August General Meeting / 10 Yrs of LD Rides

There was a good turnout for the general meeting held at three valley Al’s this past week.  The weather was excellent and the show put on by the ole Billy Goat and the rock climbers just added to the evenings entertainment.

Business of Note:

  • An application has been submitted to the National Trails Coalition for funding to improve the Sproat Mount Fire Tower trail.  If approved the work would be scheduled for the late summer of next year.
  • Mark Tuesday August 26th on your calendar for a work party to the Sproat Mountain Fire Tower meeting at the Echo Lake turnoff road (12 Mile) at 9 a.m.  We need help in scraping the old paint and applying a new coat of paint to the tower.  Bring a lunch and some bug spray.  Give Ron L a call and let him know if you are coming.   We should be able to get this done in one day if we get enough help.
  • On Saturday the 16th a Riders West Reporter will be in the area and a club ride is being arranged to show her some of the riding that we have to offer.  Again give Ron L a call if you want to join in.
  • Ed Jaattenmaki submitted a list of long distance rides the club has been involved in for the past ten years.  We started these rides in 2004 and they include:
    • Elkford:                                              2004                       500km
    • North Barriere Lake:                       2006                       550km
    • Trail Blazers Ride:                           2008                       500km
    • Rocky Mtn. Ride:                             2009                       450km
    • Shelter Bay to Beaverdell:              2010                       450km
    • Figure 8 Ride:                                   2012                       380km
    • Humamilt/Pettipiece Ride:           2014                       330km
    • This is a summary from Ed of the 2014 ride:
    • For several years, Ed Jaatteenmaki has been arranging long distance rides and on Friday, August 8th, two ATVs and one side by side met at Craigellachie to start this year’s ride. Participants were Jack, Ed and Moira from Revelstoke and Mark from Vernon – all members of Revelstoke ATV Club.We quickly unloaded and took off up the Gorge FSR heading for Seymour Arm on the Shuswap Lake. Riding was good except for the heat and the dust but we all had dust masks and goggles so that helped. The road quickly climbed through the woods and we started to see the valleys and peaks ahead. A lunch stop was enjoyed beside the cool air of 1 mile creek and then off again. With a few stops for pictures, we arrived in Seymour Arm about 3pm. After gassing up, we enjoyed cool drinks from the store on the lake. Then off on a smooth ride with little dust down the Seymour FSR and then picked up the road to Hunamilt Lake where we stopped for the night. Camp was quickly set up and we relaxed before making supper. After supper, we took our chairs down to a very nice deck on the lake where we enjoyed the lake view and sounds of loons, fish jumping and bald eagle hunting for supper.

      We were all up early the next morning. After breakfast, we packed up and took off back to Seymour Arm where we gassed up again and got treats from the store. We found Bob Holland’s summer home as Bob had wanted to join us for the next leg to Pettipeace Pass. No-one was home and we saw the damage that a neighbour’s tree has done to his property in the latest storm. Then off up the Ratchford FSR to find Pettipeace Pass. Ed picked to wrong road and once we were up in the sub alpine, he realized his mistake. Gotta have one oops per trip!. The view from that road was gorgeous and we saw two brown bears so it wasn’t wasted. On finding the right road, we reached Pettipeace Pass which is a very, very scenic place. We decided to go down to the Parmater Lake, the lowest of the many lakes in the pass where we found an excellent camping spot on the lakeshore. On the way down we came across another black bear. We took turns washing off the dust in the lake which was really refreshing. Then after supper, one by one we took off early to bed.

      The next morning, we broke camp and took off back to the Ratchford FSR, then up to the Gorge FSR and headed down it back to the vehicles. The dust didn’t seem quite as bad this time or maybe we were just getting used to it. We quickly loaded up and headed for home – clean clothes and a shower! The trip was 330Km in total, mainly on FSR with two delightful camping spots and many photo opportunities. It was an easy trip and the company was great – a very nice 3 days of riding with friends. This year is the 10th Anniversary of long distance ATV rides that the Revelstoke ATV Club has arranged. Ed advised that this was his last one and hopes some other member will continue with this type of ride.

  • Photo Contest – reminder that photos for the contest are to be submitted to Ed or Ron by September 21st.

Next general meeting will be on Wed Sept 10th at the snowmobile club house.