MICROADVENTURES, A REFRESH BUTTON FOR EVERYDAY LIVES

– ALASTAIR HUMPREYS

 

After five days of working in the city we need to get out.  By Friday it doesn’t matter where we go as long as we’re away from the hustle and bustle, city lights, and crowds of people.  We want to sit in front of the campfire with friends, watch the stars come out, and fall asleep to the sound of a nearby creek.

We made the drive to Chehalis Lake, just west of Harrison Lake near the District of Mission with our friends Alex and Alison.  In 2007 a rock slide triggered a tsunami on the lake that destroyed two campgrounds and flooded a third.  The Chehalis slide is said to be second in size only to the Hope slide (the largest recorded in British Columbia history.)  Lucky for us, we enjoyed calm waters that were warm enough to swim in on the last weekend on September.

But how did we get there?  How do you find awesome backroads to drive on and epic places to camp?  (To be honest,  in this case Alex had actually done the hard work and scouted the location earlier in the week.)

One great resource includes the map found on the British Columbia’s Ministry of Forests website.  This map shows backroads (and their conditions), camping, and hiking spots.  Spend some quality time on here and Google Earth to figure out the general area you’d like to go to.  After you have chosen your route and you’re in the woods (without cell reception) what do you do?  That’s when you pull out your Backroad Mapbook.  We’ve got a hard copy version, but you can also download a GPS map for your Garmin or a PDF version for your tablet.

Alastair Humphreys coined the term #microadventure.  This video he put together is a nice motivator to get out of town, even if it’s for a single night.  We did just that for a single Saturday night.  But, with dirt still on our truck and the smell of campfire in our hair are refreshed enough (with the help of a little coffee) to start our Monday morning and make our way through another workweek… well, almost.

After checking out the photos below, make sure to check out Alex and Alison’s blog post for even more!

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16 comments

  • Rhonda

    LOVE the term microadventure.. we do it nearly every weekend in summer and at least one or two weekends a month. While toiling away, anxious to TRULY get on the road, our weekends spent in nature are sometimes the lone saving grace to the week!

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    • Rich and Ash

      We very much agree Rhonda! We NEED to find nature on the weekends 🙂

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    • mike'loops

      Don’t forget to check out Regional District sites, lots of them like the tnrd (wink, wink) have really cool webmapping run by really cool people..

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    • Rich and Ash

      Thanks for the tips Mike!! We definitely need to make a run up to the TNRD sometime and meet some of those really cool people you speak of!

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  • Alastair Humphreys

    Suberb location, brilliant photographs, and ludicrously massive trucks: I love it!

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    • Rich and Ash

      Thanks Alastair!

      Keep up the good work inspiring others to find adventure in their lives!

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  • Karie

    Beautiful pictures. I could feel and smell the crisp mountain air through the images.
    When you guys heading back down again? We are leaving in a few months from NorCal.

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    • Rich and Ash

      Thanks Karie!

      We head back down to pick up our truck in April. Hopefully we can cross paths!

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  • Ryan

    AWESOME! What great photos!

    I was out exploring northern Vancouver Island for the first time with my new-to-me FJ Cruiser right around the same time as this trip. Traveling and getting away from the 9-5 is such a blast.

    The catalog of your adventures here is truly inspiring!

    I’ve been seeing the “Green Machine” parked on the street right around where I live and kept meaning to checkout the URL on the windshield. Then, someone mentioned you on overlandcanada.com, which triggered my memory and got me to check out your blog. Glad I finally did 🙂

    Best of luck with your 2015 plans!

    –Ryan

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    • Rich and Ash

      Thanks for the kind words Ryan! Let us know if you even want to get together for coffee or beer!

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  • Cory Kostyniuk

    Is there a way to get to Statlu lake on the Chehalis forest service road i’ve headed out twice and seen the gate closed both early summer and early winter just on the other side of the Chehalis river. I’ve taken the road to the Skewellpell campground so not sure if you can get to the end of Chehalis lake from there. I know you can do the Mystery Creek run from the Harrison Mills forest service road but having not done any offroading in that area since 1998 i didnt want to chance it without some additional resource. Any websites that are good with up to date (past 6months) references on the best routes and state of the road as I’ve got a stock GM Sierra pickup with offroad tires but no lift.

    cheers n Beers for any advice.

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  • Pawel

    Hey! Is it necessary to have a truck to make it to the lake.

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  • Pawel

    Hey! Is it necessary to have a truck to make it to the lake?

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  • Kyle

    Hey I’m looking to go to this exact spot this weekend, what side of the lake were you on? South? Best way to get there? We’re bringing quads in so we’re able to park then quad any further if needed. Thanks man! Pics look awesome.

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  • Lala

    Amazing photos! Wow! .. we got up to the other end of the lake last fall. You’ve inspired us to find our way around!

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