THE ALPINE CLUB OF CANADA, VANCOUVER ISLAND SECTION
Volume 34* issue 3 November, 2006
Three skiers in a snowstorm, Megan Adams, Martin Carver and Martin Hofmann Photo: Sandy Briggs
National Club News
My impressions of the fall board meeting
October 13/14 2006
What a pleasant surprise to arrive to sunshine and clear skies in Canmore; the traces of an earlier snowfall had already
disappeared from the valley.
This fall meeting was all about the centennial windup and we reps were privileged to participate at some memorable gatherings.
It started with a seminar about ‘women in mountaineering’ at the Banff Centre. Some highly accomplished women, Nancy
Hansen, Sharon Wood and Helen Sovdat among them, gave impressive testimonies of their lives in the mountains, never dwelling
on the sacrifices they must have made to get to the world’s highest peak or to climb ALL the high peaks in the Selkirks and the
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Next morning found us at the meeting, with the sections opening with their reports.
Toronto ran a successful survey and the feeling was, to give the members ‘what they
want’. So Cam Roe has challenged us reps to get back to him with answers to 2
VANCOUVER ISLAND SECTION questions:
ALPINE CLUB OF CANADA
1. What DO our members want?
2. What is NOT needed in the club?
So, since I am just one voice, it would be great to hear back from you, my friends, what
I am supposed to answer to our president’s questions!
It seems, that all the sections are very busy, Calgary offering 3 - 4 week summer
camps. St Boniface has a 18m (60 ft) freestanding climbing wall, that becomes an
iceclimbing tower in the winter. There, they hold competitions, meets or fund-raise.
Last year they raised $1500 for the children’s hospital by doing the ‘Everest 24 hour
challenge’. There seems to be competition climbing in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario
and Nova Scotia, but none in BC?
The vice presidents spoke to their reports. Peter Muir, secretary and legal mind, told
SECTION EXECUTIVE us, there is a proposal of ‘section bylaws’ on the ACC website, for us to copy and use,
2006 as we wish. Nancy Hansen spoke for Roger Laurilla, telling us, that all camps were
successful in spite of bad weather or other difficulties. Bruce Keith reported of many
CHAIR - Jules Thomson 472-3820 changes at the National Office, but all is running smoothly once more - a sure credit
SECRETARY - Cedric Zala 652-5841
TREASURER - Geoff Bennett 853-7515
to his dedicated leadership. Gordon Currie, treasurer, presented the budget and was
MEMBERSHIP - Phee Hudson 656-6533 worried by a financial shortfall. However, his motion to increase membership fees was
NATIONAL CLUB - Gerta Smythe 478-7369 defeated and so he hopes to find money from other sources. Isabelle Daigneault, VP
SCHEDULE - Karun Thanjavur 383-6252
FMCBC - Shawn Hedges 386-2611 for ‘access & environment’, feels that she would like to separate the 2 or at least put
EDUCATION - Peter Rothermel 250-752-2529 more emphasis on the environmental issues and she ably quoted Elizabeth Parker in
her report: “...a national trust for the defense of our mountain solitudes against the
MEMBERS AT LARGE intrusion of steam and electricity and all the vandalisms of this ,luxurious utilitarian
Russ Moir 477-0070 age; for keeping free from the grind of commerce, the wooded passes and valleys
Catrin Brown 477-5806
Selena Swets 881-8284
and alp lands of the wilderness. It is the people’s right to have primitive access to the
remote places of safest retreat from the fever and the fret of the market place and the
BUSHWHACKER EDITORS beaten tracts of life.”
Rob Macdonald 727-6734
Viggo Holm 477-8596 The meeting adjourned and we flocked back up to the clubhouse for the official
Ian Brown 727-2480 opening of the new Pat Boswell Cabin ( it’s a lovely retreat so remember to ask for it
Judith Holm 477-8596 the next time you spend time in Canmore!) and the new ‘Heritage Room’, followed by
SUPPORT POSITIONS a reception of ‘Past Presidents’.
The last function of the day was the ‘ACC Centennial Art Reflections’ show at the
EQUIPMENT - Mike Hubbard 370-1096
LIBRARY - Judith Holm 477-8596
Whyte Museum in Banff. Heather Mortimer had this idea to bring well known
WEBMASTER - Don Cameron 595-8729 mountaineers together with fine artists and give them a chance to express their
LIST SERVER - Don Cameron combined talents. It was very impressive. Barry Blanchard standing in front of a
masterful rendition of Mt Yamnaska and then reading his quote: “Yamnaska is home
and the crocus peeking through the snow announcing the beginning of another
climbing season.” The coast was represented by Don Serl and a sculptor’s rendition of
a mountain’s face.
The UIAA had their general assembly at the same time in Banff and we met some
ACC VI website: representatives at breakfast on the next day and then again for the annual guide’s
http://www.horizon.bc.ca/~acc/index.htm ball in the evening. In between were offered 4 hours of slide shows and the Elizabeth
Parker play. However, someone asked me if I wanted to come hiking after breakfast
The Island Bushwhacker is published 4 times a and I could not resist the sunshine in the mountains and we had a successful section
year by the Vancouver Island Section of the interaction while hiking along the Stanley Icefield Trail.
Alpine Club of Canada.
NOTE: Deadline for the 2007 Annual is Jan. BC Government’s Fixed Roof Accomodation Policy in Provincial
31, 2007 and for the next Bushwhacker is May 1,
2006. Send all submissions to: email@example.com
ISSN 0822 - 9473
The purpose of this message is to make you aware of the situation regard-
ing the Alpine Club’s proposals with respect to the BC Government’s ‘Fixed Roof
Accommodation Policy’ and the request for proposals (RFPs) they issued in August.
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It is anticipated that our proposals will cause a reaction from 1. It would provide a welcome option for overnight accom-
some groups opposed to the BC Government policy of allowing modation in the area other than the campsite that currently
further development of fixed roof accommodation in BC Parks. exists. We believe such new roofed accommodation would
We anticipate that some groups will choose to specifically target appeal to many people - for example, seniors and families with
the Club in their actions of opposition to the policy and in its children who want to hike into the area but might not consider
implementation. doing so because of the extra physical burden of having to carry
This message will give you some basic facts. Should you in a tent, and cooking/eating utensils:
wish to know more, or wish help in responding to queries you 2. It would be attractive to those who want to visit the area
are encouraged to email <firstname.lastname@example.org> or but don’t welcome the prospect of having to spend days on end
call me. Media contacts should be referred to me. in their tent due to the high level and durations of rainfall that
The Club has submitted two proposals in response to the can occur there.
BC Government’s RFPs: 3. It could allow BC Parks the option of reducing the eco-
- to build a hut near Robson Pass in Mt. Robson Prov. Park logical impact of human presence at the existing campsite and
- to continue operating the existing hut in Elk Lakes Prov. closing the Ranger cabin.
Park 4. It could limit potential for wildlife/human conflict by
The Mt. Robson proposal is an attempt to qualify as the concentrating human presence in one smaller area.
party chosen by BC Parks to construct a hut in the upper reach- 5. The concepts presented by the Club contemplate a state
es of the Park. The proposal is in three parts, one describing the of the art hut designed to minimize environmental impacts in
Club and its competencies in the construction and operation this alpine area.
of back-country huts, the second concerning the Club’s capac- The Elk Lakes proposal is more straightforward. It is simply
ity to undertake such a venture, and the third outlines concepts proposing that the Club continue to operate the existing cabin
the Club would follow in construction of a hut in this area. The in Elk Lakes Park.
Club believes that a hut would be of significant benefit to the David Toole
mountaineering and outdoor recreation community for several Director Planning and Development
reasons, including: The Alpine Club of Canada
VI Section Messages
Section Library / Archives News
NEW IN THE LIBRARY
Phyllis Munday, Mountaineer, by Kathryn Bridge, Quest The last four of the above items are some of the publications
Library #18, XYZ Publishing, 2002. Donated by Peter Gerta Smythe brought back from the ACC AGM.
Rothermel. Manitoba Climbers, A Century of Stories from the Birthplace of
Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia, Matt Gunn, Cairn The Alpine Club of Canada, edited by Christine Mazur, Simon
Publishing, 2005. Statkewish and David Relkoff, published by the ACC Manitoba
Artists of the Rockies, Inspiration of Lake O’Hara, Jane Section, 2006.
Lytton Gooch, and the Alpine Club of Canada, 152 pp, pub- Strengths Revealed, The Mountaineering Life of Don
lished by the ACC in partnership with the Rockies Network, Vockeroth, by R. W. Sandford, ACC, 2005.
2003. This book of paintings is an especially valued acquisition. The above two publications were brought back from the
Ways to the Sky, An Historical Guide to North American March ACC national meeting by Gil Parker who also donated
Mountaineering, Andy Selters, , 334 pp, published by the AAC the following two:
in partnership with the ACC, 2004. Aware of the Mountain, Mountaineering as Yoga, by Gil
Among the Great Hills, Three Generations of Wheelers & Parker, Trafford, 2001.
their Contribution to the Mapping of Mountains, by R. W. Mom, Marian & Me; A Family’s Poetry, by Gil Parker,
Sandford, 2006. John Wheeler was the Patron of the 2006 Aware, 2005.
ACC Centennial Ball. Included in the booklet are photos and DVD. Instructional. Slab Avalanche - What to Do? by Pieps
references to VI Section members. DSP, 2006. Instructional search and rescue content based
Expedition Yukon, 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Yukon around the company’s new Pieps DSP transceiver. The DVD
Alpine Centennial Expedition, abridged edition by Marnie was donated by Shawn Hedges.
Fisher and R. W. Sandford, published by the ACC, 1997.
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Vancouver Island Section AGM
Friday, January 26, 2007, 7:30 pm
UVic University Club “Wild Rose” room
Please forward any agenda items that you would like the membership to discuss, by January 19/07 to email@example.com.
We have several positions for those of you who might like to participate on the executive, a lively group faced with exciting
and challenging issues, from environmental concerns to promoting mountaineering.
Consider the position of chair, bushwhacker editor, ACC main club liasion member or the Federation of
Mountain Clubs Of BC liasion position. Please send your nominations, by January 19, 2007, to the nomination committee
chair, Gil Parker,<firstname.lastname@example.org.> Many thanks to Gil for participating on the committee.
The AGM is the Section’s primary business event. It is also another fun get-together The outgoing executive will make
announcements and give reports as needed. They will also present the budget for endorsement by the membership. The budget
includes the 2006 Budget Statement, and the 2007 Budget Forecast.
The closing business of each AGM is the handing over of the meeting to the Nominating Committee who will oversee the
selection of the executive for the coming year. This ushering in of the new executive is a time of:
appreciation - of those who have served on the current year’s executive ;
encouragement - to new blood and younger members to step forward; and
importance - as this will set the tone and determine the leadership of the section for another year.
Step forward yourself or nominate someone . Come to the AGM. Don’t miss out in the selection of the section’s executive
positions for 2007.
Warmest regards, Jules Thomson, Chair, ACC Vancouver Island Section
Submissions for the 2006 Island Bushwhacker Annual
The deadline for submission is January 31, 2007.
Trip leaders or members are encouraged to submit articles with photographs about their adventures in the mountains for
publication in our 2006 Annual. We want to have as many as possible 2006 Trips, Climbs and Expeditions recorded. We also
welcome member poetry and artwork related to the mountains. In the event that we have too many submissions, articles about
the Section’s scheduled events may take precedence. Please make sure your submission is submitted by the deadline.
Your submission must have a title and author’s name; pictures must have a caption indicating location and identification of
the feature (if relevant) and the names of the people in the picture. (Picture captions, in italics, may be included in the body of
your text to help indicate where the picture is placed in the final layout). We request that submissions be typed single spaced
with no formating other than a single return at the end of a paragraph.
Prints, slides and diskettes wil be returned if a self addressed stamped envelope is included. Please mark “view from this
side” on the slide to ensure the picture is not reversed. Digital images are preferred but they need to be high resolution: a mini-
mum of 1200 x 1550 pixels or HQ setting in your digital camera. Prints should be scanned at least 300 dpi for a 5” x 7” photo.
Digital text in MS Word, WordPerfect or Text format.
We can accept your submissions in several ways:
1. Email text and digital images as attachments to <email@example.com>
2. By hand on a cd, dvd or floppy disk .
3. By mail. Mail slides, prints, cds, dvds or typed copy to:
Viggo Holm, 1991 Casa Marcia Crescent, Victoria BC, V8N 2X5
ACC Vancouver Island Section Summer Camp 2007
Next summer’s Section Camp has been booked at the Stanley Mitchell Hut in Yoho Park. The Club has booked the exclu-
sive use of the 26-bed facility (see http://www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/facility/stanley.html) for the six nights of Sunday July
29 to Friday August 3, 2007. The hut is a 10-km hike in from the Takakkaw Falls trailhead and offers great opportunities for
hiking, scrambling and climbing in a spectacular setting. Scrambles include Isolated Peak (2845 m), Mount Kerr (2863 m),
Kiwetinok Peak (2902 m), Mount Pollinger (2816 m) and Mount MacArthur (3015 m) and climbs could include the President
(3138 m) and Vice-President (3066 m).
Details on arrangements, including backcountry passes and maps, and the possible use of guides (and maybe porters?) will be
arranged in the Spring. Costs are very tentative at this point but would be expected to be in the $250 range. Interested
members please contact Cedric Zala at firstname.lastname@example.org or (250) 652-5841.
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