Went to my grandfather's funeral in Vernon this morning, then back to the apartment for a couple hours to settle down emotionally - then off to write my Calculus exam at 6:00 in the evening. Not a great day, but went fairly well all things considered.
On another note, we just got confirmation that Sage is hosting BC orienteering champs in Revelstoke in 2018!!!!! I was working on the maps starting last year, and will be finishing them up this year.https://sage.whyjustrun.ca/events/view/3213
Here is a link to the event page, make sure you save the date - this terrain is excellent! A few map samples there, and one photo from the terrain. I couldn't find any that I'd taken of downtown Revelstoke (aside, Bart, if you read my log please send me a good picture if you have a chance!) The forest map has section reminiscent of Black Magic in Whistler, other parts of far more rolling hills with cliffs.
Most interior BC forest that are this wet (Kamloops and Okanagan are dry and therefore white) are fairly green (like around Salmon Arm), but MacPherson has a couple of things going for its "whiteness".
1. Around 100 years ago, massive forest fire swept through - destroyed pretty much everything (a few ancient charred stumps still left, but not many), so no fallen logs on most of the map, and most of the trees are fairly old growth. This means shading of forest floor and limited undergrowth
2. Limited logging - we lost a few mappable sections on the upper parts of the hill, but not too bad at all - mostly the steep hillside sections.
3. A couple areas of demonstration forest, where the government has sent crews in and systematically removed all potential forest fire fuel - so no logs on the ground, no low branches, no anything - just pristine white.