View Full Version : Fall Quadding Kootenay Style

10-24-2006, 11:22 PM
Had a great ride on Sunday, basically repeated the trip that I took Rick and Terry on thanksgiving weekend, with a couple of detours involved.

Started out at the runaway lane just outside of Castlegar, and headed to the top of the Bombi summit. Didn't get many pics from that part of the trail, was having too much fun to stop and get the camera out! Then we dropped down Erie creek and did the loop in reverse to what we did on the long weekend, going up the "Jeep" trail and coming back on Stewart pass. Found a nice side trail on the pass that took us to about 6400' and had 360 degree views! Gotta love BC in the fall with all the great colours!

Start of the runaway trail. Should of stopped for more pics, one of the nicer trails around here.
Speedy and Daughter

Checking out a quad trail I spotted last time up this way. And the FIBC salute! :D

Checking out the Maud S gold mine just above Castlegar. Small but cool mine to explore.

Here the miners stoped out the ore all the way to surface, about 30-40'.

Speedy and his Daughter looking down the stope.

More of the Maud S

Strange to see insects hibernating inside the mine!

And again, the spiders are also hibernating. Creepy! :eek:

This adit is also on the Maud S claim, a little further up the hill

The hillside the mine is on

There used to be a couple of boilers, an ore crusher and the stamps to the 10 stamp mill here, but some collector has salvaged them for himself.

We carried on to the powerlines at the summit, then started down Erie Creek to the Second Relief mine which was a large gold mine in its day

From the 2nd Relief mine, we headed up the "Jeep" trail which has a few steep and loose climbs on it. Not one for the rookie rider! My Kodiak makes it up there, but I prefer coming down it instead! Didn't get any pics of the "good" spots, way too steep to stop and worry about the camera!
This is close to the top, crossing a rockslide.

Through the saddle and going around Dominion Mtn.

After heading down Porto Rico road to the highway outside Nelson, we did the highway bypass and up Stewart pass. Talked to a few riders who gave us directions to the top of Craigtown peak and the RCMP repeater.


Me on the roof

Here Wayne is climbing the last 50' to the top where the repeater is. It didn't look too steep when I first started up, then about half way up I realized it was almost too much, but was already commited at that point! Proud to say the Kodiak was first up it, and the only one to take the hard route! :D


That would be Speedy sitting at the bottom, guess the Grizzly couldn't make the climb! [f] :D

Some amazing views from here, could see for a long ways!

Slash burning above Ymir

10-24-2006, 11:35 PM
Boy, hard to deny Fall has arrived in the Kootenays.

Nice pics and you sure do have a lot of interesting places to ride. [cheers] Would love to get out and explore your part of BC one day.

10-24-2006, 11:37 PM
Great pics. love the cave shoots[36] .
Went in a cave during the winter months with a coleman lantern.

Stupid stupid stupid[27] .

Turned out the heat from the lamp warmed the spidys up. :eek:
[2b]Droppin all over me.[aahh]

Ran out of the cave like a a a

I mean brushed the spiders off and walked out.:o

10-24-2006, 11:48 PM
man those are sum crazy shot look like a good time

10-25-2006, 07:56 AM
Turned out the heat from the lamp warmed the spidys up. :eek:
[2b]Droppin all over me.[aahh]

Ran out of the cave like a a a

I mean brushed the spiders off and walked out.:o

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10-25-2006, 10:49 AM
Great pictures and story again. thanks for sharing.

Dr. B
10-25-2006, 11:08 AM
I am always liking the stories out of your neck of the woods. Mine exploring is great. Hope to join you next year for some mine hunting!!

In The Zone
10-25-2006, 11:10 AM
great pics nice to see the area that way.... snow looks like it aint faraway from settling in....

10-25-2006, 11:17 AM
nice to sit back beside the fire place and read a good story, or atleast look at pictures.
some great country shots you got there...mmm love B.C.

10-25-2006, 11:33 AM
Cool pics as always Kevin[36] ...makes me wish I lived up there[cheers]

10-25-2006, 03:11 PM
Great pics. Love to get out thay way somtime soon!!

muddy mud skipper
10-25-2006, 04:13 PM
man u guys find the coolest places

SBC hris
10-25-2006, 06:04 PM
Looks like fun, those are some awsome views.

10-25-2006, 06:58 PM
sweet pics as usual,sweet trail

10-25-2006, 07:26 PM
nice pics looks like an awsome way to spend a sunday [5][5]

10-25-2006, 07:37 PM
cool , hey theres not to much beetle kill there, well that I can see anyways .

10-25-2006, 08:50 PM
cool , hey theres not to much beetle kill there, well that I can see anyways .

Nope, we are fortunate enough to have a very low pine population compared to the rest of BC. There are spots where they have been hammered, but the patches are pretty small for the most part. Clearcut logging makes a worse mess, but makes for good sledding!

10-25-2006, 09:01 PM
Man you always have some awesome pics. Someday I'm to make it to that part of the province.

10-25-2006, 09:10 PM
i heard there is all kinds of old mineshafts up in the kootenays/columbia area...cool pics by the way[36]

10-25-2006, 09:22 PM
sweet pics it looks like a gooder ride for everyone

10-25-2006, 09:30 PM
friggin sweet pics kevin damn i like that time of yr in the koots wish i was still living there............[cheers]

10-25-2006, 10:45 PM
great pics, must be pretty creepy to go inside those mines, never know what you gonna find

12-01-2006, 11:17 AM
those are some sweet mines.......great pics[cheers]