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PostPosted: September 26th, 2018, 3:50 pm 
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We paddled the lower Thlewiaza this summer and stopped to look at the "gravestone" on a lake along the river downstream of Edehon Lake. We first read of the gravestone in a trip report from 2004, I think, and other travelers on the river have noted it. It is on an island in beautiful country, and it reads: " Here Lies Wilderness XXI". The last is taken as 2001, we reckon. The stone looks to be from country rock and is well crafted. We can find no other backstory. It is haunting. Can anyone provide more of this story? Thanks, Ray


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PostPosted: September 26th, 2018, 4:34 pm 
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Looks like MMI, not XXI, so 2001. Edit: ah I see you got that...but i will let this stand anyway (like the mysterious stone...)

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 Post subject: Re: Thlewiaza gravestone
PostPosted: September 26th, 2018, 7:27 pm 
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Yes, you are correct. My mistake. Ray


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PostPosted: October 5th, 2018, 10:21 pm 
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any more info on "I think, and other travelers on the river have noted it. " ??


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 Post subject: Re: Thlewiaza gravestone
PostPosted: October 8th, 2018, 1:03 pm 
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Yes, Mel Baughman paddled the river down from Seal Hole Lake in 2004 and mentions the stone in his trip report; I have a copy but don't recall which website he posted to. Chris Rush with Lee Sessions and two others paddled part of Nueltin and down the river in 2017. His report is posted at canoeing.com, and he also visited the stone. Neither Mel nor Chris indicated any backstory on the stone. Mel does say that the stone is slate... We saw similar stone along the beach.


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 Post subject: Re: Thlewiaza gravestone
PostPosted: October 8th, 2018, 10:20 pm 
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could you give some idea of its dimensions. Hard to think of it being done with a hammer and chisel. a mystery!


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 Post subject: Re: Thlewiaza gravestone
PostPosted: October 9th, 2018, 2:15 pm 
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Re Mel Baughman‘s trip report, maybe from canoeing.com.
http://canoeing.com/thlewiaza-river-summary/

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 Post subject: Re: Thlewiaza gravestone
PostPosted: October 9th, 2018, 11:10 pm 
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If I read corrrectly Mel Baughman made no reference to the slate monument.


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 Post subject: Re: Thlewiaza gravestone
PostPosted: October 10th, 2018, 12:01 pm 
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Correct, in that trip summary. What I have is a doc file of the trip log that he wrote. Can't figure out how to attach the file in total, as doc and pdf files do not seem to be allowed. I did take a screenshot of the day he reports the stone, and I think that meets the attachment limits as a jpeg file...


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 Post subject: Re: Thlewiaza gravestone
PostPosted: October 10th, 2018, 4:23 pm 
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thanks. Tried to access his log but got an error.


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 Post subject: Re: Thlewiaza gravestone
PostPosted: October 14th, 2018, 2:56 pm 
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another question. any opinion on method used to engrave stone? I doubt if canoeist did it.


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 Post subject: Re: Thlewiaza gravestone
PostPosted: October 15th, 2018, 11:46 am 
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Some decent tools and skill; not just a belt tool. If a canoeist at all, one who knows how to carve in stone and brought along tools for the opportunity... still a mystery to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Thlewiaza gravestone
PostPosted: October 15th, 2018, 10:31 pm 
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But why there? Chance? presence of raw material? I have photos of the Mason memorial on Seal. Entirely different. mystery indeed.


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 Post subject: Re: Thlewiaza gravestone
PostPosted: October 18th, 2018, 1:57 pm 
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Yep, I just don't know. The nearest sign of modern occupation is an abandoned mining exploration camp on northwest Edehon Lake, quite a few miles back upstream...


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