A choice of 5 or 6 hikes were offered each day from camp. Each day hike was led by a volunteer leader. Hikers were prepared to hike over rough trails (many above the tree line) for 5 to 25 km per day with elevation gains of 200 to 1000 meters. Hike times averaged 6 to 7 hours per day including stops.
Camp life provided an interesting contrast to the peacefulness of the trail. Meal times in the dining tent were happy, noisy affairs. The camaraderie continued around the evening campfire where a description of hikes planned for the following day were given. It was also a time for singing, recounting of the day’s events and telling of tall tales.
Topographical Map References:
Gem Trek maps:
- Bow Lake & Saskatchewan Crossing, Scale 1:70,000
Shown below is a topographical map from the Government of Canada’s GeoGratis service (used under license). Click on the map to see a larger image.