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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 

Photo Contest Results

At this year's AGM, which took place last Thursday, November 5, the attendance voted for the best pictures entered in the Club's Photo Contest. The contest ran for 5 months starting in June and was open to all club members submitting pictures taken on recent club trips. The winners are:
Bill Myrtle for "Grizzly Yearling", taken at Paradise Valley, Lake Louise area - ANIMALS category

Bengul Kurtar for "Snack Time", taken at Hat Mountain Lookout - PEOPLE category

Patricia Morris for "Fungus", taken at Hanes Valley - PLANTS category

Yvonne Price for "Larches in the Mist" and Bill Myrtle for "Into the Cloud", both taken at Mt. Frosty - SCENERY category



The winners will receive $100 each (the tied winners will split the prize) and their photos will be featured on our Facebook. All participants to the contest will be recognized at our club's Christmas party on December 10, when a slide show will be run to showcase all the pictures entered in the contest.

Based on the enthusiasm that the photo contest created in the club we will consider running it again next year. For this year's contest we had 12 participants  and hopefully next year we will have even more. Check our website for future announcements and keep taking those cameras on the club's hikes.

Cristina Jacob,

Photo Contest Organizer

Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour

Hello Fellow Outdoor Enthusiasts,

It's that time of year again. Time to ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. The 2015/16 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 40th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities in 40 countries around the world. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

This year the Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section will once again be hosting TWO EVENINGS of the Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour in the Vancouver Area. As a fellow outdoor enthusiast and outdoor club member, the ACC thought we would share the following event information with you. There are two different playbills A & B – you can go both nights to see them all! Please pass this information onto your fellow outdoor club members, as well as anyone else who may enjoy the shows. Please feel free to share the film fest information and attached poster on your Outdoor Club's event page, newsletters, calendars, email lists, bulletin boards, etc.

The Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday, DEC. 4 at the Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale Ave, North
    Vancouver) Program A; Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, DEC. 5 at the Centre Theatre (777 Homer St., Vancouver)
    Program B; Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:30pm

All shows will start at 7:30pm and tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased online at Please note that the shows have sold out in the past years, so get your tickets early!

For more information please visit:

If you have any questions or would like further information, please don't hesitate to contact the World Tour Team by email at

Thank you very much for your time and we hope to see you at the show!

Be moved. Be Inspired!

Amber McMinn
ACC - Vancouver Section
Banff Mtn. Film Fest World Tour Team

Public Consultation for protection of Ancient Forest

Fellow hikers please note that the province is currently accepting email comments on a plan to preserve the Ancient Forest near Prince George likely under a “Class A” provincial park designation.  Click here to view the press release.  FMCBC’s Member Club, the Caledonia Ramblers, has been working on building trails and boardwalks in the Ancient Forest for several years now and would appreciate support for this plan.

To participate in the public consultation process please review the consultation paper and then send a letter of support to before November 2nd (4pm).

Cristina,  NSH Delegate to FMCBC

NSH has changed its membership year dates

The membership year of 2015 will end Nov 30, giving members 2 more months before their membership expires. This will mean that your membership will still be valid at the AGM ( Nov 5) and you will be able to vote. So wait to November to renew your membership for 2016 to enjoy another great year of outdoor activities. The NSH membership year will be from Nov 30-Dec1 each year from now on.

Proposed Ski Development at Brohm Ridge

There is a proposal to develop a commercial ski operation at Brohm Ridge, by "Garibaldi at Squamish". On September 23, 2015, the FMCBC, of which this club is a member, held a meeting with representatives from the developer. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

  1. the maps shown (no different from the online versions, except bigger) depicted the ski runs and the "resort development", both of which run very close to Garibaldi Park (they claimed a 50-metre buffer zone, which Mike rightly said was pretty close to the Park);
  2. when challenged that "ski hills don't make money, the real estate surrounding them does", and although there is no real estate, actual or proposed, on the maps, Chris admitted that in exchange for building the ski hill, they will be able to obtain real estate "at a nominal price"; they weren't too clear on what a nominal price meant; and of course we have no real idea as to the extent of their property aspirations;
  3. the displaced snowmobilers (and there are lots using this area) were unfortunately directed by GAS to an area that is currently a non-motorized area; GAS was informed of the Sea to Sky LRMP and the sectoral distinctions between motorized and non, and could they please at least direct them to a motorized area in future;
  4. GAS was made very aware, largely through the Fellers and Monika, of the numerous frustrations FMCBC and member clubs have experienced in the past: not being consulted, not being listened to, Garibaldi Park being revised by the Government for Whistler/Blackcomb, no enforcement of the motorized activity, especially the snowmobilers, and more;
  5. in good "I feel your pain" style, responding by GAS, the 3rd member (Peter something) suggested it could be possible to have a covenant or easement up against the Park, requiring FMCBC's consent to encroach (I'll believe that when I see it, but they must be reminded of this in the future);
  6. it will be 4-5 years at least before actual construction could begin;
  7. GAS made it sound like there won't be any snowmobiles buzzing around their ski resort; it would be as much of an annoyance to hotel guests there as to anyone else;
  8. when asked why they would succeed where numerous others have not, the response seemed to be their thoroughness, aided by their "deep pockets";
  9. Monika made a great point that, in essence, we are arguing for the public's benefit (The Public's Right to Quiet Enjoyment of our Parks); every other dog in this fight has a vested interest.

Mack Skinner,
secretary of FMCBC, exec member of North Shore Hikers.


Wonderful Summer Camp 2015

Wonderful hiking and great fun at our 2015 summer camp

For this year's week-long camp the club rented the entire hostel at Castle Junction, in Banff National park. Located mid way between Banff and Lake Louise, the hostel provided a great "base camp" for more than 20 hikes in the surrounding mountains.

For a detailed camp report by Sheila and Bill click here.

The club has already started planning for next year's camp. If you have a suggestion for a destination with great hikes let us know.

Cristina Jacobs