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My Ramblings

Website of Ian Muirhead


and long, slow walks

Dove Lake
Lake Dove, Cradle Mountain National Park

Welcome to the tales of a guy who, despite his years, has yet to learn how to pack tight and hike light. Two cameras desirable; the tripod a must! Consequently, you will not find anything here that remotely resembles a speed challenge. Nor would the difficulty of walks normally exceed a moderate to difficult grading.

There have, nonetheless, been small personal challenges such as an accent of the Chilkoot Pass, most famous for its association with the Klondike gold rush of the late 1800s. The climb may not have been quite so challenging had it not been for the winter snow still clinging valiantly to steep slopes in the early spring thaw, and a backpack weight commensurate with a ten month holiday.

Walking the Chilkoot trail.
Walking the Canadian Chilkoot trail in late snow

The majority of walks described here are "on the beaten track", with most of them described in a multitude of tourist sites, National Park brochures and hiking guides. Nevertheless, these walks are popular because they offer something special, even if that special something is simply a close proximity to a nearby train station.

It was only recently that a hand-held GPS (Magellan Explorist XL) was included in the kit, and the occasional track route has been recorded for later display via this web site on Google Earth.

For walks prior to this time the reader may note a paucity of detail in the descriptions. This is partly because more attention was being paid to potential photographs than the track gradient, except when it was obvious the going was about to become hard work.

Additionally, some of these walks were undertaken quite a few years ago - back in the photographic film days even! Consequently, detail has slipped from my memory, and route conditions may have changed. Please refer to current track guides before any serious undertaking.

Walk safe and arrive happy.