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Gumboots requiredGumboots required
Monday, November 05, 2012

Up at Steele over the weekend. Minimum traces of snow only once you get to the cabin. Trail was super soggy and flowing in some spots from all the rain. Beautiful to see the mist go scooting past Sunday morning with a howler of a wind. Wear gumboots if its been raining hard and the temperature is up, save your feet from turning into prunes.

Posted by: cornbinder

Banff Film Fest Nov 16thBanff Film Fest Nov 16th
Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Great report from Cornbinder about there trip to Steele. The more people that post the better you can plan your trip. Take some pics and post ten too.

The Banff film fest is a great showing of a bunch of outdoor films. This helps the Tet Outdoor club raise money for the firewood airlifts and repairs etc to cabins. Join the club and share the outdoors.

Please post reports about any trips to Tet.

Posted by: Snow Man

Snowing on Cypress must be on Dakota and TetSnowing on Cypress must be on Dakota and Tet
Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lets hope it snows and stays this time. cold and wetter and snow up high.

Posted by: Gerry

Interesting Trip, Mayne Lake TrailInteresting Trip, Mayne Lake Trail
Current Conditions Sunday, November 11, 2012

There was 1-2cm of dry snow at the parking lot, maybe 2-4cm higher up. We hiked to the Mt. Steele hut, arriving just after a group of 8 French-speaking young people with snowshoes. When we informed them our party was 7 people, the immediate response was: 'Perhaps your party should find another cabin to go to.' Not: 'We can all squeeze in, the more the merrier', or even: 'Perhaps your party could consider going back to Edwards Lake cabin.' I heard the word 'sept' used a lot while they conversed in French.

According to the log book at Edwards cabin, some other group had exactly the same encounter with the French-speaking group last year on the same weekend. Anyway, we went back and shared the Edwards cabin with an extremely nice couple from Sechelt. There were 8 people at Steele, 9 at Edwards, and 2 at Bachelor for the night of the 10th.

It was snowing on the morning of the 11th. We elected to go out via the old trail from Edwards Lake to Mayne Lake, then to Bachelor Lake. Those of us who had ever hiked it, had not done so for about 15 years. We had a tough time finding the start of the old trail, which actually forks east off the main trail just as you leave Edwards Lake. Instead, we made our way over the very awkward mess of the reclaimed road to its end, then bushwhacked toward Edwards Lake to eventually intercept the trail. This trail has not seen any maintenance for a long time and is badly overgrown and further obscured by deadfalls. The trail markers are mostly intact. How we itched for having some loppers, hedge trimmers and a chainsaw.

Very pretty light snow continued to fall all day. This hid icy patches on the main trails, making for some treacherous spots, especially on the way to Mt. Steele. The trail is sufficiently frozen that you don't have to worry about getting wet. Not enough snow for snowshoes.

We had lunch at Bachelor cabin, then continued to the cars.

We were able to drive to the upper parking lot, through a skiff of snow. By the time we drove down the road between the parking lots, this was more like 4cm and was getting slippery. The French party's vehicles were still at the lower parking lot.

Thanks to all the volunteers who did the upgrades and firewood work trips.

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Posted by: SteveG

Winter! And cougarsWinter! And cougars
Current Conditions Monday, November 12, 2012

Drove up on saturday night and hiked in at 7pm Saw four cougars on the road. Big bushy tails. Spent the nights of the 9 th and 10 th at bachelor cabin. Snowing all day. Took the old bushy trail ( see previos post) from bachelor to Edwards. Hard to follow without markers.

Posted by: Bricon

That sucks about large group at SteeleThat sucks about large group at Steele
Current Conditions Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hike all way to Steele to find you are not welcome that sure does wreck a great weekend. Think some people need a lesson in respect and Maners. Hope you contacted the Tet outdoor club maybe they can explain the cabin use policy to that group.

Posted by: Gerry

Group of 10 Dec 8-9 heading up to Edwards CabinGroup of 10 Dec 8-9 heading up to Edwards Cabin
Current Conditions Friday, November 16, 2012

Just wanted to let some folks know that we have a group of 10 people heading up to Edwards Cabin on Dec. 8th. Our group is called the Tuesday Night Food and Run Club, so we'll have plenty of food to share if anyone else is heading up.

Thank you

Posted by: Newton

Tet Park etcTet Park etc
Current Conditions Friday, November 16, 2012

Glad to see some groups welcome others, and enjoy the park. Just a reminder that the road to the Tet is a remote back road and 4x4 and chains maybe needed. 2 wheels drives should not travel the road in winter as road is narrow and when they get stuck they risks others. The road is Narrow and speed should be reduced. Slow down before corners as someone else maybe coming the other way. A few months ago a young women was killed because of a 4x4 driving to fast around a corner and hit the Quad she was on parked on roadside. Do not stop in middle of road only stop where you are off the traveled part of road.
Get chains Use Alpine chains not cable chains. Cable chains will come apart if wheel spins and can take out brake lines.

Rubber tires and Ice do not mix well. CHAINS are the only answer to travel the Tet road in winter safely. They only take less then 5 mins to put on. No Tow truck will come and get you if you get stuck.
Have fun be prepared.

Posted by: Snow Man

Work party Dakota RidgeWork party Dakota Ridge
Current Conditions Sunday, November 18, 2012

We are organizing a work party at the warming hut next Saturday the 24 November to get the place ready for the planned opening of Dec 15. There is lots of wood to split and stack, front wall to repair, a bit of painting and some shelving to be constructed in the equipment shed.
meeting at Strait coffee for ride sharing and leaving at
0830 hrs on Saturday. infos: Michel Frenette 885-0458

Posted by: Michel Frenette

Tet conditionsTet conditions
Current Conditions Saturday, November 24, 2012

Anyone have an update about the current snow conditions and levels?

Posted by: PUNKY

45 cm of Snow on Dakota45 cm of Snow on Dakota
Current Conditions Sunday, November 25, 2012

Snow levels are looking good for Dakota. Thanks to the volunteers and staff who worked to help get Dakota ready for the season at yesterday's work party.

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Posted by: Alpha Adventures

Party of 5 up to Mt Steele, Saturday Dec 1stParty of 5 up to Mt Steele, Saturday Dec 1st
Current Conditions Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hi all! Just wanted to let you know we have a group heading up to Mt Steele this coming Saturday night. Will be a merry seen indeed and we're hoping for enough snow to warm up our ski legs! Has anyone been up since Nov 15th to check out the conditions?

Posted by: Robina

Rain up the hill so all that snow will be wetRain up the hill so all that snow will be wet
Current Conditions Wednesday, November 28, 2012

was raining hard at cypress and Grouse today so any snow in Tet or Dakota will be soaked and mush. Will turn to ice as soon as you drive on it be carefull.

Posted by: Gerry

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