Gatineau Trail Info Warning

Gatineau Trail Info Warning

Post by Rod » Sat, 26 Jan 2002 11:03:54


If anyone is planning on doing some sleding in the Gatineau DO NOT take the
315 north between the Val-Des-Mont/Perkins turn-off and the next trail
intersection north of there.  The trail is great and freshly groomed but
there is a bog or marsh in the middle of the trail about 10 km up from the
Val-Des-Mont/Perkins turn-off that is unpassable.  I ventured onto it last
night thinking it was a section the groomer had scraped down to the ground.
About 10 ft in I sunk in 1-1/2 feet of water/goop.  Me and a buddy who was
on my other sled worked for 3-1/2 hours last night (much of it with me up to
my crotch in water) with only partial success.  We got the back end up out
of the water but the front end was still partially submerged.  We had to
give up for the night.  I went back up today with a guy from the club who
had an Argo (8 wheels/tracked vehicle with a 2000 lb winch) and it took us
another 2 hours (5 with travel time), much of it with me in the water again
but this time with cheast waders and long *** gloves, to get the sled
out.  Started up OK (carbs were never submerged) and once we got the track
unfrozen it ran well until I think some of the steam coming of the pipes and
stuff iced up the carbs.  Then it would run for a few km and then it would
loose power and I'd have to stop for a few minutes and then get a few more
km's out of it. Long ride back!!  Will be able to check it out better
tomorrow and see if it was the carbs or possibly an electrical problem.  We
marked that bog but apparently there may have been a couple of others where
the groomer broke through.  It was bad enough that they are closing that
section of trail completely.  It was supposed to have been marked already
before we got into trouble which may be why the club put extra effort into
helping me out.

Anyway, happy (and safe) sledding!!

Rod

 
 
 

Gatineau Trail Info Warning

Post by spark » Sat, 26 Jan 2002 11:59:24

Did you put any warning signs up?

Quote:

> If anyone is planning on doing some sleding in the Gatineau DO NOT take
the
> 315 north between the Val-Des-Mont/Perkins turn-off and the next trail
> intersection north of there.  The trail is great and freshly groomed but
> there is a bog or marsh in the middle of the trail about 10 km up from the
> Val-Des-Mont/Perkins turn-off that is unpassable.  I ventured onto it last
> night thinking it was a section the groomer had scraped down to the
ground.
> About 10 ft in I sunk in 1-1/2 feet of water/goop.  Me and a buddy who was
> on my other sled worked for 3-1/2 hours last night (much of it with me up
to
> my crotch in water) with only partial success.  We got the back end up out
> of the water but the front end was still partially submerged.  We had to
> give up for the night.  I went back up today with a guy from the club who
> had an Argo (8 wheels/tracked vehicle with a 2000 lb winch) and it took us
> another 2 hours (5 with travel time), much of it with me in the water
again
> but this time with cheast waders and long *** gloves, to get the sled
> out.  Started up OK (carbs were never submerged) and once we got the track
> unfrozen it ran well until I think some of the steam coming of the pipes
and
> stuff iced up the carbs.  Then it would run for a few km and then it would
> loose power and I'd have to stop for a few minutes and then get a few more
> km's out of it. Long ride back!!  Will be able to check it out better
> tomorrow and see if it was the carbs or possibly an electrical problem.
We
> marked that bog but apparently there may have been a couple of others
where
> the groomer broke through.  It was bad enough that they are closing that
> section of trail completely.  It was supposed to have been marked already
> before we got into trouble which may be why the club put extra effort into
> helping me out.

> Anyway, happy (and safe) sledding!!

> Rod


 
 
 

Gatineau Trail Info Warning

Post by Vincent Charro » Sat, 26 Jan 2002 12:05:28

Rod said:
Quote:
> " It was bad enough that they are closing that
> section of trail completely.


 
 
 

Gatineau Trail Info Warning

Post by YamahaSX70 » Sat, 26 Jan 2002 15:03:01

Thanks for the warning..

Also, for those of you who are going to Luskville area, the trail also look
beautifully groomed etc,

My buddy lost his sled over  a small cliff on the side of the mountain we
were riding cause the trail got so narrow
and he was going a little too fast, only about a 15-20 foot drop, but still,
it took us about an hour to haul it back up,
pretty much all the trails everywhere are hurting cause of the lack of snow.

Morley

Quote:

> If anyone is planning on doing some sleding in the Gatineau DO NOT take
the
> 315 north between the Val-Des-Mont/Perkins turn-off and the next trail
> intersection north of there.  The trail is great and freshly groomed but
> there is a bog or marsh in the middle of the trail about 10 km up from the
> Val-Des-Mont/Perkins turn-off that is unpassable.  I ventured onto it last
> night thinking it was a section the groomer had scraped down to the
ground.
> About 10 ft in I sunk in 1-1/2 feet of water/goop.  Me and a buddy who was
> on my other sled worked for 3-1/2 hours last night (much of it with me up
to
> my crotch in water) with only partial success.  We got the back end up out
> of the water but the front end was still partially submerged.  We had to
> give up for the night.  I went back up today with a guy from the club who
> had an Argo (8 wheels/tracked vehicle with a 2000 lb winch) and it took us
> another 2 hours (5 with travel time), much of it with me in the water
again
> but this time with cheast waders and long *** gloves, to get the sled
> out.  Started up OK (carbs were never submerged) and once we got the track
> unfrozen it ran well until I think some of the steam coming of the pipes
and
> stuff iced up the carbs.  Then it would run for a few km and then it would
> loose power and I'd have to stop for a few minutes and then get a few more
> km's out of it. Long ride back!!  Will be able to check it out better
> tomorrow and see if it was the carbs or possibly an electrical problem.
We
> marked that bog but apparently there may have been a couple of others
where
> the groomer broke through.  It was bad enough that they are closing that
> section of trail completely.  It was supposed to have been marked already
> before we got into trouble which may be why the club put extra effort into
> helping me out.

> Anyway, happy (and safe) sledding!!

> Rod

 
 
 

Gatineau Trail Info Warning

Post by Rod » Sun, 27 Jan 2002 10:31:47

Yes, before we left we put yellow "trail closed" tape across the trail at
both ends (even finding a dry route to walk to the other end was a problem
so it was impassible by snowmobile) of the bog but there may have been more
bogs further up the trail.  The night it happened we figured my Mach Z
sticking out of the ice would be warning enough.  Also a couple of guys we
met on the trail coming back the first night (we warned them) went up and
put some logs across the trail.

 Rod

Quote:

>Did you put any warning signs up?




Quote:
>> If anyone is planning on doing some sleding in the Gatineau DO NOT take
>the
>> 315 north between the Val-Des-Mont/Perkins turn-off and the next trail
>> intersection north of there.  The trail is great and freshly groomed but
>> there is a bog or marsh in the middle of the trail about 10 km up from
the
>> Val-Des-Mont/Perkins turn-off that is unpassable.  I ventured onto it
last
>> night thinking it was a section the groomer had scraped down to the
>ground.
>> About 10 ft in I sunk in 1-1/2 feet of water/goop.  Me and a buddy who
was
>> on my other sled worked for 3-1/2 hours last night (much of it with me up
>to
>> my crotch in water) with only partial success.  We got the back end up
out
>> of the water but the front end was still partially submerged.  We had to
>> give up for the night.  I went back up today with a guy from the club who
>> had an Argo (8 wheels/tracked vehicle with a 2000 lb winch) and it took
us
>> another 2 hours (5 with travel time), much of it with me in the water
>again
>> but this time with cheast waders and long *** gloves, to get the sled
>> out.  Started up OK (carbs were never submerged) and once we got the
track
>> unfrozen it ran well until I think some of the steam coming of the pipes
>and
>> stuff iced up the carbs.  Then it would run for a few km and then it
would
>> loose power and I'd have to stop for a few minutes and then get a few
more
>> km's out of it. Long ride back!!  Will be able to check it out better
>> tomorrow and see if it was the carbs or possibly an electrical problem.
>We
>> marked that bog but apparently there may have been a couple of others
>where
>> the groomer broke through.  It was bad enough that they are closing that
>> section of trail completely.  It was supposed to have been marked already
>> before we got into trouble which may be why the club put extra effort
into
>> helping me out.

>> Anyway, happy (and safe) sledding!!

>> Rod