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2021-12-22 at 11:43 - comment by DEMOCRATIZE AB

Hey Chuck,

So little has changed that I sat on the piece of firewood that is to the right of your picture and somewhat out of the picture in part. That dry piece of wood just felt great on the butt for some reason. Sitting on it reminded me of camping up there in the last century.

The campground is less open now as the trees are growing bigger. The trail is starting to get willows growing on it in a few places. There was one tree down on the trail that Sara M. made an easy route around through the forest. I had to go over 3 other trees that were easy to get over- doing the cross country ski side step shuffle.

2021-12-22 at 09:10 - comment by Chuck

That campground is usually referred to as Rink's Camp. We were there January 16, 2019.

I can imagine not much has changed at Rink's Camp


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(trip) Date: Tuesday Dec 21, 2021

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The Spray River West trail is double trackset and in excellent condition. Just a few pine needles in the slightly worn tracks for the first few kilometers. It was busier than expected for a weekday as lots of people were skiing out as I skied in. Moderately fast cold snow. Swix dark green wax worked well on the trail.

A couple of groups coming down hills did not want to share the trail, hogging both sides of the trail. Some greenhorns just lack common sense or skier courtesy.

From the end of the trackset trail to the Sundance trail junction the trail was skier tracked, thanks to Sara M., with about 10 cm of new snow in the track. My Swix green wax would give no grip with the new snow. It was like skiing on roller bearings.

From the Sundance trail junction to SP-16 campground I broke trail. Ski penetration varied and was generally about 5 cm above the ankles. Some areas were deeper. The further I went up the valley, the less ski penetration and easier going. Trail breaking was somewhat easy to moderate difficulty. Moderate speed snow at best when trail breaking. I was able to easily cross all the creeks with my skis on, for the first time in 2 years. The big creek after Sundance trail junction required a lot of packing of snow to make it easier to cross the creek.

I was lucky and found fire wood to sit on at SP-16 campground which made things comfortable. With the wind chill it felt like about -20C as it got dark.


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