Category Archives: Club news

8 members took Avalanche Skills Training Course (AST-1)

News item from Alastair, who organized this deal:

At the end of February, the NSH used some money that was bequeathed to it to subsidize an Avalanche Skills Training Course (AST-1). The deal was that the NSH would pay for half the cost of the course (normally approx $300/person), if the member pledged to lead 2 or 3 trips before November. Eight members accepted the offer. So, if you have a trip that you have long wanted to do, this is your chance.

They owe us!

The members were: Susan Allen, Joanne Boutin, Dorothy Gamble, Tyne Jomkasiti, Phyllis Mallett, Ramona Muljar, Karen Peters, and Shamim Shivji.

What is going on men?

The weekend course was held by Canada West Mountain School, and we were given a substantially reduced rate because we are a club; and because we provided a full course of 8 participants. Our members all learned a lot; and had a good time. They are a mix of A to D hikers, cyclists, and skiers. And they are eager to lead trips!

So please don’t hesitate to send one of them, your request.

Irene Miller

In February, North Shore Hikers lost a longtime member, Irene Miller, after a short illness at the age of 88. Irene was best known as our A hike coordinator leading hikes until 3 years ago! She held this position for many years and seemed to have a knack of getting members to volunteer to lead hikes. Irene’s knowledge of the north shore mountains was exemplary. For many of us, it helped us understand the maze of trails in the region. Her good sense of direction made it look easy to return to the trail head without getting lost. As a member for over 30 years, she holds the record for leading the most hikes for the club.

She was a very private person. We never knew exactly how old she was even refusing to disclose it to the medics when she needed first aid having injured herself on a hike. Many of us also didn’t realize that she was well known in other outdoor clubs, volunteering on their executives as well!

Irene will be remembered for her dedication, reliability, and conscientiousness during the years she devoted to providing and organizing hikes.

Her husband predeceased her 3 years ago and she leaves behind a son and daughter. The NSH have lost a member who will be thought of with great fondness for years to come.

Irene Miller Irene Miller

By Beth Kitts