is about a remote area in west central British Columbia, Canada
called the West Chilcotin. Surrounded by numerous glacial mountain
ranges, alpine lakes teeming with wild Rainbow Trout, and full
of wildlife. Living here goes from no running water or electricity
to spacious log homes with all the conveniences and without
Wilderness Adventures - January, Week 2/2006
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may have a solution for going away that just might work.
Although I'm sure there is little about a trip to Nevada
and Arizona that would interest those of you reading this
blog, I have been looking for the opportunity to
continue the adventures of Rich Hobson and Pan Phillips.
We just don't leave home very often and so I haven't had
to take into consideration how to continue these articles
outside of my home office. If I utilized the same 'blogging'
software as many, any computer with an Internet hookup
would do. Since getting each article up on the Internet
in this format takes quite a few steps and several programs,
a laptop is about the only way I could continue the project.
Or maybe not...
We were going to take an extra computer down to my brother
in Reno and get him hooked up on the Internet this trip.
Instead, my mother decided to donate her computer for
the project since she's purchasing a new one. Unfortunately,
its dependability is dubious at best and it often
seems to have a mind all its own, on about the level of
a spoiled three year old child's. So just in case,
we decided to take our old computer down south with us
so that we could use it in place of my mother's should
hers decide to have a tantrum. Our thinking was that if
we didn't need it for my brother, I could continue writing
stories for this site and upload every day or so as long
as I had access to a monitor, keyboard, etc. and the Internet.
In other words, my computer tower would be my Chilcotin
I know, I know, I too have visions of young kids
of the '80s walking down the street with these huge boomboxes
on their shoulder blaring out music as they went.
But until I can invest in a laptop (which is going to
involve some research because I haven't even thought about
the need for one before) I'm going to be stuck packing
around my computer tower.
Last night was spent loading the software programs into
the computer that I would need to write these blogs and
testing the whole thing. I think it might work, but I'm
not willing to bet any money on it. In any case,
if you don't hear at all from me for the next few weeks,
you'll know my Chilcotin laptop didn't work or
I had to sacrifice the computer to my brother after all.
For those of you that might access this blog through an
RSS feed (since that's what it actually is) such as on
My Yahoo or My Msn, you may not get updated headings -
but the actual html page "Wilderness-Adventures"
will be updated. I use FeedForAll for updating the RSS
feed for the search engines and have loaded a copy onto
my Chilcotin laptop, but using it may just confuse the
issue and I might skip that part. For those of you that
have bookmarked Wilderness
Adventures , you won't have
any problems. Provided I don't of course.
It's snowing lightly again today and did part of the night
as well. It really hasn't built up to anything but will
probably make travel a little miserable because most of
the province is getting heavy wet snow. However, away
we must go.
Me and my Chilcotin laptop...lol.
many fronts, not least of which was cross country skiing
today. After that good bit of snow that we received,
Nimpo Lake has been loaded down pretty well. I've
been seeing neighbours slogging past slowly on skies and
wondered why they looked as though they were working pretty
hard. Well, let me tell you...it is some tough going out
there now. Breaking trail will require much more than
one day because the nature of the snow is such that it
falls back into your trail behind you. So much for that
quick run back home over smooth tracks that makes the
initial trail breaking so worthwhile. Needless to say,
I only went a couple of miles at most and was thoroughly
beat by the time I got back!
Our new neighbours from Ashcroft have been up the last
few days and sure seem to be enjoying the beautiful weather.
They purchased a cabin just down the lake from
us and plan to spend quite a bit of time up here.
We're a little disappointed that we won't see more of
them this trip. We leave for Arizona this week, and no
it isn't our idea of fun. We're fulfilling a promise made
last spring and regret it heartily now in view of
the hassle and massive expenditure of driving a very large
truck with camper down and back in the space of only a
couple of weeks during prime snowmobiling season.
Putting on a minimum of 4500 miles with existing fuel
prices is not a pretty thought. However, a promise is
a promise....sigh. And all that beautiful snow just outside
On the upside, we're very lucky to have such good
friends and neighbours in this community, especially
those willing to stay here, house sit our cats and dogs
and keep the home fires burning. Leaving your place empty
in the dead of winter isn't always a good idea in this
country. Temperatures can drop quickly and to drastic
lows here and should the power go out or a water
pipe bust in the middle of your holiday, the resulting
mess can be pretty ugly. Friends of ours across the lake
had this happen to them. They own one of the most beautiful,
and beautifully decorated houses on the lake and they
had just finished it. While gone in winter their
hot water tank blew a line and gushed water at a great
rate all night until a woman renting their cabin
checked on the house the next morning. By that time the
water had damaged both the main floor and basement very
nearly beyond repair. It took months by professionals
to get the house back into shape and it isn't a problem
I would want to face myself. Hence, a caretaker. The alternative
for many part time residents is to design their water
system so that it's easily drained and antifreeze added
wherever water might be trapped.
We've been trudging back and forth packing things
up for the trip and getting house and camper ready.
I'm still duking it out with my computer and Norton Antivirus
and its recalcitrant firewall that still will not allow
me access to my email. I'm just in the process of verifying
that I have a backup cd with Norton on it, and then I
am going to slamdunk that puppy right off this computer
as soon as I upload tonite's article. Wish me luck. If
you don't hear from me by tomorrow, come looking for me...lol.
It is snowing yet again outside. We couldn't
be luckier...if we were just going to be here. Hopefully,
all the snow will still be here when we get back.
Snow - And Lots Of It!
finally came with a bang. From the last article on Tuesday
you will have gathered that there wasn't much for snow
at that time. We went out for wood again on Wednesday
which leaves us sitting pretty now for a couple of months
and it was a good thing because on Thursday there
was about three inches of beautiful fluffy snow on the
ground. Unfortunately, it started to rain on top
of it and the temperature climbed way above freezing.
Then just as suddenly, it stopped and the sun came out.
It was a gorgeous day but since we had already decided
we weren't going snowmobiling until Friday, my brother
went up with some of the guys Thursday. He brought
back some great pictures and video on his digital.
I would like to reduce the size of the video and if I
can, I'll put a link on this page. Some of the guys like
Archie are pretty awesome riders, and can climb some pretty
steep hills. My brother said they still got stuck
quite a bit because our three inches of snow down here
translated to better than eight of the fresh fluffy up
on the mountain on top of what was already there.
Pictures at the right show you both the right way and
the wrong way to snowmobile. Traditionally, they
aren't intended to climb trees...but I'm not going
to say much because I've been known to climb a few myself.
By yesterday morning another four inches had landed (which
meant at least another eight to ten inches on the mountain)
and we were late getting started waiting for the weather
to lift. There isn't much point going up on the mountain
snowmobiling if you can't see where you're going.
We went up yesterday with my brother and put him on one
of our machines, a little more powerful and faster than
the one my mother loaned him for the week. It may have
been a mistake because he wasn't used to the machine or
the power and that 583 really needs to be ridden. Which
is what he was doing, but he was getting stuck quite a
bit and we were getting exhausted digging him out!
We met a couple that are excellent riders at 24 km on
Charlotte Main and they had just come down off the mountain.
Actually, they hadn't made it all the way up but only
through the pass. They too had spent a good bit of time
stuck trying to break out a trail that we were going up
which left me with that sense of foreboding
of, uh oh...we could be in trouble here.
My brother isn't that experienced a rider and this was
my first time out this year but the powder was beautiful.
In fact it was spectacular! Just as long as you
didn't mind getting stuck in deep snow and dropping off
up to your waist when you tried to dig out. We
didn't quite make it to Goat Pass because we needed to
make it back down in time for a dinner date but all in
all, it was a good day. As the lady we met coming down
at 24 km stated, we got our exercise for the day...and
The same couple went cruising by on cross country
skiis on Nimpo Lake this morning, which is nice
for me. A trail already broken in with this kind of fresh
snow on the ground is a thing to treasure, indeed!
Everyone is giddy over the new snow. We normally get most
of our snow before January and it was beginning to look
like this year might be a bust. Barring any ridiculous
warming spell, we should be able to ride until April
and not have to worry about trailering our machines to
the mountains. We're all so spoiled and accustomed to
snowmachining right from our front door to wherever we
please that we all get a little temperamental when we
can find last week's articles at January
The purpose of this web site is to draw attention to a
remote area of west central British Columbia. It is a
beautiful area that relies heavily on tourism. The search
engines don't know much about the West Chilcotin, Anahim
Lake, Nimpo Lake or any of the other small communities
in the region and I hope to change that! Even as large
as this site will eventually be, there just isn't enough
room or time in the day to fully describe this incredible
country but I am going to try scraping away at the tip
of the iceberg, so join me!
the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!