Friday, 26 December 2014

PAWS Fall 2014 Newsletter

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Suicide Pass trail reroute - Summer 2014

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Mount Troubridge Emergency Shelter new access trail

Tin Hat Outhouse Repairs

Finding shelter from no storm

Lewis Lakewalk trail (SCT)

SAR checks out new Troubridge Emergency Shelter (TES)

Mount Troubridge Emergency Shelter build in mere seconds - watch video

Flooded 80 years ago and now exposed in the drought

22 German Travel Agents on a Fam Tour

New bridge from Recreation Sites and Trails BC

Hundreds of Visitors from around the seven seas

Troubridge just for the fun of it

Brushing and clipping the summit of Scout Mountain

Nicola Guildersleeve sets new SCT record in 33:50 hrs

Sunshine Coast Trail Trek - End to End in fits and starts

What PRPAWS did all year

Spring/Summer 2014 Suicide Pass Trail Reroute of the SCT

Monday, 3 November 2014

Temporary Sunshine Coast Trail Section Closure

West Tin Hat Trail section of the SCT between Fiddlehead and Tin Hat is closed temporarily while a logging road construction crew has to blast in the area. Detour signage has been posted by Western Forest Products at the relevant trail and road intersections. The detour uses Giavanno Mainline to get around the DANGER Zone. It is an interesting road to walk as the area is also frequented by a herd of elk from time to time. The road hotline is updated as well (604-485-3100) and tells you about current traffic conditions.

 Western FP has designed the adjacent cutblock in such a way that the logging will be a minimum of 10 m to 15 m from the trail. The edge of the buffer zone will be windfirmed after the logging is finished so as to give trees in the buffer zone a far better chance of remaining upright during the storms. Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society (PRPAWS - 1992), the builders and guardians of the SCT appreciates this practice very much indeed.

Monday, 15 September 2014


Nicola Gildersleeve from North Vancouver came to Powell River aiming to break the non-stop running record for the Sunshine Coast Trail. She and her pacers Shauna Connaughton and Meghan Molnar set out from the start of the SCT at Sarah Point on Saturday morning, September 6, 2014 at 8 am. They had been dropped off there by the Lund Water Taxi.

View from Feather Cove (at KM 4 from Sarah Point) of Desolation Sound and the Coastal Ranges to the northeast.

At the Appleton Canyon parking lot at KM 38, Shauna, Meghan and Nicola have completed about 20% of the run. They refuel and rest for a few moments while crew chief Peter Watson takes care of having everything at hand that they need to succeed.

View of Inland Lake from the vicinity of Confederation Lake.

From Inland Lake (elev. 100 m) to Eagle River - which comprised the night time portion of the run - Shauna and Meghan were spelled off by two Powell River pacers who had familiarity with the trail through there, and night time running experience. Joseph McLean ran with Nicola up to Confederation Lake (600 m) and down the other side to Fiddlehead Farm (100 m) where Alston Miller took over and guided her up and over Tin Hat Mountain (1,200 m), down to Spring Lake (500 m), on to Elk Lake (900 m), through the Smith Range and down from Walt Hill (1,100 m) where it finally had become day time again.

A view from Walt Hill on the SCT looking SE over some of the terrain it traverses. The descent from Walt Hill to Lois Lake is a 1,000 m elevation glide. From there the SCT ascends Mount Troubridge (1300 m) before dropping all the way down again to Saltery Bay on Jervis Inlet.
A good breakfast finished off with some yummy apple sauce and Nicola is almost ready to go.

And so is Shauna who will run with her for the last 45 km over the Troubridge Massif. A little more hydration and they will be off again.
The SCT follows Lois Lakeshore for nearly seven km. A few float cabins are permanently anchored on the lower lake. The hills on the right lead up to the summit of Mount Troubridge.

View south from the shoulder of Troubridge. Jervis Inlet in front of Nelson Island, to the left Sechelt Inlet fades toward the Tantalus and Caren ranges.

They've come over the summit of Troubridge now and are heading for Rainy Day Lake. There are about 12 more km to go from the Plutonic pole line. Still going strong, no time to chat, for sure.

At the support station just above Rainy Day Lake Meghan joins Nicola and Shauna again. Meghan had run with them the day before from Sarah Point to Inland Lake. Here they are running along Rainy Day Lake and are ready to turn up onto Blue Grouse Ridge.

They pause at the First and Last Bridge (depending which side hikers are coming from) crossing Saltery Creek, carrying on - now mere minutes away from the end of the run.

One more little hill to descend...

... and they break out onto the parking lot to cheers of crew and supporters.

Nicola grabs the display board of the SCT trailhead kiosk. Her work is done. The finish line. She did it... She beat the previous record by a staggering 10 hours. It had been set 10 years earlier by the only other recorded person (Ean Jackson) to have run the SCT non-stop. Nicola is only the second officially recorded person to succeed in running the SCT non-stop. Trail conditions have improved over this time, and it is better marked and more worn in, but not 10 hours worth. Nicola ran a blistering pace for such a technical course. It was Ean who encouraged her to do the run because he thought that of all the runners he knew, she was the one who could finish the run, and who could beat his time. A few others had sniffed at taking up the challenge over the years, but it took Nicola to do it. Congratulations, Nicola! What an astounding accomplishment.

Ah yes, almost forgot. We have to take a picture of the time: 33 hours and 50 minutes.  180 km non-stop running the SCT that twists through the temperate jungles, up and down the roller-coastal hills and valleys of the northern Sunshine Coast.

Alston came to celebrate Nicola's smashing success. He, and the other pacers and the rest of the crew played an important part. Donna Devine, Nicola's mother, poses with her and crew chief Peter Watson at the SCT trailhead kiosk. Nicola finished her run at 5:50 pm Sunday afternoon, September 7, 2014. All the ups and downs are behind her. The equivalent of about four and a half butt-kicking Marathons end-on-end. Wow. Now smile at that.