Category Archives: Birkenhead

Phelix Hut: A White Easter

It was 8pm on Thursday evening, and we were still undecided on what we would be doing on the Easter Long weekend, Friday to Monday. I guess we are kind of last minute people. That’s actually one of the privileges … Continue reading

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Twin Lakes: Crystal, Elliot and A Problem Marmot

I am drawn to places that are hard to get to, and visited by few. Yes, it’s harder to find information about these places, they require more effort and sometimes planning, but they offer solitude and an authentic experience. I … Continue reading

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Tenquille Lake: Summer Grand Finale

This has been an amazing summer. It started kind of slow with a very wet June, but July and August were pure sun. We’ve been lucky enough that this sunny weather continued on into September. On the first official day … Continue reading

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Phelix Hut: Spring Skiing and the Illusion of Summer

Last weekend we headed to the Phelix Hut. There is something nice about going back to a place that you’ve been to before, especially when there is so much to explore around it. Since the drive to the trail head … Continue reading

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Phelix Hut: J. R. R. Tolkien Lives On

The well known author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy supposedly died in 1973. However, in a small almost unknown corner of southwestern British Columbia, J. R. R. Tolkien lives on. I know this since I … Continue reading

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Saxifrage Mtn: In the Footsteps of Rachael and Jonathan

I only met Rachael once before she disappeared. It was Canada Day 2010, and we were both on a large VOC trip to Skypilot. The weather was crappy, there were no views, but we still had a good time and … Continue reading

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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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Phelix Hut: Pre New Year’s Trip and Blisters

We decided to spend four days at the Phelix Hut. We woke up early for the long drive – about three and a half hours north of Vancouver, past Pemberton, and up a logging road. Luckily this logging road is … Continue reading

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Place Glacier and Mt. Gardiner: Steep Trail and a Snowy Ridge

The hike up to Place Glacier was very steep with little respite for most of the 1340m elevation gain. There was a nice waterfall on the way up and some limited views backwards. Close to the end of the day … Continue reading

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