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Across Alone Blog

A Bert In The Bush A Bert In The Bush Rained off the TransCanada Highway late in the afternoon, the nearest reasonable camping spot was the rest area at Three Valley Gap. Reasonable meaning reasonably dry, reasonably close, and reasonably quiet. Well, quiet might be a stretch...

Once More Once More Wheel bearing issues forced a late start out of Siacamous. Talking the cart apart at Enderby for the paddle down the Shuswap and over Marla Lake, I noticed that a bearing in the opposite wheel to the one I jury-rigged in Armstrong had...

Easy Miles Easy Miles My route through all of BC consists of exactly two downstream paddles totalling less than two and a half days.The Similkameen we know about. The section of the Shuswap from Enderby to Marla Lake is the second downstream paddle. Absent are the rapids...

Weak Links Weak Links I’m always afraid that some $2.39 piece of plastic will spell the end of the entire enterprise. It’s impossible to carry spares for everything and next to the same to imagine all the problems that Murphy dreams up.Meet the weak link. I knew...

Skaha Ha Ha Skaha Ha Ha One piece of gear that never got field tested was the sailing rig. Hubris aside, I fancied myself to be a quick study  in the sailing department.Sometimes the best surprises are not surprisesat all. The sail, mast and lug worked exactly...

Legacy Legacy  Embedded in the concrete at Yellow Lake, the summit of the Pass between the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys, this innocuous bronze marker is a survey monument. This, and the thousands upon thousands scattered across all of Canada are in fact part and parcel of David Thompson’s...

Height of Land Height of Land In the far distance are the hills and mountains that form the eastern slopes of the Okanagan Valley. It’s very hard to believe that after walking only a few days and paddling a couple that the landscapes, the weather, and the forests...