Wolverine Nordic Mountain Society

WOLVERINE NORDIC AND MOUNTAIN SOCIETY NEWSLETTER – FALL 2007

It is time to look back on another productive season for WNMS. Membership has remained remains around 120, although a number of long-time resident members (including many who have helped with trail maintenance) have recently moved or will be moving soon. Individual membership fee is stable at $20 an adult, family membership has been increased fro $40 to $50 because of insurance costs per member. These fees go directly towards insurance costs and trail maintenance.

TRAILS: Trails continue to be our trademark. This year a large amount of work was put into development of the Monkman Pass Memorial Trail project, with funding from industry. An updated Monkman driving tour brochure has been produced, and the Monkman hiking trail brochure will be developed this summer. A BC Parks trail crew has almost completed work in the park. In 2008 it will be possible for an adventurous party with the proper gear to follow this five or six day Monkman Pass route over the mountains. We have established a total of twenty-five hiking trails. The Adopt-a-Trail program allows more volunteers to become involved with trail maintenance; some adopters have moved, so this is one area where we can definitely use more help from our members. We are also planning to submit a proposal for a Conservation Corps team to help with the trails next year.

In 2006 the Long Lake, Top Flatbed, Cowmoose Mt trails were built and opened, the Kruger?s Flats and Stony Lake sections of the Monkman pass were recreated, the Boulder Gardens route was extended into a magnificent 3 km circuit, Babcock Falls had the first section rerouted, and parking lots were built for Nesbitt?s Knee and Barbour Falls trailheads, allowing these destinations to be opened up. In 2007 ConocoPhillips built us a great parking lot for Long Lake, and further work was done on the Stony Lake trail. Extensions were built to the Two Towers area of the Boulder Gardens, further enhancing this incredible destination. We are also submitting a proposal for an extension of the Bergeron Falls trail, making it into a circular route. We are working closely with Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Arts regarding official registration of our trail system.

The WNMS trail brochures continue to guide many hikers on our trails, and the ?TR Trails and Attractions Passport? is a great memento for many. The website remains popular with its attractive photo galleries: www.pris.bc.ca/wnms

HIKING Once again there were over 20 group hikes to such diverse locations as Stone Corral, the Dinosaur Trackways, Mt Reesor, Holzworth meadows, Murray Canyon Overlook, Bergeron Falls, Cowmoose Mountain, The Terminator. Many members are enjoying our trails on their own, and increasing numbers of tourists are recognizing the piece of paradise that they offer.

RUNNING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING

Three wonderful races were organized over the past year. The Monday evening Flatbed Loops runs took place for the fourth year, we had over 100 participants, and the runs continued into August. Members help promote running in the schools by offering running programs, and the results speak for themselves, with six TR athletes attending cross country provincial championship, and TR runners excelling in the regional cross country series. We held a well-attended ?It takes a Community to Raise and Athlete? evening to celebrate these and other achievements. Hopefully we will continue to see progress with the athletics facilities on the field below TRSS, as the District of TR has promised will be done this year (using funds from the True Sport donation). Many of our trails continue to be enjoyed by our mountain-bikers.

EMPEROR?S CHALLENGE MOUNTAIN HALF MARATHON

Our premier summer event, the toughest and most beautiful half marathon in the world, drew a record field of 280, and attracted Canada?s marathon champion (he set a new course record). It is now the biggest running event in the north. Next year will be the tenth, and will be a cause for special celebration. We had excellent support from TR Search and Rescue and Lions Club, and a dedicated organizing committee, many fantastic volunteers and major donors.

BIATHLON

This popular summer event was held on the shorter 5 km adult course again (10 km cycle, 5 km run), while the kids did their 4 km cycle, 2 km run course. The freshly surfaced pavement and good weather made for a very successful day with about 40 participants.

CROSS COUNTRY RUN

For the fifth year we put on an October race in the Wolves Cross Country running series for regional runners, with an ideal venue in the golf course fairways and trails. It drew just under 100 runners in good conditions, with many positive comments heard about our volunteers and the spectator-friendly course.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

It was a good snow year, the ski trails were well maintained, trackset, and improved signage installed. We had a very enjoyable Ridge Ramble Cross Country Ski Race. The BC Rabbit Coaching Program for our younger skiers was offered for the tenth successive year. Lost Haven Cabin has seen some renovations and now has a water supply.

ITCHY FEET

Once again the Library was superb in providing a venue for us and co-hosting these monthly winter armchair – travel presentations, and we enjoyed a series of outstanding evenings.

LIAISON

We continue to work closely with District of Tumbler Ridge, BC Parks, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Forests and Lands, Ministry of tourism Sport and Arts, mining and forestry companies, our MLA and many other institutions such as the Oil and Gas Commission. With all the new industrial activity in the area we are eternally vigilant to try to work with the industries concerned to protect our precious trail system. Examples include a summary document to Ministry of Energy and Mines explaining why the Boulder Gardens is worthy of preservation, co-operation with seismic companies, and most recently, comments on proposed wind power installations on alpine summits.

DATES TO DIARIZE

Wed September 12: Mass registration 7-9 pm in Community Centre ? the easiest time to renew WNMS membership!

Sun Sep 18 Terry Fox Run, 1 pm organized by TR Community Centre

Sat Sep 24 Murray Canyon Overlook hike ? meet at 10 pm at the Caboose, best fall colors in the region!

Sat Sept 29: 6th Ridge Ramble Cross Country Run (volunteers needed, please call Linda 242-3984). Other runs in this series are in Grande Prairie Sep 17, Ft St John Sep 24, Dawson Creek Oct 6. Go to www.wapitistriders.com for details.

Sun October 15: Wolverine ski trail work-bee: in addition to brushing the existing trails we plan two or three small enhancements including a good downhill route for the kids.

Tues October 18: WNMS AGM ? details to follow

Dedicated volunteers form the heart of WNMS. We don?t have many formal meetings but enjoy our social work bees and outings. Together we are creating a legacy for our community to enjoy into the distant future. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so much, especially our ?regulars? who can be relied upon to help with each and every event!

For further information on any of these activities please call

Fred (242 3437), Crys (242 4499), Linda or Charles (242 3984), Kevin or Birgit (242 4860), or visit our website:

www.pris.bc.ca/wnms