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2016 AGM and Slideshow, 3 Nov.

Our 2016 AGM will be held on Thursday, Nov 3, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Community Centre. Doors will open at 7:00.

There will be a slideshow, Walking the Kerry Way, by Yvonne Price after the official meeting.

Refreshments will be served. Bring your mug.

We have the following vacant positions on our exec team. Would you be interested to help?

  • vice-president
  • cycling planner
  • mid-week activities coordinator
  • trail clearing coordinator

Elections will be held for the following positions.

  • vice-president
  • treasurer
  • membership secretary

Please read the 2015 AGM minutes to review last year's business. These minutes can also be found, after you have logged on to our site, in the "About" tab, under "Club Documents". Scroll down passed the documents to find the 2015 AGM Minutes.

Concerning the slide show, Kerry way is one of Ireland's longest signposted walking trails and one of the most popular.

Hope to see you there.

The NSH exec team


Slideshow and Gear Swap: Sept. 29

Sunrise Community Hall, 1950 Windermere St., Vancouver

Doors open 7:00 p.m., slide show 7:30 p.m., Gear Swap throughout.

Refreshments will be served. Bring your mug!


First up: Jim Poirier’s “Bluewater Dreams”. You’ll learn about the experiences and challenges Jim faced in making an old sailboat seaworthy and then sailing the Pacific: from Vancouver to the Galapagos Islands then Easter Island and then other Pacific Islands and back to Vancouver. This was his dream, and he hopes to inspire us to make our dreams come true, too.

Followed by: Anne Leathem’s “Mushrooming in Bolivia”. You’ll hear about her trip by air, van, river boat and canoe from La Paz to the Bolivian Amazon Basin and her experience of staying in native-run camps with native guides.

Gear Swap: It’s fall cleaning time! Sort through your closet for gear you no longer want/need and bring it along with you! Make sure all items have your name and asking price on them.

Future Dates to Note

Nov 3: Annual General Meeting and slideshow. Hear what the Executive committee has been doing on your behalf. Remember we’re always looking for volunteers to fill vacant positions.

Dec 15: NSH Annual Christmas Potluck and Slideshow: great food, great singing and good fun! (More info to come)



Another great Summer camp: Waterton 2016

This is the second time that our club has Waterton as a summer camp destination. First time was in 2009.

We had 7 glorious days of hiking covering all the great hikes in the park (Crypt Lake, Akamina Ridge, Lineham Ridge, Carthew/Alderson and Bertha Lake). One day we crossed the US border to Glacier National Park and did the Grinnell Glacier. We saw an unbelievable number of animals in the wild. Some of us have already posted pictures on this website. Please go to the Trip Reports forum to check them out. Seeing is believing!

Stay alert for the announcement of the 2017 summer camp. Three hikers have volunteered to organize it. Very likely we will return to the Rockies. Rocky Mountains here we come!

Christina Jacob

2016 Summer Camp

This year's summer camp will take place in Waterton National Park from July 26 to August 2. If you are interested in participating in the 6 days of wonderful B and B/C hikes, please contact Diane Whiteley no later than April 15. (Diane's contact information is visible only to members who have logged in to this site.)

Please note that the camp format this year has changed from what you have been used to before. Arrangements for accommodation are up to the registered participants. There is no limit to the number of participants and you have the flexibility to attend as many hiking days as you wish.

Suggested arrival day is Tuesday, July 26 and leave day is Tuesday August 2. The organizers, Diane Whiteley, Cristina Jacob, Donna Nyberg, and Ye Chu, will put together the hiking schedule for the camp and will sent it to all registered parties no later than July 1.

There are several camping grounds in the area. The town site campground has availability only during weekdays. You can make reservations on line. Two other camps outside the park but only a few kilometres away, will open their reservations May 1. Crooked Creek and Waterton Springs offer campsite for $22-25 per day per camp site for two people and have full amenities including wifi and hot showers. You can find out more details by visiting their websites, emailing or calling: tel 403-6531100 and - tel 403-8592247.

By registering your attendance with Diane you will get further communication on the camp. Happy hiking!

For a list of planned hikes, click HERE.

We will be offering a hike in Glacier National Park, Montana and valid passports will be required.

Diane Whiteley, Cristina Jacob, Donna Nyberg, and Ye Chu.

Presentation by Sandy Allan, Scottish mountaineer and author, on his new book

Author Sandy Allan speaks about his book: In Some Lost Place
Presentation hosted by Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C., April 5th FMCBC will be hosting a presentation by Sandy Allan, Scottish mountaineer and author of the 2015 book In Some Lost Place: The first ascent of Nanga Parbat’s Mazeno Ridge (which received a glowing review by Mike Nash in our Fall/Winter edition of Cloudburst). Sandy will speak about his experiences climbing what was previously widely regarded as 'the last great climb' of the Himalaya—the giant Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth highest mountain. His team’s ascent took 18 days, the last four of which were endured without food and water.  Come listen to Sandy describe his epic journey to the top and to find out what’s next for this storied climber.
Date: Tuesday, April 5th
Time:  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.
Cost:  Admission is by donation (suggested donation is $5)
Location:  Langara College - 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC - Room A136a How to get there:

·         Directions (Transit & Car)
·         Campus Map
·         Building Map
·         Parking - $3.50 flat rate after 5pm – payment can be made at any parking pay station on campus

Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. If you are interested in volunteering,  email

Bowen Island Takes Responsibility for the Trails on Mount Gardner

After three years of hiking Mount Gardner, mapping the trails, and negotiating with the Province, The Rotary Club of Bowen Island — on behalf of the community — will sign an agreement with Recreation Sites and Trails BC. The official signing will take place in Collins Hall at an event beginning at 6:30 PM, Thursday, March 17. All who are interested are invited.

Participating in the signing is Tom Blackbird, the District Recreation Officer for this region. Blackbird’s office is in Chilliwack, and Bowen Island is on the westernmost verge of his district. Also, from the Province’s Sea-To-Sky office in Squamish is Tennessee Trent, Manager - Trails, Recreation Sites and Trails, for all of the Province of British Columbia.

Blackbird and Trent have asked to see some of the trails during this visit. Interested hikers are welcome to join the group on the mountain. The initial arrangements are still tentative, but the plan is that Blackbird and Trent will arrive from the mainland on a late morning ferry sailing. Sometime later a group will hike up the mountain starting at the Kiosk at the upper end of Laura Road. Probably the destination will be the North Summit.

Those wishing to participate in the hike should watch for updates, including up-to-the-minutes tweets on March 17. Note: this is not an escorted mountain hike. Anyone who joins the group must be an experienced hiker who is completely responsible for her/his own route-finding, gear (including appropriate clothing, food and water), and personal safety.

The Trails Agreement expects that the community will provide routine observation and maintenance of the trails. In return, the polygon of crown lands that include the trails will becomes designated a Recreation Site under Section 56 of the Forest and Range Act.

In 2014 the Undercurrent published a well-researched article on the Rotary Trails Project that described the conditions of the trails and the reasons and advantages for this community taking control of the recreational use of the mountain.

While the Municipality of Bowen Island is not in a position to be responsible for those trails, the trailheads, parking areas and kiosks are on municipal land. BIM Council recognized the economic benefits that result from visitors who travel to Bowen Island to hike, and the value of this resource for its citizens. Council has agreed that the municipality will continue to provide appropriate access.

The event at Collins Hall on March 17 will begin at 6:30 PM with a welcome to all visitors. There will be a short explanation of the agreement by some of the signing parties. This will be followed by the official signing. The remainder of the evening will be a potluck dinner. Visitors are most welcome!

Those interested participating in the hike, the signing, or the dinner should call Robert Ballantyne before noon on Wednesday, March 16, at 604.947.0815.

Robert Ballantyne 604 947 0815 Rotary PR Director
Denis Lynn 604 947 9806 Rotary Past President


Remembering Mary Tainsh

With great sadness we must share the news that Mary Tainsh passed away on Feb 21, after suffering a long battle with chronic pain. She was well known to many NSHikers having joined as young woman in 1971. She embraced the outdoors and with her partner, Lada, hiked, canoed, backpacked, cycled and skied most of this province in her lifetime. After their son, Ian was born, it wasn't too long before he was eagerly joining them on their adventures.

It was her strong belief in the Club's importance in outdoor recreation, that caused Mary to work very hard, volunteering for many positions on the Executive and taking an active role in many projects in the Club over the years. As trip coordinator, Mary was always researching new hike ideas, like Whyte Lake and Paton Lookout which are now regular trips on the schedule. Nothing seemed to be beyond her enthusiastic participation, an icy lake swim to name one.

As an advocate for the backcountry, Mary was known to fire off letters to “Parks”, or a MP or two whenever she saw the need for improvements in the backcountry.

She will be dearly missed for her sunny disposition and leadership strengths as she mentored many a hiker to become an expert trip leader. Always well prepared with maps, ropes, and a compass dangling from her neck, she was supportive to even the slowest of hikers on her trips. Some of us may have been lucky enough to be on her backpacking trips when after returning to the cars, she would pull cold beers from a cooler for all to enjoy.

Mary loved the beauty and peace of the wilderness. That was where she was truly happy. It was her request that there be no service of remembrance.

The NSH Executive


$75 donated to the Food Bank by NSH

North Shore Hikers along with their family and friends enjoyed a potluck feast while Jill and Anne volunteered to cook turkey and ham making the dinner complete. There was singing of the "12 Days of Xmas" as well as secret door prizes left by Santa that were claimed by 3 lucky members.
A big thank you to Bill who presented a slideshow on "Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies". At the end of the evening, when the cash was counted, a donation of $75 went to the Food Bank. Well done everyone and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Beth Kitts,
Membership Secretary NSH

Summer Scrambles Camp

July 24th - 31st, 2016 - Waterton Scrambles Camp

We are planning a car camp at the Waterton Townsite Campground in the southern Canadian Rockies about 13 hours drive (1206 km) from Vancouver.  This will be the base for scrambles (C hikes) in Waterton National Park.  The maximum group size is 10.  You must be a current NSH member in order to signup.

If you are interested, please contact: Bill Myrtle  604-253-6447



Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 .

Sunrise Community Hall, 1950 Windermere St., Vancouver.

Mark your calendars and be sure to attend our Annual NSH Xmas Event! Bring your favorite dish, salad, or dessert.

Turkey with the trimmings and ham will be served.  Bring your own beverage and a non-alcoholic punch will be provided.

 Following dinner, Bill Myrtle will thrill us with "C Hike Scrambles--2015 Summer Camp in Banff"

155 Group atop Mt. Cory south summit

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner at 6:30 p.m. promptly.

Slideshow at 8:00 p.m.

Surprise Door Prize!

Cash donations to the Food Bank welcome.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Beth Kitts,
Membership Secretary NSH