Marriott Basin Hike
On September 25th a group of sixteen brave Bodwell students set out to hike the Marriott Basin Trail. After a week of preparation and packing, we were ready to take the long drive north. The first night we drove to Narin Lakes to do some nice relaxed drive-in camping. We made hotdogs, and had a fire, and a nice period of relaxation before the long hike the next morning. The morning of Saturday, September 26th, we woke up to some ominous grey skies. We continued the drive from Narin Lakes to the Marriott Basin trailhead. When we got there we were greeted with a nice mix of snow flurries and hail. Even with the poor weather, the group braved on through the trail. Once we got deeper into the trail, the poor weather cleared and spirits rose! After facing a scattered log crossing over some heavy rapids, and over a kilometer of scrambling over a rock-field, we made it to the beautiful Wendy Thompson Hut. Once we arrived at the hut we settled in to a nice warm fire, made a great dinner, and prepared for the hike home.
I’d like to extend a very well deserved ‘thank-you’ to all the students and staff involved in the planning and execution of our Marriott Basin Trip. Without your time and effort, thinks like this wouldn’t be possible at Bodwell!
Reporting and photos provided by James Roche – Assistant Youth Advisor
Wendy Thompson Hut
This hut was built in the memory of Wendy Thompson –a paramedic and resident of Whistler– in 2000, after a tragic accident took her life and that of all other occupants of an air ambulance on a mercy flight off Masset on the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1995. After her unfortunate death, her husband put up the necessary funds to build the alpine hut in the Marriott Basin. Today the hut sits at an elevation of 2000M above sea level.