submitted by Andy Miller
Week 2 on the trail crew was sunny and warm. My job was to escort a fresh team of volunteer trail-workers into the heart of the valley and then return to Vancouver the following day. 6 new trail-workers and I hiked for 2 days to catch up to the industrious group that remained from week 1. This rain weary group of 4 from week 1 welcomed the sun that allowed them to move out of their cave way up on the pass at Solstice Lakes and down into the giant tree headwaters of Clayoquot River Valley where they got back to work clearing the overgrown trail.
The Wilderness Committee’s ancient "beast", a 4 cylinder bush truck donated by famed BC writer and conservationist Ian McKenzie just rumbled home to Vancouver after a long summer travelling the remote, back roads of Canada. Although the rusty old "beast" has been used for all kinds of crazy adventures, like moving trail builders and their giant 40kg backpacks and helping evacuate native communities in the face of wildfire, this time the "beast" returned from an epic bird counting mission across Canada’s vast boreal forest.
The St’at’imc and ‘Tsilcot’in Nations have invited the Wilderness Committee to blaze new and repair old trails leading into a sacred valley in the heart of the Chilcotin Mountains north of the gold mining town, Gold Bridge. The sacred valley is called Graveyard, and it is the site of the last battle that occurred between the rival First Nations some 200 years ago.