View from the Svoboda Bike Trails

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Did a nice evening hike up the Svoboda Mountain Bike Trails last night. The Log Jam trail opens up to logged clearing that was buzzing with insects and bluebirds.

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Pulpit Rock

There was no question. Our first hike in the West Kootenay was going to be the Nelson classic: Pulpit Rock. With epic views of the city and a trailhead just across the lake, it was the obvious choice for a sunny weekend morning.

SUMMARY

Map: Pulpit Rock Trail Network

Trailhead: Johnstone Road, Nelson

Distance, Round Trip: 3.6km to Pulpit Rock, 2.2km extra to Flagpole and back

Elevation: +338m to Pulpit Rock, +317m beyond to Flagpole

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Kootenay Calling

The car was stuck. I was stuck. Almost at the top of the hill, the engine had stalled against the weight of the uHaul trailer and the steep slope of the road. Foot hard on the brakes, I turned the key again and tried to get it going. Clutch in, clutch out, gas in, e-brake down, more gas. The engine revved loudly and black smoke began to drift from under the hood. Oh.

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