Yearly Archives: 2010

Phelix Hut: Goodbye Lisa and Jules

Our friends Lisa and Julian returned to Austria. Just before they left, they organized a slew of excellent parties. One of the parties involved skiing up to a backcountry hut belonging to the outdoor club (VOC) and spending a weekend … Continue reading

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Mexico: November Sun – Cycling in Baja California

The Decision: Vancouver – San Diego September was already rainy, October wasn’t much better. The famous “Mamas and the Papas” song “California Dreamin’ ” kept on going through my mind. The skies were indeed gray and the leaves were brown. … Continue reading

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Indian Arm: Kayaking Right From the City

Some highlights: – Indian Arm is located just on the other side of the city. It’s quite amazing how close it is – One literally leaves from town and ends up in this somewhat wild (albeit inhabited location). Many of … Continue reading

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Pebble Creek Hot Springs: and Mushroom Picking Too

On the way in we stopped to admire the devastation of the Capricorn Creek drainage by a huge slide (2nd biggest in recorded Canadian history) a few months ago. The section of road through the slide debris consists of a … Continue reading

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Tomyhoi Peak: and Yellow Aster Butte too!

Some things are different in the US. The cars are bigger, the people are fatter,  and the trails are much wider. We still had fresh memories of our eight day traverse on Vancouver Island where we seldom saw a trail, … Continue reading

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Dickson Peak: Yet Another Stormy Labour Day Weekend!

Over the long weekend we headed to Dickson Peak with our friends Jan and Warrick Whitehead. We were looking for a destination with some solitude, and we certainly found it. The lengthy drive, around four hours from Vancouver, the long … Continue reading

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Broken Group Islands: First Multi-day Kayaking Trip

A four day trip to the Broken Group Islands on Vancouver Island. Some highlights: – We were a group of 10 on a trip organized by Lisa, mostly since her parents were visiting. We met the evening before at a … Continue reading

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Elk-Westmin Traverse: Serendipity Strikes Twice in Strathcona

I love those funny coincidences that make so much sense and yet are so surprising. On the first day of this eight day trip, while hiking up the Elk River Trail, we met a group that had turned around from … Continue reading

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Lytton to Lillooet: A Loop Along the Mighty Fraser River

The plan was to cycle from Lytton to Lillooet along a gravel road running up the west side of the Fraser from Lytton to Lillooet, and return via highway #12 on the east side, in two days. We had meant … Continue reading

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Ring-Callaghan Traverse: Clawing the Thin Ice

I love frozen lakes. The thin ice covering them is like a call to arms. I feel drawn to the ice, to test it, walk on it, throw sticks and rocks at it, and am always surprised to see them … Continue reading

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