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No hazards on Packers

Report Submitted by Bob Truman
(trip) Date: Sunday Jan 09, 2022

Submitted: Sunday Jan 09, 2022 at 21:26

Sophie and Enza at the Whiskey Jack/Pocaterra junction

Lower Lake trail

Ray and Keith coming up Pocaterra

Packers was in great shape and was fun descending

It was delightful running into Ward Fanning and family on Lower lake

Upper Pocaterra






Discussion:

Despite the warnings on the PLPP trail report, descending Packers is completely safe with no ice and no significant bumps. There are a few small twigs which are of no consequence.

I played it safe as I started down the big hill but soon realized it was in great shape and put pedal to the metal.

I skied all of last night's tracksetting in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and this will be noted as a "Best Day" in my log book. It was -6 at 11 a.m at Boulton Creek and -2 a couple hours later.

I enjoyed skiing with Sophie and Enza as I was climbing Whiskey Jack. They were very fortunate to see a lynx at the Upper Lake parking lot. Should have tagged along.

I don't think these great conditions will last because the wind was picking up as I was finishing around 1 pm. As a result, pine needles and tree bombs were starting to appear.

I broke with protocol and went skiing on a weekend. Let it serve as a reminder to me that there is a good reason I don't usually venture out on a Saturday or Sunday. Traffic was a nightmare. There was an overturned vehicle in the ditch west of Morley causing a delay, and about a ten minute wait just to make the exit onto Hwy 40. Bumper to bumper all the way to the village. My trip out took half-an-hour longer than usual.


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