Except for the first trip to Manning Park which was undertaken with two buddies the remainder of the trips were with individuals who I met through my involvement with the YMCA of Greater Vancouver hiking and outdoor clubs. While the club is not longer active the memories still linger and I still have contact with some of the persons who accompanied on these journeys.
All of the trips described are still feasible but as is common in the outdoor field changes have taken place - particularly with regards to the 1975 trip from Manning to Cathedral Park - there is no bridge at current across the Pasayten river so you may have to start this trip on the Pasayten Forest Service Road just passed the east gate of Manning Provincial Park - your best bet would be to contact the Park Ranger at Manning Provincial Park for up to the date route information.
The South Chilcotin trip is still feasible and is the only one done that is not in protected - i.e. park or wilderness area - and why this is the case I don't know for the entire area is one of the most accessible multi-use areas only a few hours drive from Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
The remainder of the trips are along established park trails and most are easily found in guidebooks or park pamphlets.
All of these trip reports are text only and the text has been converted
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|1. MANNING TO CATHEDRAL PARK - 1975 - My first week long backpacking trip with my buddies Mike and Grant. We didn't get final route directions until we were ready to hit the trail at Manning Park.|
|2. PASAYTEN WILDERNESS - 1976 - My first trip with Des and Mary and possibility the best trip as far as scenery, weather. etc. went. Pasayten Wilderness is located due south of Cathedral Park in Washington State.|
|3. HAYSTACK LAKES - 1979 - Haystack lakes are located in the eastern half of Cathedral Provincial Park - I sub-titled this: A funny thing happened on the way to the Haystacks as the route we took was a little unorthodox but in the long run well worth the effort.|
|4. CHELAN SUMMIT TRAIL - 1980 - The Chelan Summit Trail sits atop the eastern or northern side of Lake Chelan in Washington State - this trip was shortened due to bad weather and other problems. Read to report to find out more.|
|5. SOUTH CHILCOTIN RAMBLE - 1982 - A trip into the Cinnabar and Eldorado basin area - lovely area to roam - fairly open terrain - should be made into a Provincial Park.|
|6.7. EGYPT LAKE - BANFF NATIONAL PARK - 1986 - This would be my last week long backpacking trip as both of my regular partners were now retired and couldn't necessarily withstand the rigor of a week on the trail|
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