While pulling up to Tim's at the Bedford Mall on Friday night, I noticed
Bruce (Dipper) Murphy, Greg (Fireball) Vail were all ready seated
enjoying a cup of Tim's brew. After seating myself, the other night
hiker's began to straggle in. Bruce (Sungod) Duffy, Gordon (Viking)
Warnica, Jerome (Geezer) Bruhm, Chris (Honest Abe) Hollybone, Bernie
(Imax) Levy and his son Ben arrived just as we were leaving for the
It would be an all men's night hike.
The trailhead was only about five miles down Rocky Lake Drive, and soon
the vehicles came to a stop, everybody out, on with their packs, and
headed across the road to the trail.
We found the trail about 80% covered in ice. Trying to spot the other
20% for walking did not come easy, as the full moon was partly covered
with snow clouds blowing in from Bostom.
Sixteen feet soon found out how difficult it was to keep the rest of its
structure in a vertical position. The other two feet belonged to Chris,
who immediately strapped on a pair of ice walkers as soon as he left the
He was the only hiker that did not experience the ground coming up to
meet him in a rush.
We must have struggled along for about 45 minutes when we all came to a
standstill at the top of a hill, that gave a clear view of the street
lights across Williams Lake in Waverley.
Some of us assumed this was the end of our hike, and started looking
around for a place to make a fire, when the Sungod sounded out halfway.
So on we went, scuffing, stumbling, slipping and sliding along the icy
We began to spread out along the trail, taking up the rear was myself,
just ahead of Gordon & Bernie.
Arriving at a very icy area, I decided to jump from the hard frozen snow
on to a dark shaded rock in the middle of the trail, to miss the
surrounding ice. Into the air I went, what I thought was a rock turned
out to be a lump of black ice, as my feet landed, they immediately
propelled me forward head first in the frozen ground. I took the brunt
of my fall with my right elbow. Ouch unknowingly I tore off my watch
from my wrist. Imax following behind spotted it lying on the dark ground
(Eagle Eyes) and picked it up for me.
Soon we caught up to the main party. Duffy split us up in two groups,
one group bushwhacked around the hill situated right in front of us,
while the rest climbed the hill, and continued on until we reached a
huge rock, where we settled down for the evening.
The two Bruces' & Gordon began hanging up their tarps, in preparation
for the their winter night's sleep over.
There's something about Gonzos, that they seem to like to sleep
outdoors, the night of a snowstorm.
Soon we were all seated around the fire, roasting three different kinds
of hot dogs, and sausages. Everyone joining in conversation about the
RCMP chasing a break and enterer through these woods just a day earlier.
Gordon borrowed Bruce Murphy's Cel phone, to try and get a hold of Low
Maintenance, to see why she was a no show. Brian answered, so Gord &
Brian started to tick away the minutes on Bruce's nickel. Bruce
interrupting Gordon twice to hang up, Gordon passed this info on to
Brian, and without hesitation, Brian responded, that you must be using
Around 10pm six of us rose to our feet, and gathered up our things and
headed back out, leaving behind Viking, Sungod and Dipper to spend the
night with the falling snow.
The trip out, passed quickly, of course we all had our own little slips
and falls, but its funny how a warm home & your own bed can pick up your
Arriving back to the cars at 10:45pm, we all piled in, and pointed the
car homeward, just as the snow started to fall.
TO BE CONTINUED, by the SUNGOD from 10PM to 8AM Saturday morning.