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AGM and Slideshow, Friday November 7

Come and hear what happened in the Club this year and enjoy a slideshow about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Members who were trip leaders will be in the draw for a gift certificate. Join us on Nov 7, 2014 from 7:30–9:30pm at the Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windemere Street (near 5th and Rupert). Doors open at 7:00pm.

The slideshow, Hiking Kilimanjaro by Bengül Kurtar, will follow the business meeting. Bengül returned from a successful trip to Kenya and Tanzania to climb the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in Mid-March 2014. The climb was part of WaterCan's Kilimanjaro Climb for Life campaign to raise awareness and funds to help combat the global water and sanitation crisis.IMG_8461

Stuart Somerville

On September 15th 2014 Stuart Somerville passed away peacefully after a year-long battle with brain cancer.

Stuart loved hiking the mountains in and around Vancouver and was a dedicated member of the North Shore Hikers, making many friends on A, B and C hikes alike. In May 2013 Stuart hiked the whole of the 109 miles of the Cleveland Way in the UK, just before he was diagnosed with his first symptoms. Stuart began to have numbness and weakness in his right leg, but bravely continued to walk small hikes in the local forest and on the seawall for as long as he could. Despite his struggles, he was amazingly accepting of his condition and maintained his great smile and the twinkle in his eyes to the very end. We will miss him greatly.

2015 Camp Summer Announcement

The North Shore Hikers are once again planning the exciting and always anticipated summer camp in Banff National Park, this year from July 26 to August 2, 2015. As indicated by the short survey that was conducted on this past summer camp, a lot of hikers enjoyed staying at the hostel so, on that note, we will be staying at the HI-Castle Mountain Wilderness Hostel.

Details for signing up will be provided in January 2015.

The cost of the week at the hostel will be approximately $165.00.

Slide Show and Social, Thursday October 9

Our October social features two slideshows by North Shore Hikers members.
Non-members are welcome to attend.
Join us at the Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windermere St
7:30-9:30pm. Doors open at 7:00pm.

Hiking the John Muir Trail, Regula Vickery

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One of the best-known hiking trails in the US, the 211-mile (340 km) John Muir Trail was named in the honour of the Scottish-Amercian naturalist, author and early advocate of wilderness preservation in the United States. The trail runs (mostly in conjunction with the Pacific Crest  Trail) from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney, in California. The trail passes through large swaths of alpine and high mountain scenery, and lies almost entirely at or above 8,000 feet (2,400 m) in elevation. About 35% of the trail, including the entirety of the last 30 miles (48 km), lie above 10,000 feet (3,000 m).

Regula and three friends hiked the trail in September 2013.

Morocco, Lesley Bohm

An organized trip by van, train, and foot from Casablanca, through the Atlas Mountains, ending in Marrakech, by three North Shore Hikers, Lesley, Sylvia, and Marion. Mosques, mountains, markets, tanneries, and Roman ruins.

Bring a friend! Non-members are welcome.
Tea, coffee and treats will be served. Be green—bring your own mug.

A Geologist’s View of Sea-to-Sky Country, 7pm September 27

JPEG of 14-09-27 TURNER posterFriends of Garibaldi Park Society and BC Parks is presenting Dr. Bob Turner with "A Geologist's View of Sea-to-Sky country". Saturday September 27, 2014, 7pm, at the Ranger Station at Garibaldi Lake. Bob Tuner us a retired Geologist with the Geological survey of Canada and Author of Vancouver: City on the Edge.

How often to you get the opportunity to see one of Canada's premier Geologists speak in the very Park that he is speaking of? Learn the Geological mysteries of the area in which we call home.

Friends of Garibaldi Park Society looking for volunteers

We are looking for keen individuals to come out for 3 day/2 night work parties. If you have some spare time and want to volunteer in the most beautiful park in the world, here is your chance! We will be accommodated at the Black Tusk Ranger Station on the shore of beautiful Garibaldi Lake. Volunteers will need their own sleeping bags and food for the three day session. Duties to include but not necessarily be limited to ditching, building boardwalk, clearing culverts, resurfacing, bridge repair and maintenance etc etc etc. Park Rangers will provide supervision.
Confirmed dates for trail work are:

  • August 8, 9, 10
  • Sept 6,7,8
  • Sept 16,17,18

More information on the Friends of Garibaldi website.

New forum: Private Trips and Travel

We have a new forum for club members seeking other members to join private trips and travel plans. These can be anything from local day-hikes to multi-week treks in distant places.

photo-150x112[1]There is already one posting: Cristina Jacob is planning an eight-day trek, September 2015  in the Carpathian Alps of Romania. Log in to have a look at the forum and subscribe to receive an email when anything new is posted.



photos: C. Jacob

About strong passwords

imagesWhy do we need strong passwords?
Attacks on websites are increasing. Attackers go after any website, not just corporate websites. An attacker's goal may not be to harvest personal data (although he'll do that if he can), but to plant software on the site that enables the attacker to go after other sites. Today all sites get attacked. A common way to attack a site is by trying to guess user passwords to gain entry. Many users pick weak passwords making it easy.

What is a strong password?
A password that is hard to guess and has enough characters that it would take a lot of work to match by trying random passwords. It should also be one you don't use for other websites or accounts. When you select or change your password, this website will show the password strength as you enter it. Please use a password that rates as strong or at least medium.

Aren't strong passwords a pain?
They can be. A password such as 3cuqNNYftKf3Hu is very strong but impossible to remember and a pain to type. This sort of password is often recommended but not practical unless you use a password management program.

I want a strong password I can remember and type easily!
There is simple way: a passphrase rather than a password. Pick four or more unrelated words or a phrase that is unique to you but hard to guess. For example Bill likes blue hats or The trail to Goat Mountain or just some words, kite truck weather box. (But don't use those examples!) Don't use a common phrase, song lyrics or a quotation.

If you can't remember your passphrase, write it down (not on a sticky note on your computer screen), and put it away somewhere. You can use spaces between the words or not. Make the passphrase stronger by adding numbers and symbols. For example, [kite truck weather box]! is stronger but still easy to type. When you enter your passphrase remember that spaces and capital letters mush match exactly with the phrase you chose.

About forums

What is in the forums
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