Preliminary schedule for the 2017 summer camp in Yoho National Park is now available
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.
The group of NS Hikers who put the schedule together
Doors open 7:00 pm, slideshows begin 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. Bring your mug.
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!
Current NSH members receive a 10% discount on regularly priced items at MEC. Now is the time to join or renew if you have not already done so.
MEC Vancouver, Thursday April 27, 2017, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. You must register with Beth at email@example.com before coming to this event.
Read on for details
NSH members will receive 10% off of all regularly priced items purchased that evening – including bikes and boats! All items must be in stock and purchased through the tills that evening in order to be eligible for the discount. The discount does not extend to the following items. (1) Clearance items, (2) All Blundstone products, (3) Items that are out of stock/not available at the Vancouver location, (4) Items that are already included in a packaged discount. Other restrictions may also apply.
Items can be put on hold up to 48 hours before the event, and can be picked up at the Member Services Desk during the clubnight. Items that have been purchased before the event cannot be returned and re-purchased at the discounted rate.
All NSH members who participate must also be members of Mountain Equipment Co-op in order to make a purchase. You can purchase an MEC membership ($5.00) that evening.
To celebrate Canada's 150 birthday, entry fees to Canada's National Parks will be waived in 2017. Note that you still need to order a "2017 Discovery Pass"! Just follow the instructions on their web page.
The Spearhead Huts Project is soliciting crowd funding.
Doors open 7:00 pm, slideshows begin 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. Bring your mug.
Renee will present Kangri(6,153m): trekking and climbing in the Indian Himalayas.
Bill Kincaid and Daphne Nagorsen will present The Big WOW: Hiking the Rockwall
High above the Indus Valley, this rarely trodden loop route traversed the magnificent Ladakh Mountains and highlighted with the ascent of Stok Kangri (6153m). The dramatic, stark scenery of this high altitude desert is softened only by the immense charm of the Ladakhi villages and their hardy inhabitants.
The loop was so “off the beaten path” that we did not even see one human being until Stok La pass, where we suddenly saw many people ascending from the regular route. From Stok La we shared the route with other hikers to the base camp. Our summit day started at midnight and we were all back to the base camp by noon. From the summit, panoramic views extended across Ladakh to the Karakorams, the Himalaya and into Tibet.
As a hugely unexpected surprise, the day that we were in Leh, the town where the trek began, we had the privilege of seeing the Dalai Lama! A video of Dalai Lama in a place as close as he can get to Tibet , will also be presented in the slide show.
The Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park is one of the most spectacular and popular multi-day hikes in the Rocky Mountains. Daphne Nagorsen and Bill Kinkaid, Past President and President of Nature Vancouver, will present a slide show and report on the Nature Vancouver backpack to the Rockwall in July 2016.
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?
mid-week activities coordinator
trail clearing coordinator
Elections will be held for the following positions.
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.
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)
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!