The Adventure Cycling Association who originally mapped out The Great Divide route also issues regular addenda from riders. One such issued in 2014 said that the route between Elkford and Sparwood was closed due to a washout from the floods. We should have taken more notice.
We had met someone who had got through last year so we thought we would give it a try as we did not fancy cycling down the road. When we passed some semi-cleared rock falls we thought we were home and dry.
When we reached the rock slide we had a choice, either ford the deep, fast flowing river in two places or edge between the mud slide and the river. We had to make about 3 trips each with our luggage before we were ready to bring the bikes across.
To get up over the rock slide we used the rope we had for hoisting our food out of the reach of bears to haul up the bikes. I hauled and Bernie pushed until the bikes were at the top. This shows Bernie climbing up the first part of the mud cliff. It took about an hour, but eventually we got around it.
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