Monkman Trail Hike 2010

12:38 p.m. on February 16, 2011 (EST)
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Ok so a year goes by since the Nanika Portage trip and we have another trip planned into Monkman Provincial Park which is located south of Tumbler Ridge, BC Canada. This was a tough hike, the first 7km's were a cake walk that followed the Murray river and it was pretty much flat.

I lightened up my load since the previous year and bought a new Kelty Tioga 5500, this pack is sweet. I dumped the old sleeping bags and got a couple of Big Agnes bags, an Encampment and a Storm King both coming in at just over 3lbs each, I was able to get them both into one compression sack!! Also added two Big Agnes Insulated Sleeping pads at 27oz each. Great sleep system by the way.

I also picked up a Big Agnes Emerald Mountain SL3 which weighed about 6lbs a 4lbs savings from last years tent. I like this tent alot. Lots of room, I went with the SL3 for the extra room, it was worth it.

The pictures pick up after 7km's into the trip at a suspension bridge that crossed the Murray River
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Here you see from left to right Rick, Dahrl, Rachel, Jayda and Lana
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The next two pictures were taken from the top of a ridge back. It was a hike of 3km of what seemed like forever to get to this point, lots of rests for all of us.
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This is after about 10km into the hike, we had a couple of dogs with us, Ruger and Cage.
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Lana and Jayda, my mom it in behind them somewhere
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We made it! This was day 2, we spent the night at a km 14 camp called Trot. But the picture below was the ultimate goal because of the view. This is my Mom and her dog Cage
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This is what she was looking at... Shire Falls
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Shire falls in the background, you can see Quentin trying his hand at fishing. Our camp is just to the left of this picture.
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My mom Colleen and my wife Rachel. Shire falls way in the back, some rapids leading to Brooks Falls which fell 50-60 feet. It was loud...
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These are Monkman Falls which were just up stream of our camp.
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View from Monkman Falls towards our camp. Shire falls are behind the trees to the left of the picture.
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This is Rick(my moms husband), Mom, Lana, Jayda, Cage the dog. that's McKinnis falls in the background, this pool fed Monkman Falls
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McKinnis falls again
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Dahrl fishing, he caught 6 fish... Quentin, Sean, Rick.....zero.... thats why Darhl is smiling...
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This is the tree right behind Dahrl in the above picture, the rock was angled perfectly for me to relax in....Beer Me!
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This is us on our way to Monkman Lake about a 8km hike from our camp.
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Monkman Lake. Its shallow, and cold!
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My mom, Ruger, Jayda and Rachel get freshened up. Thats about 200 feet out from the shore. 
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Group photo
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On our way out, this hill was steeeeeeep...
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We took 5 days to do this trip, it was alot of blood, sweat and tearsto do it, but we would all do it again in a heart beat.

The weekend following our trip Rachel(4364) and her sister Jayda(4143) ran a 21km race called the Emperors Challenge which is hosted by Tumbler Ridge. They are warriors, me and Quentin drank beer, it was great!

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That's all for now!

2:12 p.m. on February 17, 2011 (EST)
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Nice trip report, looks like a great hike! I see a couple of your pics are black and white,? The wilderness reminds me of Alaska and Wyoming.

1:29 p.m. on February 22, 2011 (EST)
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Great trip, it's great that you get out on these nice long trips with your family.

I made it out to Wyoming for a week last fall, which was my first trip to that part of the country. It reminds me as well of the landscape there.

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