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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

Christmas Potluck Party


Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 .

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. A non-alcoholic punch will be provided.

 Following dinner, Mariken Van Nimwegen will present a slideshow "Crossing the Sinai Desert with the Bedouin”

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

Slideshow at 8:00 p.m.

Cash donations to the Food Bank welcome.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Beth Kitts,
Membership Secretary NSH 

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


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

May-July Schedule as of 4-29-2016

Our new activities schedule is now available!

For the most current schedule, go to the schedule list on this web site.

After you have logged in as a member, you may click on the following link to obtain a .pdf version of the schedule as of April 29, 2016.


You need to check on website schedule often as new/changes on hike(s) will be added.

Don't miss a hike - Subscribe to the FORUM(s)

Happy Hiking!!

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.

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