You may have heard last weekend we had a local snowmobiler reported overdue. While travelling alone on a remote trail the man hit a hidden log and tipped his sled. The sled was stuck on a hill and wedged against a tree making it impossible for him to right it. Tough position for anyone to be in but the man prepared himself to spend the night on the side of a small lake. Would you be prepared to do this? The good news is that he left travel plans with a loved one who then reported him missing. The next morning RCMP, CASARA and Yellowknife Search and Rescue deployed. That afternoon he was located miles away from his sled in a vacant cabin, alive and well. I hope this can stand as a testimonial that you should not travel alone and have appropriate safety gear. If you find yourself in this unfortunate position it could save your life. A big thanks to the RCMP and our volunteer searchers; we’re lucky to have you.
We seem to be getting a little more snow each week so the trails are less rocky. Remember there are still numerous buried rocks on the lakes where none were last year. Some of the higher traffic portages are getting pretty rough so require reduced speed. Larger lakes are drifted but still easily passable. The City Boy Loop has been travelled recently. The section from Duck to Jennejohn and Defeat are good with some rough portages. Lots of untouched snow found in towards Defeat for you carvers but be aware that the section from Defeat through to YK Bay is very rough and narrow; a true wilderness trail.
The groomed trails within the city are in excellent condition thanks to our volunteers. The GSSA still has some gravel to spread on the Kam Lake trail and will most likely be doing so on Saturday so watch for our crew. The ungroomed connector between Finlayson North and Range Lake south is rough and narrow so be cautious travelling this trail. One of our riders damaged his sled trying to pass through.
There are some fun upcoming events for you hardy winter loving Yellowknifer’s. A few work activities too for those who want to help out.
Feb 15th 6-8pm (Thursday) – Polar Tech Members Night & Maintenance Session
o Open to GSSA members only
o Polar Tech will be offering good discounts not open to the general public
o Polar Tech will also offer basic trail maintenance advice so if you have a few questions or need to know how to get your sled back on the trail come on out.
Feb 16th (Friday) – Arctic Response is holding a Snowmobile Safety & Operations Course
o This is very good training for new riders or those who ride as part of their job. Contact Arctic Response right away for more details
Feb 17th (Saturday) – Gravel haul
o Due to low turnout we still have some gravel to move onto the Kam Lake trail. Please let me know if you’re available to help. I plan to start at 10am just off Curry Drive near the crossing to Grace Lake. We’ll only work for a few hours so we can ride later in the day.
Feb 18th – (Sunday) afternoon ride
o I’ll host a short ride beginning at 2pm
o Let’s meet on YK Bay near the ice castle
o Route unknown, we can decide before we ride
Feb 25th – GSSA Diva’s Snow Run
o Meet 09:30 on YK Bay by the city dock
o Ride will go to Reid Lake and back with a stop for lunch on Reid
o Open to all ladies in town
March 10th – Arctic Anglers ice fishing derby on Walsh Lake
o Visit Arctic Anglers Facebook pager for more details
March 11th – GSSA ride to Hearne Lake Lodge
o Cost is $20 (members) $25 (non-members) for a delicious lunch and we can accommodate a maximum of 20 people. This is open on a first-come first serve basis; payment guarantees a spot. Contact myself (446-1231), Kate (445-7093) or Marg (873-8730) to get a spot.
o If anyone wants to ride out March 10th and stay the night please contact them at www.hearnelakelodge.com. Hearne has room for a maximum of 10 people. Cost is $170 per night and includes 3 meals. You can then ride back to town Sunday with the rest of the crew
March 17th – YK Multisport’s Club annual Frostbite 50 race
o The club has asked the GSSA for some safety riders again this year to make sure the racers can get off the course quickly if needed.
o If you are free for a couple hours or the whole day please volunteer. It’s been a fun day for me the last couple of years.
o I am also looking for a volunteer to help me organise because I will be out of town that weekend.
March 23rd to 25th – Long John Jamboree weekend
April 7th – GSSA annual Making Trax rally
o Details are still in the works but make sure you schedule the day off. It’ll be fun and full of prizes
Remember one is the loneliest number – never ride alone.