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Great find, Norseman. Clayton was a legend here on the West Coast. I think Thomas may have met him back in the day, I'll have to ask him about that. I'll probably see Thomas and the rest of the crew on New Years Day, as we have a little family campfire outing planned, if it's not bucketing rain.

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My great grandmother from Gold Bar, Wa married a man from Bella Coola, BC. 

 

He probably knew him. But its too late to ask now.

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Huntster

I’ll bet that very few (if any) of the folks on this forum have been to Bella Coola.

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langfordbc
50 minutes ago, Huntster said:

I’ll bet that very few (if any) of the folks on this forum have been to Bella Coola.

I have. Beautiful area. The drive from Williams Lake to Bella Coola is an amazing drive through rugged ranch country then down through the coastal mountains into the Bella Coola valley. Great post, Norseman.

 

Clayton's books (written by his doctor): "Grizzlies and White Guys" and "Bella Coola Man", are two of my all time favourites. Grizzlies and White Guys is mostly about stories when he was a Grizzly hunting guide. I've read it at least half a dozen times. I probably have 10 books on the people and area of Bella Coola. 

 

I doubt many people own this one:

 

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MikeZimmer
1 hour ago, Huntster said:

I’ll bet that very few (if any) of the folks on this forum have been to Bella Coola.

 

453 kilometres from Williams Lake to Bella Coola. Appears to be a winding road through the coast mountains. I have been to Williams Lake, but it is still a full day to Bella Coola. Williams Lake is a day's drive from Vancouver BC, 519 kilometre. There are also long and expensive ferry trips, at least in summer, from northern Vancouver island. The trip is on my bucket list.

 

Map:

 

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Williams+Lake/Bella+Coola/@52.2021073,-126.6833922,7z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x5380a35be20a5c35:0x50135152a7b2200!2m2!1d-122.1416885!2d52.1416736!1m5!1m1!1s0x547a797770abbf4f:0xbd5a034a058400bf!2m2!1d-126.7539346!2d52.3721277

 

 

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Vancouver,+British+Columbia/Williams+Lake/@50.5695039,-124.5200038,7z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x548673f143a94fb3:0xbb9196ea9b81f38b!2m2!1d-123.1207375!2d49.2827291!1m5!1m1!1s0x5380a35be20a5c35:0x50135152a7b2200!2m2!1d-122.1416885!2d52.1416736!3e0

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I've only been as far west from Williams lake as Anahim Lake, and that was 20 years ago. I do have an old highschool classmate who has lived in Bella Coola since we graduated in the early 60s. He's been a commercial fisherman out of that port virtually all his adult life, and we still correspond via facebook regularly, and occasionally in person when he ventures down here to the "Big Smoke". I don't know if his time there overlapped with Clayton's or not, but I'll ask him the next time we make contact.

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MIB

Thanks.  I'll watch that later.   Ironically, I just finished Clayton Mack's "Grizzly Bears and White Guys" chapter on sasquatch last night.    Good book.   Couple chapters to go.

 

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Huntster

I drive to Bella Coola in 1976 as a side trip on my way to Alaska. It was a great adventure!

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Old Dog
20 hours ago, BC witness said:

Great find, Norseman. Clayton was a legend here on the West Coast. I think Thomas may have met him back in the day, I'll have to ask him about that. I'll probably see Thomas and the rest of the crew on New Years Day, as we have a little family campfire outing planned, if it's not bucketing rain.

 

Hey, you guys are just like us Washingtonians,  if it rains you grab the blue tarps.  That's why God invented them.🍺🍕

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I'm getting lazy in my old age, Old Dog, I forego the blue tarp and use my pop up sunshade in the rain now, I don't have to string lines all over the wet forest to get it up. We sometimes have 4 or 5 of them up around a campfire this time of year. It's raining hard in the valley tonight, snowing above 1,000 ft, but good weather forecast for New Years Day locally, so we're going for it.

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BC witness

Nice find, Madison, I hadn't seen those before.

 

We had great weather here today for the campfire outing, some sun and clouds, near freezing temps, but no rain, so we all had a great time. I brought up Clayton Mack, and it happens that Thomas did meet him, though briefly, a few years before he passed. He said Clayton had some interesting stories, but no evidence to back any of them up. Thomas is big on evidence! It also happens that another member of our group is a distant relative, and that Clayton had a reputation in the family as a tale spinner. I don't know what to make of that.

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