig, agreed. He said he'll update us, sounds like they're heading out asap.

He also added:

"From your photos, the dynamite appears to be bottom saturated with nitroglycerine. This is really dangerous as it is highly unstable and sensitive. Just moving those rocks may get the whole dynamite cache to explode."

I'm surprised no one reported it sooner.
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So your saying that hike could have been quite the blast? []
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