12-Jul-2003 -- Once again our trip to find this confluence began with a drive to Fort St. James. A 2 hour trip when you figure in a visit to Tim’s for coffee. However this time instead of heading north up the Germansen Forest Service Road (FSR), we took a left turn at the Tachie Hwy. The turn off for this road is located a few miles north of Fort St. James, right after you cross over the BCR line.
We followed the Tachie Hwy for about twenty minutes, to the Leo Creek FSR. From there we traveled the Leo Creek road for 46 Km, past Kazchek lake and the Inzana FSR. About 1/2 mile north of the Inzana FSR we turned left onto an unmarked road. The GPS indicated that we were almost on top of 55 degrees north and a few kilometers from the confluence. This road took us past a Tree planters camp with their tents spread out through out the forest, and their co-ed showers sitting on the side of the road. Over the next few km we traveled through a clear cut. It looked liked the confluence was going to be located in the middle of a clear cut. At least it should be easy walking.
After we traveled about 4 km from the Leo Creek FSR, we came across a sign which said the road was deactivated. This, as usual, didn’t deter our resolve, and we continued on down the road through 3 small ditches until we were within 700 feet of the confluence. From here we were going to have to walk. To our relief the confluence was in an area which had not been logged.
The walk through the forest was fairly slow as there was abundant underbrush and a patch work of dead fall. Of course, being a warm day, the bugs were out to guide our way.
The confluence turned out to be in the middle of a small hollow with small hills on all sides. Elevation was 2925 feet. While I was able to maintain a reading on the GPS the whole time, the forest canopy meant I was constantly changing satellites every time I moved. Getting a screen full of zeros took a lot of dancing.
The total time from leaving the truck, locating the confluence and getting back on the road was less than one hour. This turned out to be the easiest confluence we had found.
Seeing as we still had lots of day light left we headed down the road to find