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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-20-2021, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Default Monument 78: A dull day FAIL Mar.14/21

Hi Everyone here. This trip goes down as one with an unsatisfactory conclusion; due to equipment breakage.

Ingrid and I decided on Monument 78 to avoid rain, and indeed this trip turned out to be dry .. in contrast to rainfall in west Manning and the Fraser VAlley to Abbotsford, Chilliwack..

A long drive in, getting geared up... needed to put on microspikes to cross a sheer ice parking lot and early part of the Monument 78 trail. However the rubber strapping snapped apart, hence Needed to spend time how to make it useable. I had a set of extra boot laces, used one to wrap through the rubber frame, twist and loop around the boot. This worked out for 3 km in the trail, before we decided to put on snowshoes as snow softened and deepend further up the valley and increasing elevation. Another 7 km in, 2 km from the border............rotten luck, the hinge pin in my MSR Shoe broke making it unuseable. Out comes the second boot lace of the set I already broke into for the microspike... wrapped the lace through the pin holes and around the crampons, knowing this would not last. Decided to turn back, while my companion Ingrid continued towards the border... 200 meters the wrap repair job came apart. Tried second time a bit different, and this time stayed on for 7 km back until I switched back into the microspikes. on my way out, I waited at a few spots, Ingrid caught back up to me....

When removing the lace of the snowshoes, it separated into four pieces, meaning it lasted just barely enough to get back.

Wish to thank Ingrid for use of her border pictures , (Photo credit Norgie)

MAP: Shows the route I snowshoed 9 - 10 km in, the remainder green finished by Ingrid.


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Parking Lot with Ice - good for skating.

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TRAILHEAD & River Crossings........Smilkameen Rivers...
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SNOWSHOE BREAK - & Where I turned around...

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Navigating trouble spots (windfall), and postholing...

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US - CANADA BORDER, Monument 78

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CASTLE CREEK..........

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Too bad about the gear trouble but it looks like a nice outing anyway. I keep a few zap straps in my pack for gear failures sounds like one of these would have come in handy.
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Too bad about the gear trouble but it looks like a nice outing anyway. I keep a few zap straps in my pack for gear failures sounds like one of these would have come in handy.
Martin, a very good idea. Thankfully I had those boot laces, which were intended for my boots originally.

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