Archive for April 24th, 2014

Gaff Still Good To Go!

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Just returned from the Gaff via Millertown Junction Road.  It looked very dismal at first.  All the way in there was almost no snow.  But there WAS snow at the end of the plowed road about 5 km in.  We unloaded and it wasn’t too far before we got a glimpse of the Gaff.  It was obviously going to be a good day if we could get there.  Well getting there was no problem and if you add all the dirt we crossed on the road and tracks it wouldn’t add up to a hundred feet!  The woods along Mary March Brook has tons of snow and big drifts if it warmed up enough to soften them and you can spend a day along that river alone.  However, once you pass the Quarry and reach the open country you can go anywhere you want.  Just point the skis and go!  We went to Hinds hill and back in short order.  Now as with all spring riding, if it is cold it is going to be a ski-chattering day.  If it is very warm its going to be very soft and choices are fewer.  But the temps are right you cant get much better conditions up there right now!  The tricky part is that the forecast means nothing.  We had a relatively warm and calm day down here but at the Gaff it was very cold and windy.  In fact we couldn’t remove our helmets once we reached the open country.  Most days now you would be best to leave early and return early.  For those of you who are familiar with the Gaff, who can tell me where that gigantic boulder is in the two pictures.  Its about 20 feet high, 30 feet thick and stands alone.  I always stop there when in the area because it is so interesting as it never has snow around its base and usually the machine would be 10 feet up rather than the 6 feet as shown.  The first person to get it right on FB gets a rafting pass.  The hint is in the above write-up.