Thanks for posting that trip here too. I read it on www.overlandcanada.com but looks like that website is gone. I wonder what happened as just a few months ago I was reading a bunch of interesting posts. What a shame such a wealth of information went puff!
Never too late to plane trips and share with others. My main plan this summer would be hiking/backpacking along the way in Monica Meddow, St Mary’s Alpine, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Valhalla Provincial Park.
Very impressive how you connected the Caribou Creek Rd up and over to the Wragge Beach rec-site. I was reading your trail description as loose rock, boulders, ruts, narrow trail, tight switchbacks, sharp rocks, 10 to 15 point turns. I only have a stock Rubi and will be fully loaded with kids! I wonder if I can do this. I have no offroad experience, nor any recovery gear yet. Just thinking through what is required.
Were you confident being on you own in such terrain?
It seems challenging to find like-minded folks to go with. My like-minded Vann digram, 1) family with kids 7 to 12 ish age, 2) want to do multi-day backpacking, and 3) want to off road /overland in remote and more serious places. 4) able to agree on and co-ordinate holiday schedules. This shrinks to almost no one I suspect, so each to their own I guess.
What are the main risks on remote Kootenays trails?
We are not talking major rock crawling obstacles, or mud bogs. Sounds like sharp rocks and going through your tires would be the primary concern. Even with large tires you got a blow-out on a sidewall. Did you air down too little or too much or it just happens? I’m thinking a good tire repair kit would be a must have. Communications, for logging truck calls, and in case of an emergency, seems high on the list.
From my experience camping in the Kootenays – don’t forget the chicken wire to protect the vehicle from porcupines.