2010 Pee Pond Bridge

By Katrina Angel (89-90)

The Pee Pond Bridge was built during Trails Weekend 1996.  The previous passage across the pond, on the Coopers Loop trail between Moore and Mislaid Lakes, was a beaver dam. However, nature was doing its work and the dam was soon to be impassable, so a new crossing was needed.  Trails Weekend, complete with many ready hands, provided the perfect opportunity for such a large-scale project.

Katina Angel checking out the deteriorated Pee Pond Bridge

Ab Morrow (75-87,92-99), Camp Ranger, had the bridge designed, and materials were ready to go.  Using the camp truck, lumber and other supplies were driven up the Hurst Lake road, along the road to Moore Lake, to the Mislaid cut-off.  From there, we carried 16-foot long stringers to the Pee Pond – not an easy task on the trail working around trees. Once we reached the Pond, we saw that a tree had fallen across the pond essentially where the bridge was to go.  A few other trees standing in the area provided opportunity for a much simpler construction.  The decision was made to drop a second tree, from the other side, and to use the two logs as the base of the bridge.  Kevin Bell, who is now the current camp ranger, had just acquired his own chainsaw, and was more than happy to put it to use. Some of those 16-foot boards were used as a frame on top of those logs, but the rest needed to be carried back out to the trucks.  One design challenge was getting onto the bridge, as the log base was fairly high off the ground.  The solution – a fully accessible wheelchair ramp!

I’ve attended many Trails Weekends, and the ’96 Bridge Build has to have been my favourite to date.  Typically, we break into groups and work on various sections of trail over the weekend, mostly clearing and flagging.  In ’96, we were all working together, which lead to the kind fraternization that has made us all love our time at HSR.   The weather also cooperated, giving us warm sunny days, warm enough to strip down to a t-shirt when working.  The evening socializing, of the kind not to be seen in HSR again (and most likely rightly so), only added to the fun. There is also a satisfaction that comes with building something solid, and big.  You can say “I built that”, where as there isn’t anything particularly awe-inspiring about “I cut back those branches and put that trail marker up”.

But time has taken its toll. Just as the previously used beaver dam rotted out, the logs that formed with base of this bridge were in the water, and also rotted with time. Inspected during Trails Weekend 2009, it was clear that the bridge would not be passable for much longer. Plans and discussions began for replacement of the bridge, including options for how to build and fund it.  By Trails 2010, a plan was in place to replace the bridge in 2011.

However, the current bridge was not expected to survive another winter’s effects. Saturday morning of Trails Weekend, a fairly large work team was sent to Pee Pond to flag a temporary trail around the pond, to bypass the bridge. The idea was to make the Coopers Loop trail to Mislaid still useable until the new bridge was completed. The team decided to spilt into two and work from opposite ends to meet in the middle.  We expected tough work creating new trail, where none has been before.  To our surprise, we found the area fairly clear and the two teams met up fairly quickly. We realized that extending the trail around the pond would only add a few minutes of hiking time, and eliminate the need for replacing bridges over time. Back at the Hub at lunch, the idea was pitched to Kevin Bell, who had final decision as Camp Director. As expected, Kevin was happy to not need to be replacing bridges every 15 or so years. A smaller work team returned to the area to create a now-permanent trail, while others moved on to other needed projects.

Tim Collier Removing the old bridge treads

When the new trail was complete, only one task remained – ensuring the bridge was fully impassable, so as not to pose a hazard to hikers who might choose a rickety bridge over a bit of a walk. As much fun as demolition is, it is still a little painful to destroy something that you had a hand in building, and that holds such warm memories. But, unless we had some way to set up a camera to capture video of people falling in the drink so that we could laugh at them, it needed to be done.  Let me tell you, pulling apart a wobbly bridge without falling off or having it collapse underneath you is not the easiest task.  We had a few close calls, but we all managed to stay above water.  In order to maintain enough structure for us to get across, we pulled off as many decking boards as deemed possible.  With the water rotting the logs and often frame from underneath, it was the structure held together by the decking boards which was holding the bridge together in many areas.  As we worked our way closer to shore, we removed more boards and frame sections.  The terminal section was completed rotted, and thus ceremoniously demolished.  The final section removed was the wheelchair ramp.  It is expected that the water freezing around what remains will complete the demolition.

Once upon a time there was a bridge....

We had a great time working on the bridge again, 14 years later.  Once again, it gave a group of us the pleasure to work together closely, and tease each other, all day long. A member of the demolition team, Jonathan Pereira (10), who had been an SIT this past summer, pointed that he was one-year old when the bridge was built.  It is amazing he remained dry, after a comment like that. The weekend gave a young’en like Jonathan, and an (apparently) old-timer like me a chance to get to know each other.  The evening socializing gave current and recent staff members and alumni additional time to hang out together. I have to thank the bridge for giving me two wonderful weekends of friendship and camaraderie. Comparing our experiences at HSR in the ‘90s to now would be like comparing apples and softballs, so it is not fair to compare the ’96 Bridge Build to recent weekends. I can say that the ’10 Bridge Demolish year will go down as my favourite Trails Weekend of the new era of HSR volunteering.

I hope to see you there in 2011.

See also the main 2010 Trails Weekend posting.


2010 Trails Weekend

The rain gods spared us this year and gave us a glorious weekend in which to revel in the fall scenery and get lots of work done.

A large contingent of alumni and current/recent staff filled the hub on Friday night, reviving the energy usually seen on warm summer nights. Except this bunch were decked out in toques and “Haliburton Dinner Jackets”, evoking the cool styling of Bob and Doug McKenzie. Joining us again this year was the 21st Waterloo Venturer Company led by Dirk Garlichs and Jay Treacy.

Saturday saw us fueling up with the hearty breakfast offerings of Jeff Lake (76-77, 06), Mark Purcell (80-84, 90-92) and other helpers in the kitchen. We thank them for keeping us going on the many kilometers of tough slogging in the bush. Kevin Bell (89-93, 05-?) didn’t waste any time putting the younger staff and alumni to work on gutting out Bayview Cabin. A visitor could have thought that there was a SARS outbreak going on, with everybody wearing N95 masks. Apparently, the accumulated debris left from staff gone by has been declared toxic by Health Canada. The rest of us divided into two groups and headed up the Hurst Lake Road.

One group led by Jamie Kissick (74-76, 88-98), Mark Daly (73-78) and Katherin Green (89) worked hard on cleaning-up and re-marking the trail leading from the Hurst Lake Pavilion towards Beaver Lake. The other group headed by Grant Lafontaine (88), Tim Collier (96-99) and Katrina Angel (89-90) traveled along Coopers Loop Trail and had their sights set on overcoming the barrier presented by the dilapidated and decaying Pee Pond bridge. In what turned out to be a fortuitous hunch, the group started bush crashing around the Pee Pond, without crossing the bridge, and found that the new route was similar in length and difficulty to the original trail. There could have been an impenetrable swamp or sheer cliff in the way, but fortunately that was not the case. This means that there is no longer a need to construct a new bridge and then maintain it over the years – saving HSRSA and the camp precious dollars that can now be spent on other needful projects. Another advantage of this route is that the decommissioned trail at the end of the old bridge can now be used as a potential campsite. The exposed rocky outcrop has good tent spots with a panoramic view of the Pee Pond lake and wetland complex. (See also the 2010 Pee Pond post.)

Saturday night was a time to slow down and gather in the Hub for some Golf and Poker games. Tim and Mark filled Warner’s musical shoes by pulling out the guitars and playing some ditties. A re-invigorated group hit the trails on Sunday morning with one crew continuing the work on the new detour around Pee Pond. The initial steep stretch of the new trail has been nicknamed “Chewie’s Climb” for reasons that may have something to do with the resemblance of the forest to Endor, or the sighting of a Wookie-like figure. With Kevin’s blessing, the Pee Pond Bridge was relegated to posterity, as planks and a stringer were removed to prevent scouts from attempting a crossing next season.


Jamie Kissick wading through the river

The other group tackled the sparsely marked Pikes Peak and JC trails. Apparently, confusing trail markings on this route have left hikers rambling in the wrong direction for hours.The work group encountered water flowing through the Gorge like a biblical flood due to upstream beaver dams having been broken up the day before. The usual way of crossing over boulders was impossible, so the only option was to wade through swift cold waters (the Jamie Kissick option), or “tight rope walk”on a large tree trunk over the raging river and Gorge below (the Venturer option). The Marines have nothing on this intrepid group (which included the Venturers). Apt future trail weekend slogans: “Be All You Can Be”, or “Others will follow, where we lead”.


Much was accomplished this year, and it wouldn’t have been possible without a good turnout of enthusiastic people.

Don’t miss Mark Daly’s beautiful 2010 Trails Weekend photos.

2009 Trails Weekend

Volunteers arriving at the re-scheduled 2009 Trails Weekend on a chilly Friday evening may have been surprised to find fellow volunteers crammed into the hub kitchen around two tables, basking in the warmth emanating from the open doors of the convection oven. Apparently having an open fireplace inside a large wooden structure (The Hub) over a wooden floor with no fire grate is no longer acceptable and with the outside temperature dipping to the low single digits, the kitchen was the place to be.

The 2009 Trails weekend saw a total work weekend crew of over 30. There were 17 trail volunteers including 2 leaders and 8 youth from the 21st Waterloo Venturer Company.  A crew of 15 volunteers including former and current staff members and 5 adults and youth members from a Lindsay Scout Group worked on camp projects, including replacing the Trapper’s Cabin roof, with Ranger Kevin, Ross and 2009 Composite Supervisor Rob Owens. Barb Hough, Jeff Lake and Mark Purcell worked hard in the kitchen all weekend keeping all nourished.

Despite the weather, which included intermittent showers, we were able to clear and mark the J.C. and Pikes Peak trails, starting with one crew from the Mill site and one from the narrows. Three Venturers had an extra long hike as they took an unintended diversion from the J.C Trail, followed the drag river to the gorge, continued along the river eventually reconnecting with the J.C. Trail and emerged along the public road serving East Bay of Drag Lake. This led to an interesting cell phone conversation between the three youth and their Venturer advisor and an unplanned drive out of camp to pick up the three walking along the road back from East Bay.

On Saturday afternoon, the crew replaced the decking on the small footbridge on the Pikes Peak trail immediately south of the gorge.

On Sunday morning, the Venturers helped with some camp chores and Ian Hancock (04-09)Katrina Angel (89-90) Warner Clarke (66-70) went to check out Trail conditions on Coopers Loop and also the Gibson Trail between Hurst and High Falls. We determined that the footbridge at the Pee Pond (between Moore and Mislaid lakes) is no longer useable.  We also noted that the water level at Hurst Lake was quite high such that portions of the Gibson Trail towards the west end of the Hurst Lake was under water.

Immediate priorities include:

  • the possibility of replacing the Pee Pond bridge with a floating bridge in the spring
  • Feasibility of realigning the Gibson Trail at the west end of Hurst Lake
  • Revising camp trail maps to include the now marked trail section that links the J.C. Trail with the Pikes Peak Trail at the gorge.

Special thanks to all the volunteers:

Trails crew: Katrina Angel, Warner Clarke, Mark Daly, Ian Hancock, Bill Mansfield*, Monica Nelson*, Leslie Rose*, 21st Waterloo Venturer Company.

Camp projects: Sal Alberti, Steve Coyle, Paul Daly, Grace Evers, Catherine Hough, Dean Janowski, Shane Manthau, Ben Schneider, Emily Simmons, Spencer Sleep and the 5 members of the Lindsay Scout group.

Kitchen Crew: Barb Hough, Jeff Lake and Mark Purcell

* Scout parents—91st Toronto

2008 Trail Weekend

This year’s trails weekend was a great success with a number of projects that had been identified at the 2007 weekend successfully completed.

JC Trail—Drag Lake section – The trail has been impassable for several years because of the combined effect of a logging and severe weather. The greatest obstacle was the great number of trees that had been blown down and covered the bottom of the valley between the road and the campsite. Over the weekend, a new trail route was flagged, cleared and marked. The new trail route goes around the valley, although slightly longer, provides and easier grade up and down the height of land bordering the valley.

The JC Trail from the road north east to Mislaid Lake was also cleared and re-marked.

GT—High Falls section – Volunteers restored the bridging that supported the trail sections over Bartley Beaver dam. Trail markings were improved.

Pikes Peak Trail – Trail improvements were made at both the gorge and the Minnie Lake ends of the Pikes Peak trail. Retired rappelling cliff ropes were used to establish hand holds for climbing or descending the gorge and the Minnie Lake end of the trail. This will not only improve the ease and safety of the two ends of the Pikes Peal ascent/descent but should slow down the erosion of the soil at these points and provide a better alternative hand hold to the trees beside the trail, particularly at the gorge end.

The weekend’s work crew consisted of 2008 staff members Rob Owens, Jamie Simmons, Steve Coyle, Ana Maria Jaimes, Anna Walas, Andrew Mecke, J.T. Pickering, Emily Simmons, Catherine Hough, Sal Alberti, Alumni members Grant Lafontaine (Trails Chiar) Dean Janowski, Katherin Green, Jeff Lake, Barbara Hough, Mark Purcell and Warner Clarke, plus guest volunteers, Beth Hoen, Monica Nelson, Bill Mansfield and Graham Mansfield.

Mark and Jeff kept us all well fed during the weekend. Rob organized an extreme monopoly tournament and Bill, Graham, Beth and Warner provided some evening tunes.

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2007 Trails Weekend

by Grant Lafontaine (88) and Warner Clarke (66-70)

How sweet it is to plan a Trails Weekend and have it fall on the most gorgeous weekend of the fall. Hoo- wee!

A small but enthusiastic group gathered up at the camp to complete some trail maintenance on the camp hiking trails. After a fine high carb Saturday breakfast courtesy of Mark Purcell (80-84, 90-92) and Jeff Lake (76-77, 06), four of us, Warner Clarke (66-70), Beth Hoen, Barb Hough (02-03, 05-07) and Richard Pengelly (88) drove up to Hurst Lake in Grant Lafontaine (88)‘s new Jeep. We followed Cooper’s Loop west past Beaver Lake to North Lake. We noted that the path across the old Beaver dam at the east end of Beaver Lake could benefit from constructing a walkway to avoid major damage to the dam and muddy shoes. This could be a good future Trails weekend project.

The Trail to North Lake was in fairly good shape and required just some minor clearing and re-routing around large tree falls. From North Lake to Mislaid the trail was generally clear as well, with only minor maintenance required on this section.

At Mislaid Lake, Grant took off back towards Moore Lake with the intention of hiking quickly up the Hurst Lake road to retrieve the jeep and drive back to meet the rest of the Trails crew at Moore Lake. The Trail crew walked at a slower pace removing deadfall from the trail and rerouting sections that were less passable.

This route was also in pretty good shape. At Pea Pond, we noted that some bridge maintenance is needed and should be undertaken as early next year as feasible. Because of the proximity to Moore Lake and reasonable 4 wheel drive access, a late spring project could be undertaken.

We inspected the Moore Lake campsites. Warner reported that they were as pretty as ever.

From Moore Lake we walked a short distance along the road to meet up with Grant who was having a great time experimenting with his Jeep in low range & 4 wheel drive. Warner informed him that the road was graded frequently in the 1960’s.

We returned to the hub for a great (late) lunch and planned the afternoon hike. Barb got recruited for other duties and Beth begged off, having brought work with her on the weekend-the life of a self-employed person on a deadline.

We drove the RV (Howard to those on a first named basis) out along the Kennaway Road past the Mill site to the beginning of the Pikes Peak trail. Beth drove the RV back along the Kennaway road, parking it at the entrance to the Hurst Lake road where she resumed working on her project.

Grant, Richard and Warner walked down the trail to the Gorge and crossed the Gorge. We noted that the first assent on the opposite side of the Gorge is challenging and most of the limited amount of soil has eroded away from years of scrambling up this section. This short section of the trail could be improved with the addition of some ropes for handholds, and may be a reasonable use for sections of climbing rope that can no longer be used at the rappelling site.

It was regrettable that we were camera-less at the summit of Pike’s Peak as the view was absolutely perfect, with fall colours just beginning to assert themselves in the forest below. We descended the north side. Like the south face, the last few meters is quite challenging. There is not any obvious better route, although it may be worth revisiting, or, like the south face, consider putting in some ropes for handholds.

The J.C. trail along the edge of Minnie required some re-alignment and cutting due to some major tree falls. We followed the J.C. trail back to narrows and returned up the Hurst Lake road to the Kennaway Road to Beth and the RV. Whereupon it was back to the Hub to clean up, have a dinner of Dijon Chicken and a campfire of sorts in the hub. Beth and Warner contributed tunes into the evening.

Sunday morning, we decided to tackle the JC Trail section between Blueberry Road and the Drag Lake Campsite. Fueled with yet another high carb breakfast, we used Howard the RV again , drove out the Kennaway road to the East Bay road and found a pull off adjacent to where the JC Trail from Mislaid Lake crosses the Blueberry Road.

We crossed the road and were immediately into some serious trail repair. The section of trail uphill from the road is heavily disturbed through a combination of logging slash and significant windfall that was the result of several microbursts in 2006.

We completed some clearing and re-aligning of the trail and then emerged onto a logging access road that had been cut along the top of the first ridge.

Once across this new clearing we proceeded to the edge of valley where the JC Trail would normally, though steeply descend en route to the campsite. The destruction, primarily in this section due to the microbursts was very significant. The wall of the valley was virtually impassable. From the top of the valley, we could see that the bottom of the valley was now filled with horizontal tree trunks.

We descended halfway down the valley and looked at the trail from the perspective of a troop of scouts. Our analysis was that major clearing, possibly aided by chainsaws would be necessary to recreate a trail in this section. We ascended to the top of the first ridge again and followed the new lumber access road west. We concluded that it may be possible to reroute the JC trail along this new right-of-way, bypassing the valley and accessing the camp by a less direct, but potentially easier trail. Some further analysis using some topographical maps and perhaps a GPS, may yield a good route and an excellent 2008 Trails project.

We beat a hasty retreat back to the RV. Beth powered up her computer to complete her project and Grant, Richard and Warner checked out the trail markings on the JC trails from the Blueberry Road north towards Mislaid Lake. The entrance to the JC trail at Blueberry road is currently blocked by a large fallen tree and will require chain saw or much effort with bow saws to remove.

Because part of the JC Trail towards Mislaid Lake now runs parallel to an access road to a private cabin, some improved marking will be required for the trail, or the JC Trail could share this right of way for part of the trail to Mislaid.

We headed back to the Hub for a final lunch and to consider what Trail Projects could be undertaken in 2008. Our list contains the following unprioritized tasks.

  • Improve Coopers Loop Trail at Beaver Lake Dam – possible construction of bridge/walk way
  • Maintenance work on Coopers Loop Pea Pond bridge
  • Improve Pikes Peak Trail – install hand rail/rope from Gorge on the south face ascent/descent
  • Improve Pikes Peak Trail – install hand rail/rope at north face ascent/descent or consider reconfiguration of trail at the junction of the PP and JC Trail at their junction
  • Re-align and remark JC Trail from Blueberry road to Drag Lake campsite
  • Re-align and remark JC Trail from Blueberry road north to junction of old JC Trail and access road

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2006 Trails Weekend

By Grant Lafontaine (88) Trails Chair

Alumni members joined forces with camp staff for a joint mix-fix/maintenance weekend September 29—October 1, 2006.

Friday evening included a campfire in the Hub with Tim  Collier (96-99), Warner Clarke (66-70) and Beth Hoen providing tunes and 2006 Camp Director Kevin Bell (89-93, 05-06) dealing poker.

Trail maintenance this spring year focused on three tasks:

  1. Clearing trails of debris caused by tree falls, including sections affected by the August windstorm/tornado,
  2. Re-routing the trail through areas affected by significant tree falls or logging activity, and
  3. Replacing and adding new trail markers.

The rain held off Saturday morning as the joint crew chowed down to oatmeal, sausage patties and waffles.

The trails team’s morning project was to clear, re-align and mark the Pike’s Peak Trail from the camp road back through the Mill site to Kennabi Falls.

We returned to the hub for a pasta and meatball lunch and took on the afternoon task of clearing and marking Cooper’s Loop from Hurst Lake to North Lake in more damp conditions.

Saturday evening featured a steak supper followed by more tunes by the fireplace courtesy of Tim Collier.

Sunday morning, work continued on Cooper’s Loop from Mislaid Lake to North Lake. As a result of logging activities and years since the last maintenance on Cooper’s Loop, there was a lot to be done on the Mislaid to North Lake section. The Cooper’s Loop is now re-established and accessible for troops for use next summer.  As well, portions of Dobson’s Trail, Pikes Peak and Lost Lake trails were re-marked on Sunday.

Thanks to all who came out to work for both the trails weekend and the mix fix. Special appreciation for Jeff Lake (76-77, 06) and Mark Purcell (80-84,90-92) for their work in the kitchen.

We hope to see new faces at the next Trails Weekend.

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2005 Trails Weekend

We had a successful fall trails weekend in September, with good weather and a small but enthusiastic group.  Efforts were focused on the Cooper’s Loop (CL) from Hurst Lake to Beaver Lake which is now in excellent condition.  The section of Cooper’s Loop between Beaver, North and Mislaid Lakes is mostly lost in overgrown vegetation and logging slash.  If we get a good turnout from the alumni in the next couple of Trails weekends, we could return CL loop to hikeable condition for future Scout Troops to enjoy.  North Lake has the potential to be an excellent site for out-trip camping if only Troops could get to it.

After working hard we relaxed with a game of Kennabi Trivial Pursuit.  Jeff Lake (76-77) and Mark Purcell (80-84,90-92) put us all to shame with their knowledge of HSR trivia by racing around the lake and reaching the Hub first.

Thanks to everyone who came out.

2004 Trails Weekend

Trails Weekend was held this year on September 25 and 26, 2004. We had a good turn out for this event.  The weather was fantastic and we all enjoyed the fall colours. Many thanks to those who were able to attend this year including Heather Gillies, Peter Aspery, Jeff Lake, Dave/Robby/Victoria and Nelly Ashworth,Grant Lafontaine (and his fiancée Terri), Tim Collier, Tom Smith, Andrew Gough, Derek Monderman and myself.

We were able to get out and cover many of the trails, including Lost Lake, Hurst Lake, Pikes Peak, High Falls, Dobson Trail, the JC and Coopers Loop.

Saturday night found us all at The Hub with everyone participating in the Annual Alumni Euchre Tournament. Congratulations to the winners – Heather and Peter! Will they continue their reign?

Sunday we were able to help the Ranger with repairs to the waterfront – hub stairs that have been damaged by erosion.  Then we had lunch and packed up. The excitement of the afternoon came when Andrew Gough, ignoring the strange sounds his truck was making tried to head home – only his driver side front tire had other ideas! CAA to the rescue, and a few hours later, everyone was headed safely home. So in the future please maintain your vehicle before arriving at camp!

Look for our next Trails date in the spring and we hope to see you there! We are looking for people with their Chainsaw Certificates to help out on the trails.

2001 Trails Weekend

Once again this year many alumni members descended on HSR for a fun-filled, fall weekend in the woods.  There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and not a bug to be found – what a way to start the weekend!  Some groups hit the trails like warriors ready to clear almost any obstacle, other groups went on a recovery mission at Camp Gay Venture and others started painting up a storm around camp.  All of us had a mission.

As the day progressed every trail was walked and cleared, Hurst cabin was painted and a few new things were acquired.  Everyone had a chance to stop and enjoy the beautiful colours of fall as well as catch up on old times with friends.  Once diner time rolled around everyone was tired from a hard day of work.  After diner was over we all were able to enjoy a great fire supplied to us by ranger Keith.

On Sunday, after a bit of work at HSR and Gay Venture, we all realized we had to head home back to the grind of everyday life.  I know I wasn’t the only one wondering when I could come back to this place we all love so much.

Thanks to everyone who attended for making Trails Weekend 2001 a success:

Allan Haley, Alicia Bell, Kevin Bell, Alex Ling, Giles Alder, Sarah Parks, Lauren Therien, Heather Gillies, Katherine Green, Rob Carson, Ross Harrington, Fraser Newberry, Tim Duffin, John Stephens, Matt Cutler, Tyler Philp, Scott Turner, John McViegh, Jeremy Debling, Father Debling, Mark Burns, Mark Purcell, Jeff Lake, Dave Taylor, Matt Evans, Julie, Jeff Dowding, Andrew Gough, Christine Long, Nathan Fry, Angela Eo, Keith Whiten.

Special thanks to Mark and Jeff for cooking all our great meals and keeping us going! See you all next year!

1999 Trails Weekend

Once again, Trails Weekend was a fun-filled work weekend at HSR. There was plenty of time for us to tell a few stories and reminisce of the good old days (some more recent than others) and ask “so what’s that guy doing now”. But when the crack of dawn hit, everyone was saying “not already” and headed off to work. The work teams then hit the trails, cutting, pruning and swishing their way through the woods. Despite the occasional downpour, when it was all said and done almost all 30 km of trails were covered and a well deserved “beverage” was had. As well as working on the trails we helped pack up the kitchen and store for Shirley.

I would like to thank everyone for coming and making my first trails weekend as Trails Chair a great one.

In attendence: Andrew Abbink (93-94), Giles Alder (89-91,99) & Alex, Katrina Angel (89-90), Alicia Bell (92-93), Kevin Bell (89-93), Mark Burns (84-88), Dave Chipollone (93-96), Jeff Dowding (96-98), Ty Draper (98-99), Heather Eggleton (99), Matt Evans (93-97), Rob Fleming (82-84,86) & Mike, Heather Gilies (88-89), Andrew Gough (95-99), Katherin Green (89), Allan Haley (97-99), Jeff Lake (76-77), Gord McLean (95-98) & Lauren, John McVeigh (98-99), Tara Neal (90) & Simon, Sarah Parks (98-99), Mark Purcell (80-84, 90-92), Colin Quin (95-98), Sean Stephenson (99), Geoff Vaughan (99), Duff Warren (94-95), Ab & Barb Morrow (75-87, 92-99), Dave Randle (98-99), Shirley Whitwell (81-99)