Turns out just getting up the valley would by a challenge as the snow was about a meter deep and more than a few brave souls with more rubber, winches and tow ropes than I have were having their fair share of adventure trying to get into the upper reaches of the river.
Turns out as i had gotten a few kms up the gravel road (wit was a two tire track in the snow) I got stopped by two Jeeps who were trying to get themselves unstuck. Slowing down didn't do me any good and I found myself high centered and breaking out the shovel. Thankfully only about 25 minutes of digging followed by 4x4 in low first gear, some tricky back and forth rocking and about 40 micro turns got me facing back towards getting out of there.
I decided to leave the road for the snow mobiles and the go for broke 4x4 afficianadoes who had more cash than I had to repair their vehicles or get a tow. One poor fellow was there with a friend and they decided to forge on up in the hopes of retrieving his pickup which had been stuck up past the 20 km mark for the last two weeks.
Winter, cold, sunshine, frost angels, a life retrieved.....and fish that could be outwitted some time in the future.....could it get much better?