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Slideshow equipment storage

The club executive is looking for a volunteer to store the slide show equipment including bulky screen, and to transport this to/from Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windermere and help with setup for all slide show dates. The next date is Sep 13, 2018.

For transport  a van, pickup truck or a large SUV is required as the screen is approx. 8 ft. If you can help out and preferably live close to Sunrise Community Centre please contact the executive.


Obituary Heinz

A former long time active member of our club, Heinrich "Heinz" Wolff, has passed away, at the age of 103.  He was in good health and good spirits, and still living at home, until just a few days before his passing.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday May 12th at the Renfrew Collingwood Seniors Centre, 2970 East 22nd Avenue in Vancouver, between Renfrew and Nootka.

There are obituaries at Vancouver Sun and at the Province. For more information, feel free to contact me by e-mail or by phone (Detroit, Michigan cell phone) at 1-313-643-4132.  I am in Vancouver this week, so don't worry about time zones.

Bruce Wolff,
son of Heinrich Wolff.

NSH’S Most Dedicated Trip Leader

A few years ago long-time NSH member, leader of trips and long serving exec member Patrick Brown scanned all hard copies of the NSH’s past Ravens & schedules and made them available to logged-in members on our website (News >> Raven Newsletters and Activities >> Historic Schedules). He also created a spreadsheet (also visible to logged in members on our website, under Activities >> Past Events) of past hikes from 2001 to 2015. This spreadsheet is a great synopsis of our history and a great source of ideas for trips. It can be sorted by hike, leader etc.  Curious, I sorted by leader to see who our biggest leaders have been.

In fifth place is Dennis Berryman who has led about 160 hikes. Unless he gets out there more often though, Alastair with about 148 hikes might catch up!

In fourth place is Peter Durnford with about 180 hikes.

In third place is Brent Ehrl with about 200 hikes who is leaping after Alan Banwell, in second place with over 200 hikes.

And in first place is IRENE MILLER who with 300 hikes under her belt is still consolidating her lead.

Can she be beaten???

(Written by Alastair Ferries)

Slideshows and Contest, Thurs, April 12, 2018

(Thurs. April 12, 2018.)

Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windermere Street, Vancouver.

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Bring your own mug.

THERE WILL BE PRIZES!!  Alastair Ferries will present a photo contest on Identification of BC Animals. You will list their names and the person with most correct answers will receive a special prize! In case of a tie, he will show animals of the world to determine the winner.

Sylvia Berryman and Barry Brisebois will present an interesting slideshow on CHILCOTINS WITHOUT A FLOATPLANE. Several trips will be covered with various other club members included as well. This is a beautiful area with many terrain types and is a reasonable travel distance from Vancouver.

2017 AGM & Slideshow, Thur., Nov. 9

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017,at 7:30 p.m., at the Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windermere Street, Vancouver, west of Rupert and south of 1st Avenue. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Bring your own mug.

After the official meeting, there will be an interesting slideshow by Cristina Jacob, on her trip to Antarctica.

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

  • Recording Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Cycling Planner
  • Mid-week Activities Coordinator

Elections will be held for the following positions.

  • Treasurer
  • Recording Secretary

Please read the 2016 AGM minutes to review last year's business.

Click here for the agenda for this year's meeting.

There will be a prize draw for all trip leaders of this year. Three prizes of MEC $50 gift certificate will be awarded. But the winner must be present at the AGM to be eligible.

Hope to see you there.

The NSH Exec team.

Slide Shows and Gear Swap, May 11, Thur.

SUNRISE COMMUNITY CENTRE, 1950 Windermere St., Vancouver.

Doors open 7:00 pm, slideshows begin 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. Bring your mug.

Gear Swap: Make sure all items have your name and asking price on them.

Ye Chu will present her solo 28 day journey to Nepal.

Bill Myrtle will present a slide show on the 2016 NSH Scrambles Camp in Waterton Lakes National Park in the southern Canadian Rockies. The presentation documents scrambles to six summits including Mount Blakiston, the highest in Waterton Lakes National Park.


"Nothing about Everest is fair. Amazing how powerful it is in terms of providing and killing, and then what the aftermath of that is, the haves and have-nots. It's a microcosm of the world in a lot of ways. And it is not pretty." David Morton, retired Everest Mountain Guide

Ye Chu will present her solo 28 day journey to Nepal, starting in Kathmandu, following the path used for centuries by Trade Caravans and later by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay. The path took Ye through the haunting epicentre of the 2015 Earthquake and up to the base of Chomolungma "Mother Goddess of the World" (Everest Base Camp). At 5364 m, Ye was stunned to hear two fellow trekkers died of altitude sickness.

On her return from Everest Base Camp, in the Village of Khumjung, Ye was invited to be a guest speaker at Sir Edmund Hillary's Sherpa school (built in 1961), where she met locals who told tales of the Yeti and saw a Yeti scalp!

2017 Summer Camp

Update on August 27, 2017

Summer Camp PHOTOS!!

The NSH 2017 Summer Camp based in Yoho National Park from July 27th to August 3rd was a fun-filled success! Our hikers numbers at the camp hovered between 17-19. Fifteen of us stayed at the Whiskey Jack hostel which is located in the heart of Yoho hiking country and directly across from thundering Takakkaw Falls. The starting points for some of the most spectacular hikes was just a few metres from the hostel.

A website telling the story of the 2017 summer camp and featuring favourite photos from many of the participants can be found at:

(To navigate to specific pages, click on the 3 bars on the upper lefthand side of the website.)

The summer camp participants would like to thank Yvonne Price for all her work in getting us organized. Unfortunately she was not able to attend due to conflicting appointments.



Update on May 17, 2017

Lake O'Hara and Revised Summer Camp Hike Schedule

Please click here for the revised summer camp hike schedule.

The organizers of this year's camp are very disappointed that we were unable to secure any shuttle bus reservations for Lake O'Hara.  Despite being online at 7 am on April 20, when the reservations opened, we were unable to reserve spots on the days we were interested in or any other days during summer camp.  In fact, Diane did manage to get through to Parks Canada by phone and was told that all the shuttle bus reservations for the entire season were booked by 7:01 am on the 20th!!  It seems hard to believe, but there it is.

There is a possibility that there will be some cancellations, so we certainly encourage people to try the online reservation at  Alternatively, some people might want to go to the Lake O'Hara shuttle parking area to see if there are any spaces on that day's shuttle.  It is sometimes possible for seats to be vacant.  If there are a number of people attempting this last minute alternative, we can adjust the start time of one or two of the scheduled hikes that day so that if people are not successful in getting on the bus, they can join a scheduled hike.  These approaches to getting on the shuttle clearly do not work well for organizing a group hike, so we have scheduled two alternative hikes to replace the O'Hara option.

Yvonne Price

As of end of March, 2017 

Last weekend (March 25, 26) a group of NSH hikers attending this year's summer camp from July 27 to August 2 met in Squamish and drafted the schedule of hikes. The summer camp will offer three hikes every day, one less than 5 hours, one between 5 and 7 hours and one more than 7 hours. The preliminary schedule and the description of hikes can be accessed if you click here. (After you have downloaded the file, when you view it in the Adobe Acrobat reader, you can rotate the page by going to "View" >> "Rotate View" on the menu bar. If you are using Google Chrome, you can simply rotate it using the rotate button near the top right corner.) Once the schedule is finalized it will be incorporated in the regular club schedule and will be available to all on the NSH club website.

There are now 34 registered participants to the summer camp. Similarly to last year's camp, attendance  is not capped. Every paid member of the club is welcome to attend. Registration is however required in order to receive relevant information. Diane Whiteley is the Registrar. (Diane's email contact is visible to members who have logged in to this site.)

Transportation and accommodation in or around Field BC, is up to the camp participants. Please note that the local campgrounds in Field do not take reservations and operate on a first come first served basis. Several hikers have already made reservations at the Whiskey Jack hostel in proximity of Field.

The organizers have already registered 19 hikers for two premium ranger-guided hikes to the Burgess Shale area in the park. Also, later in April they will attempt to secure bus transportation to Lake O'Hara, based on the level of interest received from the registered participants. If you are registered, please indicate on the google registration sheet whether you would like to go to Lake O'Hara. The cost for the shuttle is approximately $15.

And one last thing. In case you have not read the Hike Updates, you may not know that the Assiniboine add on is not going to happen this year as we could not secure accommodation for the desired period of time. Assiniboine will be tried again next summer using a different booking strategy.

Cristina Jacob

The group of NS Hikers who put the schedule together