On behalf of the board and members, the FMCBC extends its sincere condolences to the families and friends of two of our members who passed away during club trips this summer.
Peter Almerling, member of the BC Mountaineering Club and ACC Vancouver Section was critically injured in a skiing accident on Mt. Rainier on July 7th and succumbed to his injuries on July 11th. You can learn more about Peter on the BCMC website. Peter has left behind a young family and a “Donations Account” has been set up at TD for people wishing to make an anonymous donation in his memory.
Charles Turner, member of the ACC Vancouver Island Section and the Island Mountain Ramblers died on August 16th in a small plane crash while returning with other club members from a section camp. More details on the crash can be found on the CBC website. When Peter Rothermel sent us the news he wrote, "It is hard to believe that Charles Turner has passed. He made up part of the backbone of the Vancouver Island climbing community. He will be sorely missed."
Both accidents have come as a shock to our club members and their families. Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by these tragedies.
FMCBC AND CLUB NEWS
Ancient Forest Universal Boardwalk Officially Opened
Congratulations to the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club on the completion of the Universal Boardwalk at the Ancient Forest Trail this month. Several hundred people celebrated the official opening of the boardwalk on Sunday, August 4, 2013. The boardwalk has been designed to be wheelchair accessible allowing people of all ages and abilities to visit the forest and experience the wonder of the ancient cedars. The FMCBC added its support for the project this year through our Member Club Grant Program.
BC Parks Trail Work Volunteer Agreements and Liability Issues
Alex Wallace, Southwest BC Trails Committee Co-Chair
At a series of meetings on July 26th and 29th, 2013 with BC Parks a permanent resolution materialized to the issue of liability in regards to volunteers building trails and performing trail maintenance in BC Parks:
The Friends of Cypress Provincial Park were following up on this issue in detail to allow their Trail Watch program to continue: they were told on July 26th that BC Parks had rewritten the previous individual Trail Work Promissory Note into a completely new ”Individual volunteer services” form that allows individuals to be free of liability and indemnity (i.e. they do not have to indemnify the Province of BC, but must be ‘supervised’) and in many respects it does resemble the old form that was in place satisfactorily for years. Read More...
Howe Sound Crest Trail update
Alex Wallace, Southwest BC Trails Committee Co-Chair
Some more good news: BC Parks has come up with $45,000 in trail work funding for this season, and has indicated that $50,000 will be made available in the 2014 season to continue the Howe Sound Crest Upgrade work, which currently is focusing on rebuilding the switchbacks leading to St Marks Summit. FMCBC Southwest BC Trails Committee will be writing to Victoria in an effort to ensure that this funding continues.
IN THE NEWS
Kootenays resort developer and protesters clash over possible ice road - Globe and Mail, August 26, 2013
In the footsteps of Whistler's pioneering female mountaineers - The Question, August 21, 2013
Search and rescue crews warn about online-based groups - News1130, August 12, 2013
BC search and rescue model not sustainable, official warns - CBC News, August 11, 2013
A place of their own - Historic cabin ski camp at Hollyburn Ridge to seek heritage status as it nears centennial - The Vancouver Sun, August 3, 2013
Ancient Forest gets new life - Prince George Citizen, August 2, 2013
Up Close with a Grizzly: Interview with a Veteran Hiking Guide in the Rockies
The Coquitlam Search and Rescue Society is recruiting. You can attend their information session on September 25th to find out more.
CPAWS-BC is currently seeking volunteers from the Garibaldi-Pitt, Pemberton-Lillooet, Northern Cascades,Stein Nahatlach and South Chilcotin regions to put up posters asking people to report grizzly bear sightings. If you are interested in helping out contact us for more info.
Heading for a hike out of Lions Bay by bus? There's some improved service to the area that Robert Batt from North Shore Hikers has taken the time to research and share with us.
Friends of Garibaldi Park Society will be holding work parties this September to continue their work on improving the Black Tusk Trail. If you are interested in volunteering contact Kirsten Reinholz for more information.
Click here to view the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Cloudburst. We are looking fora cover photos and articles for our Fall/Winter 2013 issue. Email us your photos and articles by October 1st.
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