The SAMS Outdoor Ed class had a great trip to Turner Lake

SAMS Outdoor Education Program canoes Turner Lake Chain

SAMS Outdoor Education Program canoes Turner Lake Chain

  • Jul. 2, 2013 6:00 a.m.

SAMS Outdoor Education Program recently returned from a very memorable experience on the Turner Lake chain and Hunlen Falls/Stillwater trail. This was their seven-day spring expedition, which was very challenging but also equally rewarding. We had some weather on the trip, and had to wait it out or anchor up as some say.

The group also managed to break most of our records by working extremely hard on portages and supporting one another. Each student successfully completed their 24-hour solo; the shelters they built were very impressive!! We also made it to Sunshine Lake and discovered a canoe which was left at the high elevation lake had been dined on by a grizzly bear, luckily it wasn’t one of our canoes.

Like most years we sailed the entire length of Turner Lake, the weather seemed to turn in our favour. With the wind at our back we cruised into the campsite as one big sailing vessel (nine canoes in total) and two sails. The Hunlen Falls Trail and viewpoint did not disappoint as the 800-foot waterfall plunges from the plateau into the Stillwater Valley.

This year we camped down at Stillwater Lake, and had to ferry students and equipment across the Lake. The whole operation went smoothly, as did the hike out. Students led a majority of the time during the trip and can take pride in how strong of a group they have become. Greeting us the end of the Tote Road were our drivers, who also brought some goodies for the group, much appreciated!! To top the trip off, we saw a nice grizzly on the highway.

We will be doing a slide-show presentation exhibiting our 2012/13 trips. There will be photographs from the Fall hike in to Crystal Lake and the rainbow cabin, winter trip up to Eastbranch and of course Turner Lake.

The slide show will be in the NES gym from 7:30-9:00. Five dollars at the door or by donation.  We will also be presenting awards to the Happy Warriors from each trip.  I encourage all parents to attend and any grade nine students interested in learning more about the program.

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support: School District 49, the bus garage and Stephen Sheppard, Williams Lake and District Credit Union, SD 49 Board of Directors, Hagensborg Mercantile, Bella Coola Air/Wayne Sissons, BC Parks, chaperones Kyha Saban, Craig and Wanda Tuck, Tom Carneigh. Drivers-Leonard Ellis, Dave Kopas and Ralph.

 

 

Just Posted

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Central Coast Regional District swears in new Board of Directors

There are three new faces representing our region and two returning directors

VIDEO: Black horse signals ‘sign of peace’ for Tsilhqot’in Nation

Justin Trudeau rides black horse provided by Cooper family

Trudeau exonerates hanged war chiefs of 1864 on B.C. Tsilhqot’in title lands

Prime minister rides horseback with Chief Joe Alphonse, TNG Chairman, to Xeni Gwet’in meeting place

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

VIDEO: People with diabetes meet their alert dogs

A diabetic alert dog is trained to detect low blood sugar in people who have Type 1 diabetes

Hunter who saved B.C. man pinned inside smashed truck says ‘God was sending me to him’

Sayward man describes chance discovery of Duncan Moffat, 23, in northern Vancouver Island woods

Road-weary Canucks thumped 6-2 by Wild

Vancouver hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday

Toronto private school didn’t report alleged sexual assault to police

Police say a sexual assault at an all-boys Catholic institution was not reported to them

China says butt out; Canada calls for release of “arbitrarily” detained Muslims

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Canada’s envoy of going beyond their diplomatic roles

Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist’s skin removed and preserved

The skin was removed in honour of the well known artist’s work

Province not doing enough for forestry sector, say Liberals

Although Minister of Forests says government working to diversify industry, rural economies

B.C. Realtor suspended after helping intern forge note about sick grandma

Vancouver real estate agent Jaideep Singh Puri has to pay fine, take ethics course

Offensive Facebook post by Okanagan Conservative riding sparks outrage

Post taken down after Conservative MP in neighbouring riding condemns it and demands removal

Most Read