After last month's sad news of accidents occurring during club trips which claimed the lives of Peter Almerling and Charles Turner, we were alerted to another accident which took place this summer, claiming the life of ACC-Vancouver member, Ferdinand (Ferdl) Taxbock.  We asked Ron Dart, who knew and climbed with Ferdinand, to write a few words about him: 

"Most who knew Ferdl Taxbock could not help but be saddened by the news of his death in August 2013. Ferdl took a fatal fall when climbing with his daughters in the Bugaboos. I remember, with much fondness, the 7 day Wapta Traverse I did with Ferdl in the summer of 2007—many a peak climbed, many a fine memory, many photos taken, many a mountain tale recounted. Ferdl will be sorely missed in the BC and Albertan mountaineering communities. The last email I received from Ferdl was signed off with his typical European “Berg Heil”
Berg Heil, indeed, Ferdl."


FMCBC Member Club Grant Project Underway
By Doug Smith, FMCBC Director for the Kamloops Hiking Club

Kamloops Hiking Club has been working with the Kamloops Thompson Trails Alliance on improving the Isobel Lake facility and work has now started with the generous support of FMCBC. 

The Kamloops Thompson Trails Alliance has undertaken an ambitious multi-year project to complete and enhance the low mobility trail system and related facilities at Isobel Lake, 25 km. north of Kamloops.

This project was started in 1994 by the BC Forest Service, but the trail system remains incomplete and many of the facilities were never constructed. School District #73 uses Isobel Lake for environmental education along with its nearby McQueen Lake Environmental Centre. Isobel Lake is well suited for this low mobility accessible project, which is expected to be welcomed as a recreational retreat for seniors and low mobility individuals of all ages. The trails and facilities will be built to current Parks Canada standards and allow both day use and camping opportunities.  Read More.

Back in the Swing of Things
Jodi Appleton, FMCBC Program and Administration Manager

After most of our directors and committee members took a summer break from their FMCBC duties, we're now back at it and will be reporting out soon on our progress with various projects.  The Southwest BC Recreation and Conservation Committee had a meeting on September 16th where they discussed topics such as ORV licensing, parking for backcountry skiers at Mt. Seymour and Cypress Mountain and the Sea to Sky Gondola project.  We have a Trails Committee meeting planned for October 1st and we'll be putting together the next issue of Cloudburst in November.  We're really looking for some help with our Outreach/Communications Committee and we'd like to get a Fundraising Committee going again so if you are interested in getting involved we are looking for some new volunteers to help with some of our projects for the fall and winter.  Contact me for more information.


Province urged to act to save grizzlies of southwestern BC - The Vancouver Sun, September 24, 2013

Rescue association proposes charging user fees on outdoor activities - The Vancouver Sun, September 18, 2013

Bear Witness: a film by BC's Coastal First Nations - a film about First Nations and scientists working together to protect bears from trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest

Avatar Grove Boardwalk - check out this great trail project that's been happening in Port Renfrew.  A few volunteers can make such a difference.


We're looking for more articles for Cloudburst - let us know what you and your club have been up to this summer or what you have planned for the winter.  We accept club trip reports, educational articles, poems and stories.  Please email them in by October 15th.  If you have questions, contact Jodi for details.

FMCBC's new website is now up and running.  We've got more content to add still and bugs to work out, but pay us a visit soon and send us your feedback.
A tentative date for this year’s Annual Public Forum for Jasper National Park has been set for Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  If you are interested in attending and want to know when and where the meeting will be happening you can contact the Office of the Superintendent at 780-852-6171 or

Brian Wood, FMCBC Past President, SW BC Rec & Con Committee Co-Chair and active BCMC member is on his way to Mt. Kilimanjaro to participate in the 2013 Ascent for Alzheimer's.  There's still time to offer your support by making a donation.  We hope you have a great trip, Brian!

 Click here to view the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Cloudburst!Visit the Canadian Avalanche Centre for current conditions and bulletins
Visit Bivouac via the FMCBC website to report Off Road Vehicle infractions
Visit Canada Helps to make a donation to the FMCBC - All donations go towards our Member Club Grant Program
The FMCBC is always looking for volunteers. Click here to find out how you can get involved.

As always the FMCBC would like to thank Mountain Equipment Co-op for supporting the FMCBC through their generous contribution of office space from which to base our administration.

The mission of the FMCBC is to advocate for safe, self-propelled activities (such as hiking, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, trail running and other backcountry activities) and the protection of BC's backcountry for current and future generations to experience.
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