Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Getting close to the mouth of the Walbran after about a two day hike from the bridge. You can see on the massive Cedar log across the creek some drift wood left there by the winter floods that show how high the water gets, that has to be over 25 feet. Not sure how many people have made this hike, beautiful canyon, big trees, and sculpted rocks. August 1999. photo peter

Friday, December 3, 2010

Check out this Walbran related blog.
Picture of the first arrest, Faith Macfarlane getting arrested for contempt of court for blockading access into the Walbran Valley. On the 24th july 1991. That could be the date to have a reunion this coming summer, 24th July 2011. Anyone have any opinions on this, a time to camp out and sing a few songs or.....

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A few kilometres downstream from Anderson is Foetus lake, a difficult place to hike too but beautiful. again there trees around there are huge. We made it there one summer, the lake was filled with lily pads and the air with dragon flies. Thanks to philip hoen for the photo

An ariel view of Anderson Lake, the spruce and cedar trees there are so huge it makes the lake look small. There is also extensive flood plains around the lake which has caused problems for people camping. The haddon main line was heading towards this before it was stopped. Thanks to philip hoen for the photo.

One of the first kitchens at the blockade just across the bridge and beside the walbran creek. It had to be moved as the creek rose in some heavy summer rain and nearly washed it all away. The organisational structure of the direct action camp was in-powering it was very 'do-it-youself' or ' do-ito-ourselves'. To quote anarchist author Colin Ward " They organise in loosely associated groups which are voluntary, functional, temporary and small. They depend, not on membership cards, votes, a special leadership and a herd of inactive follwers but on small, functional groups which ebb and flow and regroup, according to the task in hand.They are networks, not pyramids". Thanks to Phillip Hoen for the photo
Another view of the log over the cliff blockade. If the log had been just a bit longer it would have been out of reach of the police. Thanks to phillip hoen for the photo.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The remains of the platform after the shit covered tree sitter had escaped, the loggers had cut it into small pieces. Later that year i walked the cut block that he was trying to prevent and we found the stump of a massive Red cedar. We measured it out at over 20' in diameter with about 100 plus rings per foot.

The infamous tree sit, where as the cops and loggers moved in to remove it with a crane, the sitter stripped naked and from his shit bucket scooped out hand fulls and covered himself in his own shit, taunting the cops to now come get him. As they lowered the platform down, he cut his safety line and holding one end jumped of the platform, 30' from the ground swung over the heads of the police and loggers crashed into the trees and took of running eluding pursuit and living to tell the tale. He was quoted as saying ' I used my own personal mountie deterrent'. This tactic caused a lot of debate, most of it negative, it was an extreme thing to do but I walked the clearcut that this platform tried to stop and in it we found a Cedar stump 20' in diameter, counting the rings we worked out it was close to 1200 years old! September 1991.

'Graple yarder that grapled more than it could graple'
Pencel drawing done by jon in 1991. Just a reminder if you click on any of these images they'll get bigger. Thanks to Bee for saving that one and passing it on.