North Shore Hikers Insurance

I created a summary of info about insurance that our club buys through FMCBC. If you're logged into northshorehikers.org, you can find it linked from the page FMCBC Insurance & Advocacy, which is in the NEWS submenu.

Most important point:

Our FMCBC insurance protects only against liability - not personal injuries, nor emergency rescue, nor medical costs etc, unless they are part of a successful legal claim of negligence. Only defense costs and claims settlement are covered.

Mark Latham
North Shore Hikers Rep to FMCBC

FMCBC Advocacy

From your $25 annual membership in North Shore Hikers, $8 buys liability insurance through the Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia (FMCBC, or the Fed), and $10 pays for the Fed's operations, which primarily focus on advocating to the B.C. government for back-country recreation and conservation.

To let you know what advocacy work the Fed does, its Executive Director writes a monthly report to Club Reps, and I've started posting those reports on our website at northshorehikers.org/news-placeholder/fmcbc-insurance-advocacy. Logged-in members can read them via that page, which is in the News dropdown menu.

There you can also read my draft report on some problems at the Fed, including an increasing annual deficit and loss of democratic accountability to us members. Feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas etc.

Mark Latham
North Shore Hikers Rep to FMCBC
mark@votermedia.org

Avalanche safety information study — your feedback requested

The Avalanche Research Program at Simon Fraser University, Avalanche Canada and several U.S. Avalanche Forecast Centers are conducting a large online survey to examine how backcountry recreationists—skiers, mountain snowmobilers, snowshoers and ice climbers—seek and use avalanche safety information. See

https://avbulletin.avalancheresearch.ca/?fbclid=IwAR2nzeyioKqnb5n1t6OnvMOfs5b8hwD8gmFLnJek5bdYD_1WQe0uKZlaiLs

Obituary Fritz

It is with regret that I  announce the passing of Fritz Durst on March  9th, as announced in the Vancouver Sun March 29, 2019. He was a strong NSH member in the 70’s and 80’s. He was visually challenged. In a hike, it was always a pleasure to hold a ski pole in front of him while he was holding the other end, feeling all the movement of the front person and all the while making interesting conversation and enjoying the environment. He was strong even doing snowshoeing and always in good spirits, even if he would miss a step and stumble which happened rarely.
It was an honour and a pleasure to have known and hiked with him.

Gabriel Mazoret

March 13 Slideshow…a time to renew acquaintances

We had a great turnout to the March 13 Slideshow with members from “Golden Agers” joining us to hear the excellent talk by Kelley Cook about the rebuilding of the Hudson Bay Company trail. Her insight into the history was especially interesting. There were maps and books for sale and can be purchased at the Hope Tourist Office.

Many thanks to Angela who wetted our interest in the Italian Dolomites with marvellous photos of their unique structure. Her recommendation of the Road Scholar touring group was informative.

Thanks to all who provided refreshments, technical support and cleaning up.

 

Be sure to mark your calendars with our next social....June 13: Potluck Summer Picnic and Slideshow- Patagonia by Bill Myrtle. See you
Beth