October 29th 2007 4:12 pm
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Day 7 Saturday Sept 15
We left Kiskitinaw Provincial Park early this morning and headed on up the Alaska Highway towards Ft Nelson. It was partly sunny and cool. We stopped for a relaxing lunch in a small clearing just off of the Alaska Highway about 40 miles south of Ft Nelson. We purchased some supplies in Ft Nelson then headed on over the Canadian Rockies to Stone Mt Provincial Park,arriving there late in the afternoon. We parked at Summit Lake which is the highest point the Alaska Highway traverses going thru the Canadian Rockies. Summit Lake is a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by majestic mountains. Dad loaded up his backpack here and also packed some supplies into my dogpack. We then set off hiking a trail that ascends Stone Mountain. The trail crosses a small creek then ascends on a steep grade thru spruce forest emerging in about 3/4 mile onto alpine tundra. Dad marked the trail location with his GPS so that we could relocate it in the morning in the event fog rolled in overnite. We then set off across the tundra headed for a small copse of trees that we could see in the distance. It appeared to be a nice spot to set up camp for the night. This turned out to be a challenging hike---not as easy as it first appeared. We had to descend a steep hill which ended at a small cliff. The cliff was composed of loose rocks and descending it without falling down was rather tricky. Dad had to help me down it after he got down. We then had to ascend another steep slope composed of more loose rocks before reaching the copse of trees on the tundra. We hiked across the tundra and found a level spot behind some small trees to pitch the tent. It was quite windy so Dad had to stake the tent down really well!
The tent safely erected, we settled back to enjoy the magnificent view! Bare stone mountains towered over the tundra behind us. It made Dad feel as if he were camping on the surface of the moon! As darkness came on, we both had dinner inside the tent. We were both snug and warm as strong winds buffetted the tent outside!
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