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Begins: Jul 6, 2016
Date: Sat, Jul 30th, 2016
Start: Howse River
End: Owen Creek
Daily Distance: 12
Trip Distance: 434.0
Entry Visits: 757
Journal Visits: 28,088
Guestbook Views: 204
Guestbook Entrys: 8
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Great Divide Route Map
I was up early heading for "town". Maybe a half hour of continued annoying
blowdowns and then it finally cleared up into good trail. Wahoo! Good views
in the valley after the fog lifted and an hour on the road to The Crossing
which is a tour bus mecca that has a lodge, cafeteria, restaurant and pub.
It's very pricey but after 3 hard days I didn't care at all. Trail notes
from past hikers have been amazing but i was quite disappointed to arrive
15 minutes after a breakfast buffet had finished. Come on past hikes, that
info is gold! I had a soda and big cup of chili to hold off until the lunch
buffet and I picked up my box of food I had mailed myself. Julia and
Leilani showed up and we all did the lunch buffet which was pretty good and
the price not even that bad. I did have to elbow 30 tour bus Chinese people
to get to the soda machine, I don't care if you are 90, get out of my way
near the soda machine!
The rest of the afternoon we hung out at the pub using the wifi and
whatnot. It thunderstormed hard for 3-4 hours and not only was I glad to
not be hiking but I was very thankful to have had such good weather for the
last horrible section. The hysterical maintenance guy drove us back to the
trailhead and grabbed us hot chocolate and popcorn from the gift shop. We
hiked a few K's up Owen Creek and camped with glacier views up the valley.
On the way up though I almost had a catastrophe. I was walking through the
edge of the creek as the trail above wasn't so good and my pack cover
snagged a branch and tore off whereby my umbrella that I had stuffed in
there after it stopped raining proceeded to fall into the creek with the
pack cover and headed downstream very fast. I yelled Nooooooo, the girls
thought I had fallen in and watched as I grabbed my pack cover and chased
my umbrella through the raging creek. I LOVE my umbrella and couldn't
fathom losing it. I think I'd rather die trying and raced towards it. Just
as I reached the spot of no return where it was too dangerous to keep going
i stabbed my hiking pole in front of the umbrella as it turned sideways.
The current was pushing hard but I dragged it back a foot to where I could
grab it and yelled, Yeeeeeeees!
The Great Divide Trail traverses the continental divide between Alberta and British Columbia, wandering through the vast wilderness of the Canadian Rocky Mountains for more than 1200 kilometers.