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Asulkan Valley Base Camp

The original scheme for this trip was to ski some big lines in one of the more seldom visited, but undeniably magnificent areas of Southwest BC; The Tantalus Range. In the days leading up to the pre-trip however, conditions were … Continue reading

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A Minor Fiasco (Red Heather January 22)

Participants: Old, flappy Jeff Mottershead and Devlin Mottershead I’m supposed to be a climber, but even in the middle of summer my son, Devlin, would rather hike up to some random snow patch or glacier and get some turns in … Continue reading

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Womyn’s Ski Traverse Trip Report

Date: April 9-10, 2016 Route: Blackcomb-Currie Traverse (~ 35km, 2,200m elevation gain) Group: Line Veenstra, Caitlin Schneider, Petra Klupkova, Katie McMahen, Alex Annejohn, Rachel Baldwin, Veronika Schmitt, Klara Steklova, Sarka Vavrova Line took the initiative to organize what has become … Continue reading

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New Year Fiasco in Kootenay Part 1

This is a story about how I and my girlfriend Dina went for a ski tour in Kootenays for the 2015-2016 winter break. The trip started on Dec 28th 2015 and finished on Jan 2nd 2015. From my previous experience … Continue reading

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Burns ‘n’ Turns Part III: Theme Song ©Jim Steinman, with substitutions by Amanda M. Johnson

(Turned around) Every now and then I venture into backcountry when I know I’m not prepared (Turned around) Every now and then I don’t try out rental gear before I hit the trail (Turned around) Every now and then I … Continue reading

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Brew Hut debacle lives up to its name

The day started bright and early, with my pack readied the night before and my lovingly prepared sandwiches, avy gear, and flask of rum ready by the door. This being my first VOC trip other than Longhike (which according to … Continue reading

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Nov 8-9: (ad)Venture up Brew Hut

I was dying to escape the city when I signed up for the Brew Hut trip. Saturday morning finally came around, and though already exhausted, I eagerly “popped out of the ground” at Burrard Station to meet with Roland and … Continue reading

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Scraping up the Scree – Beginner Friendly Scrambling in Wedgemount Lake

Standing outside my house early on Saturday morning, my pack fully loaded with gear, I was struck by how quiet and serene the city is in the early hours of the morning, while most normal people are still in bed. … Continue reading

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Helicopters, Fire, and Neon Orange Cheese-Rolling Brew Hutting

(The three explorers Roland, Nishant and I set off to obtain helicopter nets and then set off to Brew Hut. Our goal on this trip was to helicopter 3 metric tons of firewood up to Brew Hut. We were on … Continue reading

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Hiking The West Coast Trail, As We Do

At 1:00 pm on May 12th, Gabe, Carly, Stephen, Nathan and I all set out from Kitsilano to the West Coast Trail. We ferried to Nanaimo then dove to my place in Comox to pick up my truck, have dinner, … Continue reading

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