April 14, Slideshow and Social

SUNRISE COMMUNITY CENTRE, 1950 Windermere St., Vancouver.

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

  1. Cycling the Elbe: a 1000 kilometre ride from Prague to the North Sea.
    By Yvonne Price
  2. Cypress Provincial Park
    A short slideshow and plea for hikers to help with trail work in Cypress Provincial Park a couple of times this year- ongoing bog bridge building.
    By Anne Leathem
  3. Canadian flag flying high in the Carpathian Alps of Romania
    By Cristina Jacob and Patricia Morris

Presentation by Sandy Allan, Scottish mountaineer and author, on his new book

Author Sandy Allan speaks about his book: In Some Lost Place
Presentation hosted by Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C., April 5th
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e0ab7dcb86f40f537c59e118f/images/5879becf-ef33-4172-ba72-29edac71f4c9.jpgThe FMCBC will be hosting a presentation by Sandy Allan, Scottish mountaineer and author of the 2015 book In Some Lost Place: The first ascent of Nanga Parbat’s Mazeno Ridge (which received a glowing review by Mike Nash in our Fall/Winter edition of Cloudburst). Sandy will speak about his experiences climbing what was previously widely regarded as 'the last great climb' of the Himalaya—the giant Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth highest mountain. His team’s ascent took 18 days, the last four of which were endured without food and water.  Come listen to Sandy describe his epic journey to the top and to find out what’s next for this storied climber.
Date: Tuesday, April 5th
Time:  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.
Cost:  Admission is by donation (suggested donation is $5)
Location:  Langara College - 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC - Room A136a How to get there:

·         Directions (Transit & Car)
·         Campus Map
·         Building Map
·         Parking - $3.50 flat rate after 5pm – payment can be made at any parking pay station on campus

Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. If you are interested in volunteering,  email jodi.appleton@mountainclubs.org

Bowen Island Takes Responsibility for the Trails on Mount Gardner

After three years of hiking Mount Gardner, mapping the trails, and negotiating with the Province, The Rotary Club of Bowen Island — on behalf of the community — will sign an agreement with Recreation Sites and Trails BC. The official signing will take place in Collins Hall at an event beginning at 6:30 PM, Thursday, March 17. All who are interested are invited.

Participating in the signing is Tom Blackbird, the District Recreation Officer for this region. Blackbird’s office is in Chilliwack, and Bowen Island is on the westernmost verge of his district. Also, from the Province’s Sea-To-Sky office in Squamish is Tennessee Trent, Manager - Trails, Recreation Sites and Trails, for all of the Province of British Columbia.

Blackbird and Trent have asked to see some of the trails during this visit. Interested hikers are welcome to join the group on the mountain. The initial arrangements are still tentative, but the plan is that Blackbird and Trent will arrive from the mainland on a late morning ferry sailing. Sometime later a group will hike up the mountain starting at the Kiosk at the upper end of Laura Road. Probably the destination will be the North Summit.

Those wishing to participate in the hike should watch https://twitter.com/bowenrotary for updates, including up-to-the-minutes tweets on March 17. Note: this is not an escorted mountain hike. Anyone who joins the group must be an experienced hiker who is completely responsible for her/his own route-finding, gear (including appropriate clothing, food and water), and personal safety.

The Trails Agreement expects that the community will provide routine observation and maintenance of the trails. In return, the polygon of crown lands that include the trails will becomes designated a Recreation Site under Section 56 of the Forest and Range Act.

In 2014 the Undercurrent published a well-researched article on the Rotary Trails Project that described the conditions of the trails and the reasons and advantages for this community taking control of the recreational use of the mountain. http://www.bowenislandundercurrent.com/news/bowen-rotary-maps-mount-gardner-1.915730

While the Municipality of Bowen Island is not in a position to be responsible for those trails, the trailheads, parking areas and kiosks are on municipal land. BIM Council recognized the economic benefits that result from visitors who travel to Bowen Island to hike, and the value of this resource for its citizens. Council has agreed that the municipality will continue to provide appropriate access.

The event at Collins Hall on March 17 will begin at 6:30 PM with a welcome to all visitors. There will be a short explanation of the agreement by some of the signing parties. This will be followed by the official signing. The remainder of the evening will be a potluck dinner. Visitors are most welcome!

Those interested participating in the hike, the signing, or the dinner should call Robert Ballantyne before noon on Wednesday, March 16, at 604.947.0815.

Robert Ballantyne 604 947 0815 Rotary PR Director
Denis Lynn 604 947 9806 Rotary Past President


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


$75 donated to the Food Bank by NSH

North Shore Hikers along with their family and friends enjoyed a potluck feast while Jill and Anne volunteered to cook turkey and ham making the dinner complete. There was singing of the "12 Days of Xmas" as well as secret door prizes left by Santa that were claimed by 3 lucky members.
A big thank you to Bill who presented a slideshow on "Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies". At the end of the evening, when the cash was counted, a donation of $75 went to the Food Bank. Well done everyone and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Beth Kitts,
Membership Secretary NSH

Summer Scrambles Camp

July 24th - 31st, 2016 - Waterton Scrambles Camp

We are planning a car camp at the Waterton Townsite Campground in the southern Canadian Rockies about 13 hours drive (1206 km) from Vancouver.  This will be the base for scrambles (C hikes) in Waterton National Park.  The maximum group size is 10.  You must be a current NSH member in order to signup.

If you are interested, please contact: Bill Myrtle myrtle_bill@yahoo.ca  604-253-6447



Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 .

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 and a non-alcoholic punch will be provided.

 Following dinner, Bill Myrtle will thrill us with "C Hike Scrambles--2015 Summer Camp in Banff"

155 Group atop Mt. Cory south summit

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

Slideshow at 8:00 p.m.

Surprise Door Prize!

Cash donations to the Food Bank welcome.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Beth Kitts,
Membership Secretary NSH 

Photo Contest Results

At this year's AGM, which took place last Thursday, November 5, the attendance voted for the best pictures entered in the Club's Photo Contest. The contest ran for 5 months starting in June and was open to all club members submitting pictures taken on recent club trips. The winners are:
Bill Myrtle for "Grizzly Yearling", taken at Paradise Valley, Lake Louise area - ANIMALS category

Bengul Kurtar for "Snack Time", taken at Hat Mountain Lookout - PEOPLE category

Patricia Morris for "Fungus", taken at Hanes Valley - PLANTS category

Yvonne Price for "Larches in the Mist" and Bill Myrtle for "Into the Cloud", both taken at Mt. Frosty - SCENERY category



The winners will receive $100 each (the tied winners will split the prize) and their photos will be featured on our Facebook. All participants to the contest will be recognized at our club's Christmas party on December 10, when a slide show will be run to showcase all the pictures entered in the contest.

Based on the enthusiasm that the photo contest created in the club we will consider running it again next year. For this year's contest we had 12 participants  and hopefully next year we will have even more. Check our website for future announcements and keep taking those cameras on the club's hikes.

Cristina Jacob,

Photo Contest Organizer

Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour

Hello Fellow Outdoor Enthusiasts,

It's that time of year again. Time to ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. The 2015/16 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 40th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities in 40 countries around the world. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

This year the Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section will once again be hosting TWO EVENINGS of the Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour in the Vancouver Area. As a fellow outdoor enthusiast and outdoor club member, the ACC thought we would share the following event information with you. There are two different playbills A & B – you can go both nights to see them all! Please pass this information onto your fellow outdoor club members, as well as anyone else who may enjoy the shows. Please feel free to share the film fest information and attached poster on your Outdoor Club's event page, newsletters, calendars, email lists, bulletin boards, etc.

The Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday, DEC. 4 at the Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale Ave, North
    Vancouver) Program A; Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, DEC. 5 at the Centre Theatre (777 Homer St., Vancouver)
    Program B; Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:30pm

All shows will start at 7:30pm and tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased online at http://accvancouver.ca/bmff-world-tour. Please note that the shows have sold out in the past years, so get your tickets early!

For more information please visit: http://accvancouver.ca/bmff-world-tour

If you have any questions or would like further information, please don't hesitate to contact the World Tour Team by email at bmffworldtour@accvancouver.ca

Thank you very much for your time and we hope to see you at the show!

Be moved. Be Inspired!

Amber McMinn
ACC - Vancouver Section
Banff Mtn. Film Fest World Tour Team

Public Consultation for protection of Ancient Forest

Fellow hikers please note that the province is currently accepting email comments on a plan to preserve the Ancient Forest near Prince George likely under a “Class A” provincial park designation.  Click here to view the press release.  FMCBC’s Member Club, the Caledonia Ramblers, has been working on building trails and boardwalks in the Ancient Forest for several years now and would appreciate support for this plan.

To participate in the public consultation process please review the consultation paper and then send a letter of support to ancientforest@gov.bc.ca before November 2nd (4pm).

Cristina,  NSH Delegate to FMCBC