Part 4- The Walbran
After 6 months of buzzing around the island working and exploring, it was massive relief to finally come back to the Walbran Valley to get back to what I love most, trailbuilding. The fall ended up being really exciting; the core trailbuilding crew, Alex, Maia, Will and myself ended up laying down the most amount of boardwalk yet. After 2 years of figuring things out and improving our woodworking and saw skills, everything clicked together and projects were getting done faster than ever before.
With winter closing in fast, we finished the season in mid November with some big work days labouring well into the night under skis of heavy, unrelenting rain.
The Bugaboo Giant
On the way out from one of our last trips, we came across a tragic sight. After 3 days of torrential rain, a huge, fully grown, healthy cedar had fallen across the road on the the Bugaboo main. This 1000+ year old tree had zero rot, perfect grain and beautiful foliage, but with the ground saturated with water and zero wind protection (the surrounding forest had all been clear cut), the Bugaboo Giant toppled over in the storm.
It took us 3 hours with two chainsaws to cut a gap wide enough for my car (ripping the muffler off in the process). A wild adventure, but an emotional one as well. Although it was an exciting mission to get my car through the tree, it left us feeling sad, confused and shitty. When Christopher Columbus stumbled onto Cuba, this tree was already over 500 years old. It's now just a bunch of dead wood on the side of the road...