fall/winter 2010 the BLUE PRINT the Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club Newsletter C o nte nts 1. Mission Statement 2. President’s Message 3. - 5. Summiting Mt. Washington 6. - 18. Hike Schedule 19. ABC’s of Visiting Newfoundland 20. - 22. End to End Thank You BLUE MOUNTAINS BRUCE TRAIL CLUB w ww. b m b t c . o rg P.O. Box 91 Collingwood, ON L9Y 3Z4 a member club of: T H E B RU C E T R A I L CONSERVANCY Close to nature. Close to home. the Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club Executive PRESIDENT Peter McDonald firstname.lastname@example.org 705-444-8294 PAST PRESIDENT Dick Edwards email@example.com 705-445-5849 VICE PRESIDENT Herman Ohrt firstname.lastname@example.org 705-446-1440 BTC REPRESENTATIVE Marietta Service MService@cogeco.ca 905-527-2519 SECRETARY Herman Ohrt email@example.com 705-446-1440 The Bruce Trail Conservancy TREASURER Del Cook firstname.lastname@example.org 705-445-5990 OUR MISSION STATEMENT TRAIL MAINTENANCE Linda Finley email@example.com 519-538-2247 The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization LAND OWNER RELATIONS Denman Lawrenson committed to establishing a conservation corridor con- j.Lawrenson@rogers.com Jansje Lawrenson taining a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, 705-445-0014 in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote LAND STEWARDS DIRECTOR Dave Knox environmentally responsible public access to this firstname.lastname@example.org 705-445-5933 UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY Paul Carnahan 705-428-3022 A Board of Directors governs the BTC and volunteers from 9 Bruce Trail Clubs are responsible for maintain- HIKING DIRECTOR Tom Wilson ing, stewarding and promoting the Trail. email@example.com 705-446-1877 NEWSLETTER EDITOR Warren Leonhardt The Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club’s section of the firstname.lastname@example.org 705-445-4694 Bruce Trail runs 68.5 km from Lavender to Swiss Mead- SOCIAL COORDINATOR Shirley Cook ows. The terrain changes abruptly as the Bruce Trail email@example.com 705-445-5990 enters the area known as the Blue Mountains. Here are Ontario’s best-known ski resorts, set among high bluffs PUBLICITY Hart Fischer firstname.lastname@example.org 705-445-6876 interspersed with deep wide valleys. From the Trail, there are excellent views of the rolling countryside and VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR Cathy Sears Nottawasaga Bay. Our area has wonderful hiking oppor- email@example.com 705-444-9859 tunities year round. Come on out and enjoy them. We are always looking for interesting Guided hikes are listed on pp. 7 - 18. All levels of hikers articles to include in the newsletter. are welcome to join us. If you have an item that would be Like many volunteer organizations, the Blue Mountains of interest to other members please Bruce Trail Club is looking for interested people to email it to Warren Leonhardt at serve on the Board. If you would like to help out, please firstname.lastname@example.org contact Cathy Sears at email@example.com The Blue Print 1. 1. Fall/Winter 2010 President’s Message PHOTO: Hart Fischer Since my last message to you, our club has suffered a great loss with at the meeting to support future BTC activities. At present we have a the sudden passing last spring of executive member Rosemary Wilson, committee of our Executive looking at ideas for increasing our club’s in a river rafting accident in Peru. Rosemary was a delightful person of marketing and fund raising capacities. Our current approach relies on two great warmth, grace and wit who co-led our very successful organized special events, our end to end hike and Spring tree sale. hikes program with her husband Tom. She was deeply and enthusiasti- Next year’s annual meeting, running from September 23 to 26 will be cally committed to the work of our club and to the BTC cause. All of hosted by our neighbouring Beaver Valley club and in 2012 it will be our us on your executive miss her dearly and would like to express our club’s responsibility to charge it up. continuing heartfelt sympathies to Tom and family. Speaking of end to ends I am pleased to announce that one of our One of the club activities Rosemary was very involved in executive member`s 2006 double end to ender is going to be commemo- was our new hike leader training program. This initiative, spurred by a rated in a Parks Canada museum display in Tobermory. A pair of Hart major and successfully managed medical crisis occurring on one of Fischer’s hiking boots, completely worn out in his hiking odyssey, will be our hikes this past January, is focussing on leadership, emergency included in a display honouring great hiking achievements on the trail. Also management and first aid skills development. Response from our hike included will be end to end badges from all of the clubs. leaders has been very strong and gratifying. We have already com- pleted two full sessions, and will be offering more in the future, as need See you on the trail. requires. Peter McDonald I mentioned in the spring newsletter our club’s need for a PRESIDENT few more good folks to join our executive group. You have responded very well and as a result, I would like to announce that three club members will be coming on board as new exec members at large at our November meeting.Welcome to David Norton and Helen Peacock and David Cole. The Bruce Trail Conservancy held its annual meeting in Burlington on the weekend of September 18. It was a very positive and enjoyable gathering in celebration of many great achievements by the organization over the past year. It was a strong year for land acquisition with ten new proper- ties being acquired. This number included the Ley’s Burn property in our club’s area, just south of the Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area. It was also a very good year for membership development with a solid increase of 4.7% overall across all of the nine clubs. It is noteworthy that our club led the charge in this area with a very gratifying increase of nine plus percent. Fundraising has also gone very well for the BTC over the past year as well. At the meeting I was able to announce our club’s donation of a total of $4500 to the BTC - $1200 last spring in support of the Boyne River property acquisition in the Caledon club’s area and $3300 www.bmtc.org 2. The Blue Print S um miting Mt . Wa sh i n g t o n white mountains of New Hampshire by Linda Finley PHOTO: Linda Finley count of Mt. Washington. Mr. Bryson gives some fascinat- ing historical tidbits and describes the mountain’s eternal mystique. Since reading his words, I have been enticed to experience this mountain first hand. Early in the morning of July 12th, after fuelling up with a fortifying breakfast at the Pinkham Notch Visitors Centre cafeteria, we commenced our much anticipated hike. The weather forecast was for peak to peak sunshine. This was our window of opportunity! Thus, our initial plans to save Mt. Washington for a dedicated day trip later in the week, became instantly merged with our initial plan to simply hike up Mt. Madison (where we had prebooked accom- modation at Madison Spring Hut). After all, what was an extra 10 kms, when it meant we were guaranteed a rare clear view from the top of this infamous peak? Moreover, our modified route would allow us to achieve 3 additional mountain summits in the “4000 footers” category, all within the Presidential Range. The plan sounded like a win-win proposition! The route we followed up to Mt. Washington was the Tuck- erman Ravine Trail, evidently the most popular trail. For the first few kms, the trail follows the energizing Cutler River, and eventually reaches Hermit Lake. At this location there are small shelters, a water pump and a caretaker’s cabin Success! On a sunny afternoon in early July, together with (known affectionately as “Hojo’s”). It was a perfect refuelling spot. several keen Bruce Trail hiking buddies, I “summited” Mt. Here we crossed paths with many hikers, some ascending and Washington. some descending. It felt like a sort of pilgrimage. All had encourag- ing and knowing smiles on their faces. A sign at the top proclaims “the worst weather in the world” Ap- . We continued along the Tuckerman Ravine Trail for a couple more parently, an early July snowstorm is not an uncommon occurrence! kms, wherein the climb became quite vertical. This feature is aptly . named “the Headwall” The cascading waterfalls were spectacular We were impressed to learn that Mt. Washington, rising to an el- and helped cool us off, as we profited by soaking our bandanas and evation of 6,288 feet (1,917 metres), is the highest peak east of the headgear in the clear frigid water. We also saw a remnant island Rockies and north of the Smokies. We were also reminded that the wedge of snow, sculpted with what appeared to be frozen waves White Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains chain, are on the surface. This sight was a vivid reminder that this area is a among the oldest in North America. Mecca for backcountry skiers in the winter. In fact, I overheard one hiker declare, “this route is much easier on snowshoes”! Food for We reached the top by hiking, each of us Sherpa-ing a 10 kg back- thought… pack, laden with several litres of water, snack foods, extra clothes and first aid supplies. We had heard there were less strenuous op- Once we reached a crossroads called “Tuckerman’s Junction” we , tions (such as the famous cog railway, and the paved auto road), but knew the summit was within reach, only a few kms away. At this our sense of adventure and pride directed us otherwise. point, we were above the tree line, navigating over big boulders, , or “jumble” and relied on piles of rock cairns to guide our path to The hiking choice was also catalyzed, I believe, in part to having the top. I couldn’t believe the story of determination I heard from read Bill Bryson’s bestseller “A Walk in the Woods” which recounts , one hiker I encountered along this stretch. He sprinted effortlessly his adventures along the entire Appalachian Trail. One complete passed me, having no backpack or poles, and claimed to be rushing chapter of that immensely entertaining book is devoted to an ac- to meet his sister at the summit. It appears he had started the hike The Blue Print 3. 1. Fall/Winter 2010 Blue B azes S ummiting Mte .w sWa ash ilnngcto nn t s n & nnou eme by Linda Finley white mountains of New Hampshire PHOTO: Linda Finley by Linda Finley (cont’d) PHOTO: Hart Finley PHOTO: LindaFischer to benefit from a place where we could replenish our water supply, eat lunch and rest our burning feet. Rest stops included, it took us about 5 hours to complete the approximate 7 kms climb to reach the summit, which meant we were averaging a speed of 1.4 km/hr. This was a bit of a reality check, and admit- tedly somewhat of a shock, compared to our standard 4 km/hr pace along the Bruce Trail. Our celebration and rest period was short- lived, however, as our final goal was to reach Madison Spring Hut, some 10 kms distant. We spotted the signs for the Gulf- side Trail and made tracks. We didn’t let oncoming hikers’ comments of “you sure have a long day ahead of you,” deter our with her several hours prior, but had the misfortune of each sole of optimism to reach our final destination by dinner. his boots falling off within a half hour of each other. He had been obliged to return to the base each time to find some Duct Tape in We found the rest of the trail typically rocky, but got into a good order to reattach the soles. It was a rather comical and almost su- . rhythm of “rock hopping” Three mountains and 5 hours later, we perhero sight – as the silver flashes from his bandaged feet were made it safely to Madison Spring Hut, where we appreciated a deli- visible from quite a distance. cious, home cooked meal, prepared by the enthusiastic hut “croo” . Mandatory lights out was enforced at 9:30 pm, and sleeping in the Arriving at the top of Mt. Washington was a strange and juxtaposed bottom bunk (of a tier of 4) took me back to my summer camp days. experience. As you eagerly climb over the final lip of rocks, you land While we were endeavouring to drift off to sleep, an emergency ra- in a terraced parking lot filled with vehicles. Here an absolute clut- dio crackled on and off for a few hours. We overheard a conversa- ter of buildings confronts you (including a restaurant, a train sta- tion between some AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) staff, who tion, a visitor’s centre, and a weather observatory). Despite the rude were conducting a “sweep” effort after dusk to locate a lost hiker. awakening from solitude back to the buzz of humanity, where hik- ers were substantially outnumbered by non-hikers, we were glad Their effort was, happily, successful. www.bmtc.org 4. 2. The Blue Print .w l u e nBi u nz te m ee n a s S um miting MteBssWaaash olnngceo nn tt ss new & n & nn o u c e m n by Linda Finley white mountains of New Hampshire PHOTO: Linda Finley by Linda Finley (cont’d) PHOTO: Hart Fischer PHOTO: Hart Finley PHOTO: LindaFischer hiking. Three years ago my friends and I had trekked in the western region of the White Mountains, reaching 5 summits over 4,000 feet and staying in 2 huts operated by the AMC. But that’s another story… Travel Information: Toronto, Ont. to Pinkham Notch, N.H: We estimated 8 hrs travel time, which allowed for stops for border crossing, lunch and fuel stops. We took the 401 east to Montreal, where we picked up Hwy 20 east and then took Hwy 10 south to Magog, where we picked up Hwy 55 south through Stanstead. We crossed from Can- ada into the US at Derby Line, Vermont. The wait was very short as traffic was light. The travel down the two interstates, 91 and 93 are effort- less; Hwy 2 east takes you to Gorham and then Route 16 south will bring you into Pinkham Notch. Our descent the next day back to Pinkham Notch (10 kms) seemed as challenging as the initial ascent. It involved picking our way Pinkham Notch to Toronto: along the crudely hewn Parapet Trail for a few kms. Along the way We took a leisurely few days to return to Ontario from New Hampshire we met and spoke briefly with a “through hiker” who had been hik- – choosing to travel through the scenic parts of Vermont and New York. ing and camping solo along the Appalachian Trail (AT) for several To reduce some mileage, and to give the drivers a well deserved break, months already. He was skilfully manoeuvring the trail carrying a we opted for a ferry crossing of Lake Champlain, which lies between 25 kg pack, which had a revitalizing effect on us. We were definitely the two states. humbled and awed by his ambitious undertaking. (We learned that the total distance covered by the AT is approximately 3,500 kms, Accommodation: over 4 times the length of the Bruce Trail). At Pinkham Notch we stayed at Joe Dodge Lodge, which was very a comfortable dorm style accommodation run by the AMC. A hearty self We then hiked down the Osgood Trail for several kms (where we serve style dinner and breakfast are included in the price of accommo- could marvel at the height and features of Mt. Washington from dation. During our dining experiences, we were able to chat with fellow a distance, as well as detect the distinctive ski runs down Wildcat hikers, and learn of their origins and intended destinations. Accord- Mountain). We lunched at Osgood Tentsite, a campsite that sup- ing to my random research, Bostonians and New Yorkers were in the plied sturdy tent platforms. We did not rest for long, as we were ever majority. mindful (as we ate from our tins of tasty tuna) of the posted “Bear Alert” signs. The Lodge is also located directly next to the Pinkham Notch Visi- tor Centre, which contains a goldmine of information and resources. Our final leg followed the beautiful and gentler Great Gulf Trail. We We purchased our Trail maps there, and carefully inspected the scale were comforted when we paralleled the Peabody River and crossed model relief map of the entire White Mountain National Forest – which over it on a small bridge, which meant the trail head and highway raised our excitement and anticipation even higher. were near. We remarked that we felt like we were back in the Pretty Our first night on the Trail, we stayed at Madison Spring Hut. It was a River Valley in the Blue Mountains. cozy hut with co-ed dorm style accommodation. The resident staff pre- pared us a tasty dinner and a nourishing breakfast. The oldest hut in So, in closing, our two days of hiking was definitely a rewarding ex- the system, it will be closed this fall for renovations. perience, not to mention an all body and soul workout (something akin to the feelings of accomplishment combined with fatigue that Note: The AMC website (www.outdoors.org) is the place to go for book- you get at the terminus of a Bruce Trail “end to end” hike!). ing the Lodge or any of the mountain huts. Post Script: This was my second trip back to New Hampshire for The Blue Print 5. 1. Fall/Winter 2010 the Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club Hike Schedule: No v e m b e r 3 , 2 0 1 0 th ro u g h M ay 2 9 , 2 0 11 PHOTO: Hart Fischer Notes: difficulty and that I am properly equipped and physically able A) Unless stated otherwise, all hikes meet in the parkinglot to participate. I have no medical or other condition which behind Tim Horton’s on First St. in Collingwood might preclude my participation. I agree to follow the directions of the leader.” Hike Descriptions Pace: Slow ………………………… 0.0 to 2.5 km/hr Moderate ……………………. 2.5 to 3.5 km/hr Medium……………………… 3.5 to 4.5 km/hr Fast ………………………….. 4.5 to 5.5 km/hr Very Fast ……………………. > 5.5 km/hr Difficulty of Terrain: Novice ………………………......Mostly flat and easy, good footing. Novice/Intermediate ……….....Normal, some hills and poor footing. Intermediate ………........................Strenuous hills and poor footing. Experienced ………….........Difficult, very hilly, rocky, poor footing. Challenging …… ...Most rugged, very hilly, very rocky, bad footing. B) Hikers should come prepared with suitable clothing, foot- HIKER’S CHECK LIST wear, water, and snacks. Check distance, pace and terrain of hike to ensure it is within your fitness level. Call the hike leader before the hike if you have any questions or concerns. C) Hikers are encouraged to purchase a Bruce Trail Map If you have any health problems that could affect your hiking perfor- before hiking anywhere on the Trail. The map sales support mance, inform the hike leader. the Conservancy and it provides detailed access anywhere Note: If you have any known asthma, allergies or hay fever, carry an- in Ontario. Available at the Collingwood Tourism Informa- tihistamines. Asthma sufferers should carry their asthma medications tion Center, 30 Mountain Road Collingwood, ON. tel: (705) or inhalers and, in winter, always carry an inhaler. Allergy suffers 445-7722 or at www.brucetrail.org. $34.95 for non-members, should carry an EpiPen(s) and ensure someone on the hike knows $28.95 for BTC members. where you carry these. Diabetics should carry their medication. Wear comfortable boots/shoes. D) Hikers will be required to sign a waiver similar to that set Take a spare pair of shoes to change into at the end of the hike or carry plastic bags to protect the car from muddy boots and remember your out below prior to the commencement of the scheduled activ- car keys. ity: Have a backpack or waist pack to carry the following: - Cell Phone “I acknowledge that this activity of the Blue Mountains Bruce - Water or other beverages in screw top containers Trail Club in which I am participating involves risks which (extra in summer or on longer hikes are beyond the control of the club. Notwithstanding the ac- - Snacks (plus lunch if indicated in the hike write-up) knowledgment of such risks, I hereby release the Blue Moun- - Plastic poncho/rain gear to conserve heat and provide tains Bruce Trail Club, its contractors, employees, volunteers, seating and rain protection agents, assigns and executors from all claims for damage - Spare pair of socks and boot/shoelaces, duct tape, however so arising as a result of my participation in this or whistle, 2 aspirin - In winter: Thermal blanket/space blanket, extra layer any other activity organized by the club. I agree to pay the of clothing cost of any emergency evacuation of my person or belongings that may be necessary. I affirm that I am aware of the nature of the activity, its approximate length, duration and degree of www.bmbtc.org www.bmtc.org 6. 7. 2. The Blue Print Wednesday, November 3, 2010 We will carpool to km 0.0 of the Blue Mountain Sec- Time: 9:30 am (Note different meeting location) tion. Following the Main Trail north through open fields We will meet at 9.30 a.m. at Tim Horton’s in Wasaga and mixed hardwoods, we will descend to and cross the Beach (take #26 to Mosley St. and Tim Horton’s is Noisy River. We will then climb out of the valley and on the right, just before the bridge). We will hike the follow the trail north to km 8.5 where the hike will termi- ridges off Powerline that we snowshoe in the winter. nate. Bring water and a lunch. The trails are unmarked in this section. Bring a lunch Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate and water. Distance: 9 km Map: 21. Edition 25 Pace: Slow Level: Novice/Intermediate Leader: Herman Ohrt (705) 446-1440 Distance: Approx. 10 km firstname.lastname@example.org Leader: Cato Bayens (705) 322-5569 email@example.com Wednesday November 17, 2010 Time: 9:00 am Saturday, November 6, 2010 We will carpool to Km 43.7 on 30/31 Sideroad in Not- Time: 9:30 am tawasaga and hike south to the Bruce Trail Parking lot We will carpool to parking lot #2 near the gondola in the on Cty.Rd.91. Along the way, we will explore the Sing- Intrawest Village. We will hike up, across and down The hampton Caves Side Trail (weather permitting) and the Blue Mountain. We will hike up the beautiful Cascade new Duntroon-View Side Trail. By November, the leaves trail alongside the waterfall, experiencing steep ascents will have fallen, allowing spectacular views along the at times. We will then make our way across the top of route. Hopefully Indian summer will still be lingering. the escarpment and take in beautiful views of the surrounding area including The Bay. We will hike down the Memory Lane trail with comfortable switchbacks and enjoy a very special mid-mountain break for a snack. To the top again where we will descend down the Village Way trail back to the bottom. Bring a snack and water. Pace: Moderate Level of difficulty: Intermediate Distance: approx. 6 km Map: 24. Edition 25 Leader: Richard and Helen Saddington. 705- 444-5507 firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Time: 9:30 am We carpool to the skiers’ parking lot on Grey Rd 2 at Kolapore. We will follow the Main Bruce Trail westward from Rd 2 to Metcalf Rock. From here we will pick up the Paradise Highway trail in the Kolapore system and follow it back to the parking lot ….varied terrain and lots of great views. Bring a lunch and beverage. Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Distance: 10 km Map: 25. Edition 25 Leader: Neil Stokes (705) 445-3942) email@example.com Saturday November 13, 2010 Time: 9:30 am The Blue Print 7. 1. Fall/Winter 2010 10230 Highway 26 E., Collingwood, On (705) 444-1414 Time: 9:30 am Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate We will carpool to km 8.4 of the Beaver Valley Section. Distance:10 km Map: 22/23. Edition 25 We will then follow the Main Trail south to km 13.2 Leader: Dick Edwards (705) 445-5849 where the hike will end. We will then return to Colling- firstname.lastname@example.org wood for our Xmas Pot Luck. Pace: Slow Level: Novice Saturday November 20, 2010 Distance: 5 km Map: 24. Edition 25 Time 9:00 am Leader: Del Cook (705) 445-5990 We will car pool to Eugenia in the Upper Beaver Valley. email@example.com The hike commences at the Hogg’s Falls car park (km 62.1) and proceeds with several picturesque waterfalls ending at km 69 on Johnston’s Sideroad. Bring lunch Saturday November 27, 2010 and beverages. Optional, at the end of the hike: desert and coffee at a local bakery. There will be a CHRISTMAS POT LUCK Pace: Slow Level: Intermediate following the hike (1:00 pm) at the: Father Allard Distance: 7 km Map: 26 Edition 25 Centre 63 Elgin Street, Collingwood (St. Mary’s Leader: Mike Treuman (705)-444-8270 Catholic Church) firstname.lastname@example.org *Park at 150 St. Paul Street* Wednesday November 24, 2010 COME OUT AND JOIN US Time: 9:30 am We carpool to the parking lot on Duntroon Sideroad (km 36.5) and follow the main trail north to the Pretty River CAUTION- HUNTING SEASON FOR BOWS AND Valley. There are some great views and interesting crev- ices. Bring a lunch Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Distance: 9 km Map: 23. Edition 25 Leader: Bud Slocki (705) 444-2230 email@example.com MUZZLE LOADERS. 29 Nov to 5 Dec Saturday November 27, 2010 www.bmbtc.org www.bmtc.org 8. 2. The Blue Print Wednesday December 1, 2010 Time: 9:30 am We will carpool to the parking lot at 15 / 16 Sideroad in Singhampton and explore the Nottawasaga Bluffs. This is a great place to snowshoe/hike, offering several options in length, difficulty, beauty and views. Bring a beverage and a light snack. Following the hike will be an optional lunch at Mylar and Loreta’s - one of our favorite restaurants. Pace: Moderate Level of difficulty: Novice Distance: 6-8 km Map: 22. Edition 25 Leader: Sue Niblett (705) 445-4751 firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, December 4, 2010 Time: 9:30 am We will carpool to parking lot #2 near the gondola in the Intrawest Village. We will hike up, across and down The Blue Mountain. We will hike up the beautiful Cascade trail alongside the waterfall, experiencing steep ascents at times. We will then make our way across the top of www.saundersoffice.com the escarpment and take in beautiful views of the sur- rounding area including The Bay. We will hike down the Memory Lane trail with comfortable switchbacks and enjoy a very special mid-mountain break for a snack. To the top again where we will descend down the Village email@example.com Way trail back to the bottom. Bring a snack and water. Pace: Moderate Level of difficulty: Intermediate Wednesday December 8, 2010 Distance: approx. 6 km Map: 24. Edition 25 Time: 9:30 Leader: Cathy Sears 705-444-9859 We will carpool to the KenYoung Side Trail area to the Beaver Valley access trail at the corner of Sideroad 10D and 3rd Line. We will flip cars and then hike north on the 3rd line access trail to the Bruce Trail and then follow the Trail south. This part of the Bruce Trail has been newly opened and it is very scenic with many overlooks on the Beaver Valley below. We walk through a spectacular pass up the escarpment and pass over undulating trail. We proceed south to the Old Baldy parking lot where the hike will end. This hike is short with several climbs and descents along the way. Bring a lunch and a beverage. Pace: Moderate Level of difficulty: Intermediate Approx: 5 km Map: 25 edition 25 Leader: Carl Wintermeyer (705) 444-6796 firstname.lastname@example.org ENJOY THE SEASON The Blue Print 1. 9. Fall/Winter 2010 Saturday January 8, 2011 Time: 9:30 am We will carpool to 6th Sideroad and park at the end of the ploughed section. From there we will snowshoe to Saturday January 1, 2011 km 52.5, then turn north and follow the trail to km 55.5 Time: 10:00 am (but short cutting the last 500m to join the John Haig Start the year off on the right foot: On snowshoes Sidetrail). We then follow the John Haig Sidetrail and We carpool to the Snowmobilers’ Parking Lot and follow then the Russ McConnel Sidetrail back to the cars. Bring the snowmobile trail to the Pretty River Side Trail and a lunch and beverage. return to the parking lot via the main trail. Bring a lunch Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate and beverage Distance: 6 km Map 23. Edition 25 Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Leader: Dave Morton (705) 444-0228 Distance: 6.6 km Map: 23. Edition 25 email@example.com Leader: Murray MacRitchie (705) 446-2971 firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday January 12, 2011 Time: 9:30 am Wednesday, January 5, 2011 The Loree Forest is a good place for a snowshoe hike at Time: 9:30 am this time of year. We will car pool to the forest entrance We will carpool to the parking lot at 15/16 Sideroad in pathway on the 21st Sideroad and complete a loop hike Singhampton then commence a loop hike through the through the forest, with great views of Georgian Bay. Nottawasaga Bluffs on our snow shoes. There will be Following the hike, there will be an optional lunch stop great views and varied terrain. Bring a drink and a snack in Collingwood. Bring water and snacks and for those who wish we can finish off with a lunch at Pace: Slow Level: Novice Mylar and Loreta’s. Distance: 7 km Map. 24. Edition 25 Pace: Moderate Level of difficulty: Intermediate Leader: Sharon Emerson (705) 444-0750 Distance: 7km approx. Map: 22. Edition 25 email@example.com Leader: Paul Carnahan (705) 428-3022 www.bmbtc.org www.bmtc.org 10. 2. The Blue Print Saturday January 15, 2011 Time: 9.00 am Caledon Hills Section. We drive to Mono Centre (about Wednesday January 26, 2011 45 minutes from Collingwood south on Airport Road) Time: 9:30 am and park in the village parking lot. We take the Cliff We will carpool to km 20.6 of the Dufferin Section and Top Side Trail to McCarston’s Lake Side Trail. Lunch on snowshoe north through fields and bush to km 28.6. This Lookout Side Trail overlooking the Mono Cliffs Pro- is hilly country with beautiful views. Bring lunch and vincial Park. Return on the Main Trail to Mono Centre. beverages. Bring beverages and a lunch. Some hikers may consider Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate stopping off at the inn in Mono Centre after the hike. Distance. 6.4 or 8km Map: 20 Edition 26 Pace: Medium Level: Intermediate Leader: Herman Ohrt (705) 446-1440 Distance: 8 km Map: 19. Edition 25 firstname.lastname@example.org Leader: John Myers (705) 444-1756 email@example.com Saturday January 29, 2011 Time: 9:30 am Wednesday January 19, 2011 We will carpool to km 9.1 of the Blue Mountain Club Time: 9:30 am on #6/7 Sideroad Nottawasaga. This offers good snow- We will carpool to the parking lot at 15 / 16 Sideroad in shoeing in a mix of terrains. We will hike to km 15.7 Singhampton and explore the Nottawasaga Bluffs. This and leave cars at each end. A stop for hot soup at nearby is a great place for snowshoeing/hiking, offering several “Fruit of the Glen” will be an après-hike option. Bring options in length, difficulty, beauty and views. Bring a water and snacks. beverage and a light snack. Following the hike will be Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate an optional lunch at Mylar and Loreta’s – one of our Distance: 6.8 km Map: 22. Edition 25 favourite restaurants. Leader: Dick Edwards (705) 445-5849 Pace: Moderate Level of difficulty: Novice firstname.lastname@example.org Distance: 6-8 km Map: 22. Edition 25 Leader: Sue Niblett (705) 445-4751 email@example.com Saturday January 22, 2011 Time: 9:30 am We will carpool to Duntroon sideroad (km 34.7) of the Blue Mountain Section to commence a snowshoe hike of the Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Nature Reserve. The hike will terminate at the Singhampton Caves Parking lot (km 39.8). Following the hike there will be an op- tional lunch in Singhampton. Bring water and a snack. Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Distance: 6 km Map 23. Edition 25 Leader: Del Cook (705) 445-5990 firstname.lastname@example.org CAPE CHIN CONNECTION COUNTRY INN 418 Cape Chin North Road Lion’s Head, Ontario N0H 1W0 Phone : 1 (519) 795-7525 www.capechin.ca The Blue Print 1. 11. Fall/Winter 2010 Wednesday February 2, 2011 Time: 9:00 am We will drive to and park at Inglis Falls (km 92.1 in the Sydenham club section), then snowshoe north on the east side of the Sydenham river to Harrison park km 88.9. We will stop for a snack in the park restaurant, then return to the falls along the west bank of the river. Bring a bever- age. Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Distance: 6.5 km Map: 32 Edition 25 Leader: Rosemary Petrie (705) 293-4444 email@example.com Saturday February 5, 2011 Time: 9:30 am We will carpool to the Snowmobiler’s Parking Lot on Westchurch Sideroad to begin a partial loop hike of the Pretty River Valley Main Trail, Pretty River Side Trail and the John Haig Side Trail. While there are some steep ascents and descents the views are great and worth the effort. Poles are suggested to make the hike a bit easier. Bring lunch and beverages. Pace: Medium Level: Intermediate Distance: 10 km Map: 23. Edition 25 Leader: Hart Fischer (705) 445-6876 firstname.lastname@example.org Distance: 5 km Map: 24. Edition 25 Wednesday February 9, 2011 Leader: Dennis Gerrard (705) 444-9252 Time: 9:30 am email@example.com We will carpool to the Loree Forest parking lot and pick up the main trail from km 8.3 and make our way south Wednesday February 16, 2011 to km 13.2 where the hike will terminate. We will enjoy Time: 9:00 am some great views of the Beaver Valley as we snowshoe. We will carpool to the car park at Eugenia Falls (km Bring water and a lunch. 56.2). We will hike in the direction of Hoggs Falls, but Pace: Moderate Level: Novice/Intermediate as that car park is closed in winter, we will turn around Distance: 5 km Map: 24. Edition 25 short of the falls, finishing up back at Eugenia falls. Leader: Sharon Emerson (705) 444-0750 Bring water and a snack. firstname.lastname@example.org Pace: Medium Level: Intermediate Distance: 6 km Map: 26 Edition 25 Leader: Jansje Lawrenson (705) 445-0014 Saturday February 12, 2011 email@example.com Time: 9:30 am The Loree Forest is a great place for a snowshoe this Saturday February 19, 2011 time of year. We will carpool to the forest entrance Time: 9:30 am pathway on the 21st Sideroad and complete a loop hike We will carpool to the parking area on the 21st Sideroad through the forest, with great views of Georgian Bay. at the Loree forest. We will walk south until we join the Following the hike there will be an optional stop for Loree side trail at km 9.3. We will follow the Side Trail lunch in Collingwood. Bring water and snacks. to rejoin the Main Trail at km 3.5, returning on the Main Pace: Slow Level: Novice www.bmbtc.org www.bmtc.org 2. 12. The Blue Print Trail to km 8.3 and back to the cars. There are some stiles to climb and there will be good views over Geor- gian Bay. Bring water and a lunch. Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Distance: 7.5 km Map: 24. Edition 25 Leader: Helen Peacock (705) 444-0228 firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday February 23, 2011 Time: 9.30 am We will carpool to The Falls Inn at Walters Falls to begin a loop hike/snowshoe along the river and through the surrounding woods. There are some steep, but short as- cents. Bring water and a snack. There will be an option for a hot soup or lunch at the Falls Inn after the hike. Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Distance: 5 km Map: 29. Edition 25 Leader: Murray MacRitchie (705) 446-2971 email@example.com Saturday February 26, 2011 Time: 9:30 am Saturday March 5, 2011 We will carpool to the end of the 6th Line (turn north Time: 8.30 am (note early start) off the 15th Sideroad), in the Beaver Valley Section. We We will carpool to the parking area at km 60.5 on the will hike along the Bruce Trail heading north to km 11.3 Hockley Valley Rd. This part of the Caledon Hills sec- where it joins up with the Margaret Paull Side Trail. We tion is very pretty and while exploring the area we will will follow the Side Trail back to the cars. Bring water have a number of steep hills to negotiate. We may be and a snack. including one or two side trails, this depending on snow Pace: Moderate Level: Novice/intermediate conditions, but we will return to where we parked the Distance: 6 km Map: 24. Edition 25 cars. Bring water and a snack. There will be an optional Leader: Liz Fowlis (705) 444-5668 lunch at a local restaurant. firstname.lastname@example.org Pace: Medium Level: Intermediate/experienced Distance. Aprox 8.0 km. Map 18. Edition 25 Wednesday March 2nd, 2011 Leader: Jansje Lawrenson (705) 445-0014 Time: 9:30 am email@example.com We carpool to 6th Sideroad where we cross the John Haigh Side Trail. From here we snowshoe south on the Wednesday March 9, 2011 John Haigh Side Trail, continue on the Main Trail in a Time: 9:30 am northerly direction to km 52.5. From here we proceed ANNUAL SPRING TUNE-UP east to where the road is cleared of snow and cars have We will carpool to the top of the escarpment to begin been left earlier. Bring a lunch and beverage. our Annual Spring Tune-up hike descending the Three Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Stage Hill. This is always an interesting hike with some Distance: 6 km Map 23. Edition 25 great views and interesting terrain. If we still have lots of Leader: Rosemary Petrie (705) 293-4444 snow, bring your snowshoes. Bring water and a lunch. firstname.lastname@example.org Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Distance: 6 km Map: Map 23 Edition 25 Leader: Tom Wilson (705) 446-1877 email@example.com The Blue Print 1. 13. Fall/Winter 2010 Saturday March 12, 2011 Time: 9:00 am We will carpool to Inglis Falls (km 92.1 in the Sydenham Section), then snowshoe north on the west side of the Sydenham river to Harrison park km 88.9. We will stop for a snack in the park restaurant, then return to the falls along the east bank of the river. Bring a beverage. Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Distance: 6.5 km Map: 32 Edition 25 Leader: Mike Treuman (705) 444-8270 firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday March 16, 2011 Time: 9:00 am After leaving shuttle cars at the Snowmobilers’ Park- ing Lot in the Pretty River Valley we will carpool to the Duntroon SR (Highway 91) at km 38.5 to our new Parking Lot. Our hike will begin going North towards the Singhampton Caves and will continue down into the Pretty River Valley. Bring snowshoes if the conditions warrant it. Pack hot drinks and a lunch. Pace: Medium Level: Intermediate Distance: 9.6 km Map: 22 and 23. Edition 25 Leader: Hart Fischer (705) 445-6876 email@example.com Saturday March 19, 2011 Time: 9:30 am We will carpool to the parking lot at 15 / 16 Sid- eroad in Singhampton for a tour of the Nottawasaga Bluffs. This is a great place to snowshoe, and there are many great views. Bring a beverage and a light snack. Following the hike there will be an optional lunch at Mylar and Loreta’s. Pace: Moderate Level of difficulty: Intermediate Distance: 6-8 km Map: 22. Edition 25 Leader: Rob Mooy (705) 445-3321 firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday March 23, 2011 Time: 9:30 am We carpool to the Snowmobiler’s Parking Lot and follow the snowmobile trail to the Pretty River Side Trail and return to the parking lot via the main trail. Bring a lunch and beverage Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Distance: 9 km Map: 23. Edition 25 Leader: Tom Wilson (705) 446-1877 email@example.com www.bmbtc.org www.bmtc.org 2. 14. The Blue Print Saturday March 26, 2011 Wednesday April 6, 2011 Time: 9:00 am Time: 9:30 am We will carpool to 15 Sideroad and Prince of Wales Dr. We will carpool to the parking area on the 21st Sideroad and start our hike at km 35.2. We follow the main trail at the Loree forest. This is a circular hike that proceeds north through some of the richest farmland of Ontario north along the access road to the Loree forest. We then (Honeywood loam) and forest, steep climbs and de- hike east along a forest trail and then west to arrive at scents, which will bring us to km 44.8, where the hike the top of the Georgian peaks ski club. After lunch we will end. Bring a lunch and beverage. proceed west to arrive at the start point. There are lots of Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate grand views of the Bay along the way. Bring water and Distance: 10 km Map: 20/21. Edition 25 a lunch. Leader: Paul Carnahan (705) 428 3022 Pace: Easy Level: Intermediate Distance: 5 km Map: 24. Edition 25 Wednesday March 30, 2011 Leader: Heather Wintermeyer (705) 444-6796 Time: 9:00 am firstname.lastname@example.org We will carpool to the parking lot at Eugenia Falls (km 55.6), on the Upper Beaver Valley Extension Map. We Saturday April 9, 2011 will hike south on the Bruce Trail to Hogg’s Falls park- Time: 9:00 am ing lot (km 62.3), with lovely views of the waterfalls. We will car pool to the Snowmobiler’s Parking Lot on Bring water and a lunch. Westchurch Sideroad to begin “Hart’s Triple Hell” – 3 Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate ups, 3 downs, 3 loops, 3 lookouts and at least 3 beers Distance: 7 km Map: 26 Edition 25 for recovery. Everything will happen in the Pretty River Leader: Linda Finley (519) 538-2247 Valley and there will be an opportunity to drop out after email@example.com one loop (about 5.5 km). Once you start the second loop you are committed for the duration. There are some Saturday April 2, 2011 steep ascents and descents with great views, making the Time: 9:30 am extreme effort worthwhile. Poles are suggested to make We will carpool to 15/16 Sideroad in Singhampton, the hike a bit easier. Bring lunch and lots of beverages. where we will start and end our hike. Leaving the park- Pace: Medium Level: Challenging ing lot we will explore the Nottawasaga Bluffs area via Distance: 18 km Map: 23. Edition 25 the Main Trail, Keyhole Side Trail and the Betty Carter Leader: Hart Fischer (705) 445-6876 Side Trail. We may explore them all or some of them. firstname.lastname@example.org Interesting terrain and views. Bring water and a snack. Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Wednesday April 13, 2011 Distance: 10 km Map: 22. Edition 25 Time: 9:00 am Leader: Dick Edwards (705) 445-5849 We will carpool km 80.4 of the Beaver Valley Section to email@example.com begin our hike. We will follow the main trail north along the escarpment edge. The trail passes through mature hardwood forest and open fields with some spectacular views over the Beaver Valley. The hike will terminate at Epping Lookout km 91.9. Bring water and a lunch. Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Distance: Approx.11.5 km Map: 27. Edition 25 Leaders: Terry Sears (705) 444-9859 firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday April 16, 2011 Time: 9:00 am We will carpool to Blantyre and commence our hike at km 0.0 of the Sydenham Section. We will follow the trail west to km 7.4. Bring water and a light snack. At the The Blue Print 15. 1. Fall/Winter 2010 conclusion of the hike we will return to Collingwood for Saturday April 23, 2011 WORK PARTY the AGM and Pot Luck. Time: 9:00 am Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Distance: 7.4 km Map: 28. Edition 25 Leader: Del Cook (705) 445-5990 email@example.com !! NOTE!! Saturday April 16, 2011 While no specific jobs had been identified at the time the hike schedule was prepared, experience has shown that there is always lots to do. Come on out and give us a hand. If you plan on taking part: Contact: Linda Finley (519) 538-2247 The Blue Mountain Bruce Trail Club Annual Gen- firstname.lastname@example.org eral Meeting will be held at 3:00 pm with a potluck to commence at the conclusion of the meeting. A.G.M. CAUTION:- WILD TURKEY HUNTING SEASON- and Pot Luck will be held at Cornerstone Church, 20 April 25th to May 31st Batteaux Road, Village of Nottawa Wednesday April 27, 2011 Contact: Shirley Cook (705)-445-5990 Time: 9:00am From the skiers` parking lot at Kolapore on Grey Road COME OUT AND JOIN US 2 we shall follow the Paradise Highway/ Church trails to complete a loop of the Kolapore highlands. The area Sunday April 17, 2011 boasts an impressive diversity of terrain coupled with The Collingwood Super Cities Walk for MS 2010 some outstanding views. The hike may be augmented to The Blue Mountain Bruce Trail Club will once again be include other trails in the system, depending on condi- entering a team in the Walk for MS. It is more fun when tions and interest. you walk with a group. Why not come out and join your Bring lunch and water. fellow hikers in the fight against MS. Pace: Easy Level: Intermediate Contact: Shirley Cook 705-445-5990 Distance: 8km (minimum); 11 km (maximum) Leader: Neil Stokes (705) 445-3942 Wednesday April 20, 2011 email@example.com Time: 9:00 am We will carpool to km 93.3 on the Sideroad 22C on the Saturday April 30, 2011 west side of the Beaver Valley. We will then traverse Time: 9:00 am the Fairmont Side Trail, sections of the Bruce Trail and We will carpool to the cemetery parking area outside the Siegerman Side Trail to finish at the start point. This Lavander, then proceed to km 42.8 on Centre Rd to start is a very scenic hike, with hilly areas and some steeper the hike. The hike starts with steep descent to the Black ascents. Bring water and a lunch. Bank river then after climbing out of the valley we will Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate follow trails with good views to km 53.8. Bring drinks Distance: 10.2 km Map: 27. Edition 25 and a lunch. Leader: Barb Elwood (705) 445 8028 Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate firstname.lastname@example.org Distance: 9 km Map 21. Edition 25 Leader: Rosemary Petrie (705) 293-4444 email@example.com www.bmtc.org 2. 16. The Blue Print Wednesday May 4, 2011 Saturday, May 14, 2011 Time: 9:00 am Time: 9:00 am We will drive to Highway 89 via County Road 124. We We will car pool to Swiss Meadows to commence our start at Primrose Loop Side Trail to Main Trail, following hike through the nice B.T.C. property, then on the first it eastward to the Boyne River Side Trail. We then take 9.3 km of the Beaver Valley Main Trail and the Loree the Boyne River Side Trail back to Main Trail, and then Forest Side Trail, to # 21 S.R. where we left some cars south on the Main Trail to Highway 89. Bring water and to take us back to Swiss Meadows. There are several a lunch. steep ascents and descents, but the views make the effort Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate worthwhile. Bring lunch and lots of water. Distance: approx. 8 km Map: 20. Edition 25 Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Leader: John Myers (705) 444-1756 Distance: 12 km. Map: 24. Edition 25 firstname.lastname@example.org Leader: Ray Walker (705) 445-2272 email@example.com Saturday May 7, 2011 BRUCE TRAIL CONSERVANCY Wednesday May 18, 2011 TREE SALE Time: 9:00 am SATURDAY MAY 7, 2011 We will carpool to km 15.8 on 15th Sideroad in the TIME: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Beaver Valley Section. We will walk through to km 23.7, with the shuttle car pick up at the Kolapore car park. LOCATION: Bring water and a lunch. Blue Mountain Mall (Canadian Tire) parking lot. Pace: Moderate Level: Intermediate Our Club will be selling a variety of hardwood and soft- Distance: 8.2 km Map 24 and 25. Edition 25 wood tree seedlings, which will look great on virtually Leader: Terry Sears (705) 444-9859 any property. Trees are bare root and firstname.lastname@example.org potted – 3 to 4 years old. Wednesday May 25, 2011 Proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Bruce Trail Time: 7.00 am (Note early start) Conservancy. We will carpool to Wiarton and start the hike at Km 0 of the Peninsula Club. Following the set up of a shuttle We need your support to reach our objective so come out we will walk north along the shoreline of Colpoy’s Bay and purchase a tree or two. We will have lots on hand. to Purple Valley Trail Parking at km 17.1. There will be Members who would like to help out by selling trees for great views over the Bay and the option of a drop-off at part of the day are invited to contact: the Malory Beach access trail (km 12.0). Bring water and Sharon Emerson at (705) 444-0750 a lunch. Sharon.email@example.com Pace: Medium Level: Intermediate/Experienced Distance: 17.6 km Map 35/36. Edition 25 Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Leader: Denman Lawrenson (705) 445-0014 Time: 9:00 am firstname.lastname@example.org We will carpool to Duncan parking lot at km 33.2 in the Beaver Valley Section. This is a loop hike and we will get fine views from Pinnacle Rock and Metcalf rock. We will walk first along the main trail and then along the Chuck Grant Side Trail, eventually returning to the park- ing lot via the main trail. Bring water and a lunch. Pace: Moderate Level of difficulty: Intermediate Distance: 10.8 km Map 25 Edition 25 Leader: Marilyn Jones (705) 446-9951 email@example.com The Blue Print 1. 17. Fall/Winter 2010 Saturday May 28, 2011 ANNUAL END TO END First Leg Meeting Place: Sunday May 29, 2011 We will meet at Highlands Nordic Centre. It is located Second Leg west of Duntroon on the 10th Line, south of County Rd. Meeting Place: 91, (a 3 minute drive west from Duntroon on 91, then a 2 We will meet at Highlands Nordic Centre (see above for minute drive south on the 10th Line). directions). Be at pickup point by 6:45am at latest. Be at pickup point by 6:45am at latest. Badges will be provided to those completing both legs. Registration Fee: $25.00 will cover transportation, Pace: Set your own refreshments and badge. Distance: Approx. 33 km Pace: Set your own Contact: Sharon Emerson (705) 444-0750 Distance: Approx. 33 km firstname.lastname@example.org (Hikers may drop out at checkpoints) John Haig does it again! Volunteer of the year. Send registration fee to: Lee Wallace Box 798, 139 Orchard Drive, Thornbury, ON, N0H 2P0 For info contact: Sharon at (705) 444-0750 email@example.com !! NOTE !! ALL MEMBERS A social gathering will be held at Highlands Nordic Centre following completion of the first leg. Social – 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Burgers and Salads – 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Cost: $6.00 per person Dress: Casual RSVP if possible Shirley Cook (705) 445-5990 COME OUT AND JOIN US www.bmtc.org 2. 18. The Blue Print ABC’si s ofo s Vis itingS hNewfoundlandt by Liz Fowl , R emary Petrie, aron Emerson, Sue Niblet navigate a 10 m high waterfall to reach their spawning grounds. L ~ Lobster Head Cove Lighthouse: We had had a full day of hiking and were on our way home. One last stop. This sent Rosie into a “I’m dying for a cup of tea” frenzy. On entering the lighthouse, a very vibrant, friendly lady behind the desk greeted us with, “Would you like a cup of tea?” We were pointed to the kitchen, made our cup of tea and sat with our feet up! An- other example of Newfoundland hospitality. M ~ Moose Burger: more nutritious alternative to a hamburger. N ~ Norris Point: site of the Bonne Bay Marine Station, where Sandy, a ma- rine biology student introduced us to her pet Sea Mouse! O ~ Oil: Whale oil extraction done at Red Bay, Labrador by Basque whalers The adventurers are, from left: as depicted at the Red Bay Visitors Centre. Liz Fowlis, Rosemary Petrie, Sharon Emerson, Sue Niblett. ABC’s of Visiting Newfoundland P ~ Painters: Whilst sipping our tea at the Lobster Cove Lighthouse a lo- When we were asked to write about our trip to Newfoundland we reluc- cal lady resident was trying to marry off her son who just happened to be tantly accepted the challenge. One week prior to deadline we started to painting the exterior of the lighthouse. “Are any of you single?” she asked. panics, of course, we hadn’t written anything! So after a few bottles of the “Yes we all are” ( we dragged Rosie P into the net)“There are 2 of them out red stuff and some serious thought, we got cracking. As those of you who there and they both need wives why don’t you check em out” .“We have, but have visited this wonderful island will realize Newfoundland English is like they look young for us!”“Don’t worry about that” she said “ they don’t care none other. So we are going through the alphabet with some local expres- about age” Newfoundland humour at its best. sions and anecdotes of a memorable trip. Here are just a few of them: A ~ L’Anse aux Meadows: The Viking settlement at the top of the island Q ~ Quidi Vidi: A small village and neighbourhood of St. John’s with a great is regarded widely as the first European settlement in North America. ( A brewery. We quickly acquired a taste and acquired the name of “ The Quidi UNESCO World Heritage Site) Vidi chicks” B ~ Bergie bits: Pieces of iceberg which are collected with nets from small R ~ Rocky Harbour: a small community with a variety of amenities, serving boats to be used in the manufacture of iceberg beer and bottled water. as a hub for day excursions in Gros Morne National Park. C ~ Cow Head: Home of the Gros Morne Theater Festival and 500 million S ~ St. John’s: Sue spent 3 days here before meeting Sharon, Rosie and year old rock formations. Lizzie in Deer Lake. Too many experiences to talk about here, but if you want more info, call her. D ~ Desserts: Jam-Jams, Lassy Mogs, Bake apples and Figgy Duff (without a fig in sight) but all great with a cuppa tea. T ~ Tablelands: Hiking trail with eerie, barren landscape and rocks from deep beneath the earth’s surface. E ~ Elsie’s room: We had a good nights sleep in this room which had been U ~ Unfortunately no whales visible on boat trip. A Minke Whale was occupied by Elsie who was a nurse at the Grenfell Nursing Station at For- glimpsed from our window at the “Snuggle Inn” at St. Anthony. teau, Labrador. V ~ Vikings: Only lasted for one generation conditions too tough. The Visi- F ~ Fisherman’s Brewis: this consisted of ashed cod, mashed hardtack bis- tors Centre recently updated. cuit topped with pork scrunchions (? Spelling) No-one else tried this either. W ~ Western Brook Pond: easy boardwalk hike to the departure point for G ~ Gros Morne: When we got to the top, we felt as though we had sum- the boat trip. Lizzie met her next door neighbours and 2 nice bikers from mited Everest! Whew! But the view and the egg salad sandwiches made it L.A. In the Fjiord, waterfalls were plentiful, scenery beautiful. worth the effort. X ~ eXceptional trip. H ~ Hospitality: Are there any people more hospitable than Newfound- landers? If so, we have yet to meet them. Y ~ Young Caribou calving at top of Gros Morne during month of June- mountain off limits! Check dates before you leave! I ~ Icebergs: You really do feel the chill in the air as you pass a 15,000 year old iceberg. Taste the purest water on earth, iceberg ice (or beer). .Z ~ zucchini: (making this up) vegetable grown in the side of the road vegetable gardens-soil is trucked in and cultivation of these roadside plots J ~ Jig’s Dinner: Traditionally served as Sunday dinner and consists of salt provide food for local Moose(as witnessed by us ‘come from aways’) beef, and boiled vegetables served with pease pudding boiled to a paste. Also served with blue potatoes which are a variety common to Newfound- So that’s it. We won’t easily forget our trip to Newfoundland and if you have land. Ask Lizzie how it tastes. The rest of us went for the safety of fish and not yet been, put it right up there on your “must do” list chips. K ~ King of Fish: Atlantic Salmon come to the Torrent River to spawn and R.S.L.&S.z The Blue Print 19. 1. Fall/Winter 2010 Blue Blazes news & announcements PHOTO: Hart Fischer 2010 End to End Thank You “Did She Mention My Name” Our picture takers were Hart Fischer, Irena Barbir and Tin Htoo--- hundreds of photos and not a gray hair to be seen. (You may have to go to the Blue Mtn web site to see the photos) but you could try the following: http://www.bmbtc.org/index.html. With Georgian Bay in the background, the hat folks at the BBQ, the happy finishers, what a terrific job, thank you photographers. Thank you also to Neil Stokes and Sue Niblett who, with the help of Marietta Service, our BTA Representative, co-marshalled on Sat- urday so I could cover the trail. Once my helpers, Sharon Emerson, Barb Elwood, and Lee Wallace got the attendance, hike waivers and the 67 hikers on the two buses, it was off to Swiss Meadows. The hares leapt off and raced for trail position, while the turtles donned sun screen and sun hats, determined to make the distance. That is the beauty of a club supported end to end, everyone follows the blazes back to their car at their own pace. Some took pictures, sam- pled the baking of Bonnie Zinn, A.K.A. Bonnie the Baker Supreme, and noticed the blue waters of Georgian Bay, some worked out their kilometers per hour and who finished ahead of them. “Each to their own,” said the old woman who kissed the cow. Check points were managed by Myra Tytus, Sharon Emerson, Barb Elwood, Lee Wallace, Liz Fowles, Rosemary Petrie, Peggy Bailey, Pe- ter and Mary Thompson, Sue Niblett, and John Haigh. You must have said and done the right things, the hikers loved you. Some had blisters, some had sore muscles, some turned ankles, some had black fly bites, but apparently the discomfort was balanced with Barb Yeo is presented with her donation Thank You plaque giggles, chortles, and although I can’t confirm it, some even tried a Gordon Lightfoot’s song played in my head as I work towards the dip in the Mad River as a diversion. Paul Carnahan did sweep duty completion of the Blue Mountain End to End of 2010, ----my ‘Swan Song Year’. I am handing the helm over to three delightful people, Barb Elwood, Sharon Emerson, and Lee Wallace who will put their stamp on the end to end. There are so many people who help with this project, and I wonder if I have remembered to mention their name. I will try to give a nod to as many as I can think of; here goes. Highlands Nordic is fairly central to our Blue Mountain Trail, but they also have been generous and wonderful in so many ways. Thanks to Larry Sinclair, his family and staff, Highlands Nordic is a super place to cross country ski, a great place for our BBQ, a per- fect parking place for cars, and the farm house had become the fun house. They tell me they make lots of tea and sing songs around the fire pit, the Niagara gang’s influence no doubt. May the tradi- tion last forever. www.bmtc.org 20. 2. The Blue Print Blue Blazes news & announcements PHOTO: Hart Fischer for us, thanks to all those helpers. The gift of time is a generous one. What can I say about the BBQ? Shirley and Del Cook have mastered preparing for an unknown number of ravenous hikers. They started with the most delicious finger food, and ended with decadent desserts. The happy faces and the raucous laughter tells it all. Thank you to Del, Shirley and the gang that set up, served and dismantled. Thank you also goes out to the Blue Mountain Club as a whole under the leadership of Peter McDonald. The ship sails ever forward with a full crew of workers and advisors. Linda Finley needs to get a special nod along with the trail maintenance crew. We have a beautiful section of the Bruce Trail and are pleased introduce it to the people who came from as far away as Sarnia. Adding the Fun Factor Why do people drive to do this hike, why do people organize it, why do people volunteer? There is an enjoyment of the outdoors, there is an energy draw, there is disbelief of the goals, there is the laughter. I guess it boils down to the fun factor. I love the fun hats, I love to see the hikers come in to a check point with that wonderful mixture of exhaustion again! and elation on their faces. It takes lots of grit and determination to Thanks, again, cover nearly 67 kilometers in two days , and the reward of a badge, Happy Hiking, (as cute as he is), is a bit nebulous, but the hikers do recognize j :)” the contribution that is required by the club to make this happen . “Thanks for a great hike! I am so glad I joined and stayed at the farm Here is a bit of the feedback from the hikers: house. It was very well organized and the BBQ was great too. I met a “It always feels good to turn out for such a well organized and fun great bunch of people and really enjoyed myself. The volunteers and event. Congratulations on running yet another successful end to end, snacks at the check points were great too. (special thanks to the Day 2 you even got the weather right!” check point 2 ladies who took care of me and brought me back to the T farm house!). I’ll come back to the trail in a few weeks to finish my last 14km and next year I’ll try the end 2 end again! Everyone was so help- “Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend! I thoroughly enjoyed ful and supportive! my stay at the farmhouse and I met so many fabulous hikers! I will Thanks again! try to do the end to end again next year - and stay at the farmhouse, K” The Blue Print 21. 1. Fall/Winter 2010 Blue Blazes news & announcements PHOTO: Hart Fischer They were: “These are fantastic pictures! Be sure to Thank Irena and her assistant Gord Brocklebank for donating their time and talent! They really captured the spirit and Nils Stockinger the fun we all had! Super job!” Robert Mooy Fran Wood Matthew Mutch Irene Dicks Louise Langlais Therese Hawn Marianne Wigle Fiona Nisbet Gary Booth Laura Browne Tom Hall Heather Robb Steve Sack Janet Ingham Steve Burkart Chantal Scerri “I just want to thank you again for all your hard work in organizing the Arlene Scerri End-to-End. I had a wonderful time. It will always hold a special spot Peter Nicholl in my heart. Everyone from the Blue Mountain Club was so warm and Kelly Lopez welcoming. You have a wonderful bunch of people there! Vito Fasano Thank you! You are wonderful! Fred Azzopardi A” Bill Anthony Hart Fischer “You were amazing pulling this event together! We were thrilled that Ed Dean you so easily accommodated us! Our aches and pains are a “pleasant” Jan Chambers reminder of a memorable day! Thanks for a great effort and please Rolf Tomlins pass on our thanks to all your volunteers especially whoever mad the Vanessa Fox peanut butter chocolate treats at checkpoint 2!! Cheers, K and R Jansje Lawrenson ps. My pedometer marked the hike as 42,700 steps, 1650 calories Denman Lawrenson burned in 6 hours 12 minutes!! We toasted our efforts with fellow Bruce Susan Janhurst Trail hikers and neighbours H and D!” Greg Luck Norm Sailian “Many thanks to you and the other volunteers who supported you in Mike Garvey organizing the end-to-end hike this past weekend. I enjoyed the two Hart Fischer days. Kind regards” Frances Wise Edith Graf “It was a great end to end. So very well organized, great trails, great Audrey Dancy food. Thank you and thank all the wonderful volunteers from me and my buddies.” P.S. Speaking of my bridge, it is a sweet bridge, and I ‘m lovin’ it. Thanks There were 39 who successfully completed the Blue Mountain end to all who do such marvelous work for the Blue Mountain section to end and earned their badge. of the Bruce Trail. Thank you to all the helpers who made another successful end to end in 2010. Barb Yeo www.bmtc.org 22. 2. The Blue Print Help Us Reduce Our Carbon Footprint! Sign up for our e-newsletter! Delivered straight to your inbox twice a year. Extra info has never been better looking or easier to find - the online PDF version has clickable links and is in glorious full colour. Help us conserve nature’s resources by reading electrons instead of paper. Log on to www.bmbtc.org and do it today! 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