Saturday, May 23, 2009
The Galena Trail runs along the old K&S Railway bed that used to connect Nakusp and New Denver to the mining town of Sandon. Trail-builders created a unique solution to the problem of bridging Carpenter Creek, the old rail bridge having long since collapsed. This self-powered cable car spans the creek. It fits two or three people at a time. First you pull it up to the platform on your side and anchor it with a metal hook. Then you clamber in, unhook it and enjoy the whoosh as gravity takes you down to the middle of the creek. Then you hand-over-hand haul yourselves to the far side, hook on, clamber out, and release the car to the middle of the rope for the next travellers.