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apogee

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 8, 2008 - 01:43am PT
A thread devoted to the appreciation of many things Canadian, especially the people I have known.

While I have been in awe and envy of the mountains, stone and sea that fills their country (especially the west end), it is the quality of the people that has impressed me most. From those I have known personally who have been important role models and mentors (Phil Hammer, Mark Miller, Brian Spear, Butch Greer); to those I have an acquaintance with at best (Ken Wylie); to those I have never met yet they still impress, inspire and educate me (Murray Toft, Don Serl, John Clarke), to the wonderful minds here on ST (MightyHiker, Tami), to many others that my dissolving memory can’t immediately recall…

Not to sound trite, but I have noticed an uncanny consistency in the qualities of the Canadians I have encountered, including great intelligence, articulation, rationality, an unending desire for true adventure, wickedly dry humor, and a self-effacing humility that the rest of the world could take many lessons from.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Dec 8, 2008 - 01:50am PT
Big Agree !!!! and you articulate so well are you Canadian also ? (Seriously)

Nice Thread Apogee ! Peace and Joy to Canadians and the world at large. Oh, that we could all agree to disagree on our differences and still love each other .... watch each others back .... and send the helping thread to those that need it. Keep trying, don't give up or let life tell you it can't be done. Yo, together it can. Oh well, just sayin' ..lrl
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Dec 8, 2008 - 01:54am PT
Thanks apogee.
Glad to see you cite Mighty Murray, Surly Don and our most wonderful John Clarke. He is sadly missed.
And , of course, you mention Anders> BC climbing access would be a much more pathetic concept in the absence of Anders.

I'm gonna take this opportunity, thread drift or no, to type my disappointment at the written spew that some ST folks get going on when others disagree with their facts, their point or their opinion. Note the lack of adjectives on the words 'facts', 'point' or 'opinion'.

Yeah....
I'd like to type more but I'm not gonna. It really isn't worth it and this isn't the place.

Again, apogee, thanks for your vote of confidence fer the Grate White North. Land of moose, mountains and mounties.
Have a brewski, eh?
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Dec 8, 2008 - 04:26am PT
Skaha



Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Dec 8, 2008 - 04:30am PT
Bugaboo



Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 8, 2008 - 04:50am PT
Tami, I smell what your thinking/saying. No need to say much more. I chock it up to human nature, however vague that may sound. People attack that which they can't or don't want to understand. "Walk a mile in their shoes..." No-one does that anymore.

BTW, Canadians are groovy.
Jennie

Trad climber
Idaho Falls
Dec 8, 2008 - 07:40am PT
Though all international friendships have stress, Canada has been the nation most forgiving of our failings, most tolerant of our triumphs and not required billions as the price of friendship. World alliances change through history but the USA retains the best true friend of her youth.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 8, 2008 - 08:55am PT
Yah, three cheers for Canada and Canadians.

apogee:
While I have been in awe and envy of the mountains, stone and sea that fills their
country (especially the west end), it is the quality of the people that has impressed me most.



And I'll put in a good word for the east end of the country, as well.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 8, 2008 - 08:57am PT
Not to mention, the great North.

Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:12pm PT
Nice comments directed to those of us in the 'great white north.'

Average Canadians just like average Americans are usually great people.

Cheers,

Doug
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:14pm PT
Now if you'd just keep those cold fronts to yourselves!
6°F here at sunrise this morning.
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:17pm PT
Point taken!

:)

Doug
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Where are YOU from?
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:20pm PT
I like Canada.
With folks up there like Ottawa Doug, Pete, Anders, Tami, Bob Shafto, and too many more to name here, how could one ever go wrong?
Canada & it's inhabitants are A-ok, in my book.
Woohoo!
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:33pm PT
I'm from the Desjardins clan.
Jim E

climber
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:36pm PT
Liking Canadians will be key when Canada becomes the 51st state of the USA.

































just kidding.
I do love Canada, though.
I'm 50% Canadian and that 50% is 50% French, 25% Swede, and 25% Mi'kmaq.
edit: I'm sure it's not exact. no doubt there's some other blood lines in that mix.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:47pm PT
Not to sound trite, but I have noticed an uncanny consistency in the qualities of the Canadians I have encountered, including great intelligence, articulation, rationality, an unending desire for true adventure, wickedly dry humor, and a self-effacing humility that the rest of the world could take many lessons from.

Amazing. It's hard to believe that the old trick still works. We somehow convinced you guys -- a hundred years ago or something -- that were were nice, humble, friendly people. Kind of bumbly and slow, but at least the kind of neighbors you didn't have to worry about. You bought it, and ever since then we've been stealthily moving south, stealing your wimmin, raping your cattle, taking all the good jobs... And you love us for it!!! Who says you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

Ha! Soon all your base are belong to us. Then you will find out how nice we really are.
Jim E

climber
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:53pm PT

dirtbag

climber
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:55pm PT
We should go up there with a a few million troops and take "their" oil. Canada is rightly ours!
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:58pm PT
And then there are the stealth Canadians, infiltrating American life, taking over from within. I guess Chouinard's out of the closet now, so no point in pretending he's anything but what he is.

Q: What well-known climber and writer, who sometimes posts to SuperTopo, is by birth a Canadian?

Hint: Not Ghost, and Ghost isn't allowed to play.

ps More Arctic air masses on their way. It sorts of balances, eh?
Llama

Big Wall climber
The bubble that is Irvine, CA
Dec 8, 2008 - 01:02pm PT
How is it possible that PTPP hasn't chimed in on this one yet?!

HELLOOOOOOOOOOO PETE! WHERE ARE YOU?
MisterE

Trad climber
My Inner Nut
Dec 8, 2008 - 01:56pm PT
Yay for Canadians!

Victoria Bouldering Crew
Peter Croft
Hamish Fraser
Perry Beckham
Sonnie Trotter
Anders Ourem
Murray Sovereign
Tami Knight
Paul Mahony
Patrick Morrow
Walter Wilcox
Dave Lane
Robin Barley

Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Where are YOU from?
Dec 8, 2008 - 04:22pm PT
PETE!!!!!!!!!!!

WHERE ARE YOUUUUU??????????

He'll be upset that he missed it, eh?
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Dec 8, 2008 - 06:23pm PT
I love Canada. The guides and climbers are highly respected. The hut system knows no equal and the whole country loves their outdoor sports. That is my impression anyway. The climbing in Canada ups the anty to a full on Alpine experience. Canada Rocks!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 8, 2008 - 06:37pm PT
Peace-loving Canadian humor

http://www.satirewire.com/news/feb02/warship.shtml

And also: http://www.satirewire.com/news/july02/canada_invasion.shtml
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 8, 2008 - 06:42pm PT
David's links are all the wittier in that in 1945, Canada had the fourth largest military navy in the world. And in the 1930s, the Canadian general staff drew up plans to invade the U.S. Not just Alaska, either.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Where are YOU from?
Dec 8, 2008 - 07:33pm PT
PETE!!!!

Dude, yer missin' it!!!!
Yay, Canada!

Added Bonus....Baffin Island is in Canada.
Jack Burns

climber
Dec 8, 2008 - 07:47pm PT
Partying with Canadians is way enduro
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 8, 2008 - 07:53pm PT
Added Bonus....Baffin Island is in Canada

Which reminds me of something...

Americans are world-famous for their lack of geographical knowledge, but they are not alone in their ignorance. When I was organizing my first trip to Baffin in 1979, I went to the Air Canada Cargo office at Vancouver International and asked if they could transport a big crate of supplies and equipment for me from Vancouver to what is now called Iqaluit (then Frobisher Bay), the main town on Baffin.

When I told the cargo agent that crate was about the size of a coffin and weighed 250 pounds, he became very concerned for me, saying "Oh, sure, we can get your box there for you, but it will be quite expensive. I think you could save a lot of money if you shipped it by train instead."

I thanked him for his concern and tried to find a nicest way I could to explain that there wasn't a railroad track within a thousand miles of Baffin Island.

And this guy's job was to know geography...
Porkchop_express

Trad climber
thats what she said...
Dec 8, 2008 - 07:54pm PT
I was on the road for four months, covering most of the western states and even hitting AK by way of Canada. In squamish,a kindly Candadian gent named Ed offered my wife and I a place to crash and a great meal. We were regaled with tales of international climbing adventures and more mundane facets of life and labor...We were treated like real friends when we looked and smelled as though we had passed out of the entrails of some prehistoric beast.

Y'all are good people. Many thanks.

(less than a week after crossing back into the US we got robbed and almost had to bail on the whole thing.)

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 8, 2008 - 08:16pm PT
Porkchop: Can you say more about this Ed?

One of my closest long-time friends (and partner on many fine climbs) is named Ed and lives in Squamish. I wonder if it's him.
Coldfinger

Mountain climber
Bethany, CT
Dec 8, 2008 - 09:40pm PT
American Alpine Club could learn a lot about a hut system from the Canadian Alpine Club. Plus, all Canadians I have met while climbing are way more "foodie" than U.S. climbers and American public at large. Climbed Assiniboine with a couple of Canadians I met at the Naissut huts below the mountain, and on the summit they broke out a bottle of wine, a tin of smoked fish and some decent bread plus some nuts and raw veggies!!! I was in awe and have tried to up the standards of my summits ever since. Yeah, Canadians ROCK!
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Dec 11, 2008 - 05:25pm PT




Canadian Bump!
TradIsGood

Chalkless climber
the Gunks end of the country
Dec 11, 2008 - 05:31pm PT
:-)

I kind of appreciate that they just refused to buy carbon credits, despite being a Kyoto signatory.

It is a cool place to visit.

How hard is it to immigrate?

Not for golfers?
Blinny

Trad climber
HighAtopTheDrumlin
Dec 11, 2008 - 05:40pm PT
Here's what I'm lovin'. . .



Tiz the season for skeezin. . . and Fernie, BC ROCKS. . . except for the crowds, that is.



YAY.

eKat
Chris2

Trad climber
Dec 11, 2008 - 05:50pm PT
Oh Canada...

http://www.pch.gc.ca/PROGS/CPSC-CCSP/sc-cs/MP3/O-Canada-eng.MP3

A beautiful National Anthem.
matisse

climber
Dec 11, 2008 - 05:50pm PT
Hurray for the home and native land


especially fer the far east bye
Mike.

climber
Dec 11, 2008 - 05:57pm PT
I think the Porno Passer is underground. He would never miss a chance like this to eh, eh?


Remember Peter Jennings!

And Riley...can't shake that "aboot" neither.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Where are YOU from?
Dec 11, 2008 - 06:13pm PT
Yeah, I think you're right, Mike....he said something aboot caving....There's an 'under'taking, eh?

Sorry....
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
somewhere without avatars.........
Dec 11, 2008 - 06:57pm PT
Well, when he does come back above ground, I suppose you guys could just get a room already or something, eh... Sheesh! lol
MisterE

Trad climber
My Inner Nut
Dec 11, 2008 - 10:10pm PT
The whole Canadian Rockies area pretty much rocks year round.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 11, 2008 - 10:44pm PT
You mean they "rubble" year round, don't you?
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Dec 11, 2008 - 10:59pm PT
Nice shot of Gimli Peak south ridge Oplopanax. And where is PTPP?
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Dec 11, 2008 - 11:11pm PT
Apogee wrote, "but I have noticed an uncanny consistency in the qualities of the Canadians I have encountered, including great intelligence, articulation, rationality, ... and a self-effacing humility that the rest of the world could take many lessons from."

^^ Yeah, like that's us, for sure. ^^



So like, take OFF, eh? I was indeed caving in Kentucky - we spent four days underground and found lots more cool stuff in the world's longest cave, the Mammoth system.

Thanks for your kind words. I'm proud to be a Hoser, but nothing thrilled me more to learn I am also a Merrican, thanks to my dad being from Minnesota. It's pretty handy having two passports when you're crossing the border. ;)

Chris2 - there is no "h" in O Canada!

And apogee - a preposition is a bad thing to end a sentence with, eh?

Cheers and beers,
Pete
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Dec 12, 2008 - 02:01am PT
I dig Canada...
what's not to like? Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Cowboy Junkies..

and climbing there is great...


lots of good memories


great summer weather!


real glaciers


lady bugs!!


one of the all time great highways in the world


You could live a hundred lifetimes and not exhaust the good places to go there.

My only gripe is that Canadians talk funny, except the Québécois... words like "glacier."

We were at the Athabasca Hotel after stuffing Loonies into the pay shower at the laundromat... the waitress was very nice and complemented us on the fact that we showered before buying dinner... after being outback for 11 days (3 of which are depicted in the camping scene on the Columbia Icefields above)... my friend Mike ordered a bottle of Almaden (ok, so the wine list wasn't that sophisticated) and our waitress took it upon herself to correct his pronunciation...
"AL-mod-in" which Mike took issue with... the debate went back and forth, Mike finally pronounced his authority on this, he had grown up in Almaden Valley (long before it was "Silicon Valley")... end of argument...

...what's with the diction?

anyway, it was a great dinner, the beef is excellent and after 11 days of even my camp cooking it was fun to have something that didn't have to be reconstituted with the addition of water, usually a hard one battle involving a change-of-state...

MisterE

Trad climber
My Inner Nut
Dec 12, 2008 - 02:03am PT
Oooo! MightyHiker ladybug troll!
apogee

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 12, 2008 - 02:27am PT
PTPP:

"...but I have noticed an uncanny consistency in the qualities of the Canadians I have encountered, including great intelligence, articulation, rationality, ... and a self-effacing humility from which the rest of the world could take many lessons."

Better?

I forgot to mention the Canucks incredible sense of sentence structure.
MisterE

Trad climber
My Inner Nut
Dec 12, 2008 - 02:30am PT
Bugaboos

MisterE

Trad climber
My Inner Nut
Dec 12, 2008 - 02:36am PT
What's not to like?

Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Where are YOU from?
Dec 13, 2008 - 12:09am PT
O Canada!!!!
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Dec 13, 2008 - 01:46am PT
.........The Habs are the "Canadiens".

Yes, the "e" does matter.

apogee

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2008 - 04:31pm PT
Chris2

Trad climber
Dec 13, 2008 - 04:41pm PT
O Canada...(I do love that song). When the Canadians win an Olympic medal, I always try to be near the tele to hear the your anthem.
Scott Wayland

climber
Dec 13, 2008 - 04:55pm PT
More Canadian peaks and climbing photos, please! I made many trips into the Rockies (7 or 8), got up some peaks, sat around in the rain and snow a lot, and have a deep, abiding love for the place and its people. I don't know if I'll ever be back, but some of my fondest memories are of climbing in Canada.

One fine experience was waking up after an open bivy on the descent from the East Ridge of Mt. Temple. We'd climbed that long couloir on the north face in very icy conditions to gain the ridge. Crap for rock, glorious weather, we awoke to a stunning panorama of the Valley of the Ten Peaks in the golden light of dawn. I consider that to be one of the best mornings of my life. The woman who would become my wife was with me on that one. It remains one of our greatest adventures. We hiked down through Larch Valley in a blissful daze. Oh, Canada!

Scott
apogee

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2008 - 05:28pm PT

My 'apogee' license plate has lived here for 15 years.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 13, 2008 - 09:37pm PT
hey there... say, tonight i'm starting backwards here... not sure if i already posted here, or not, but:

three cheers for cananda, a most beautiful and vast land of beauty---though i have never been there, i sure love the pics... though i have never been there, i reckon i'd sure the folks i'd run into, too...

and, though i love the pics, i must confess---i surely reckon that the winters must be a mite hard up there... :)
so i've heard tell...

:)

love that cananda, though...
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Dec 13, 2008 - 11:37pm PT
neebee with all due respect ,it's "Canada".

That last lovely pic is a peekaboo view of E Ridge Temple from the highway. A big route - sorry its in "Fifty Crowded Climbs".

Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Dec 14, 2008 - 02:26pm PT












MisterE

Trad climber
My Inner Nut
Dec 14, 2008 - 02:48pm PT
MH2

climber
Dec 14, 2008 - 03:19pm PT

Young snots, not that this forum has any, probably don't realize how big the ranges are up here 'cause they don't get to wait for Oplopanax to come down over dial-up.

Canada isn't all snow, rubble, and hockey.

It has itty-bitty climbs, too.

Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Dec 14, 2008 - 04:04pm PT
Arright. Neck on the choppin' block time.
Oplo - how'd'eye do?
 Wadd & region from quite far south
 Rogers pass area ????
 Anderson river ?
 Unknown and no guesses to make but does look coastal or Kootenays..... ?
 Slesse in winter! You were a long ways up on yer snowshoes!
 No idea but oddly familiar
 No idea but I thinkit's the interior rather then coast

MrE - dang no clue

MH2 - 4:15 on a recent afternoon at goodol' Lighthouse Park. What a lovely picture. Didn't make me wanna go swimmin' tho'.
Have you ever done the Full Vancouver? ( ski the mornin' go sea swimmin' in the afternoon !? ) ( or did you invent that ;-D )

Cheers & it was my best
Tami
Anastasia

climber
Not here
Dec 14, 2008 - 07:09pm PT
Ice axes, check...
Crampons, check...
Warm clothes, check...
Willing to remove layers without shame, check...
Learning to properly say "aie"in a sentence, check...
Having a like for fine wine and beer, check...
Love hockey, check...

I'm ready, so when are we going?
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 14, 2008 - 07:50pm PT
MisterE

Trad climber
My Inner Nut
Dec 14, 2008 - 09:19pm PT
Tami,

My picture..geez, i thought it was Chek looking North to Garabaldi, but the perspective seems different...maybe Whistler area?
It was a higher cliffband with a Northward-traversing approach.

Yipes! - I must be getting old.

Erik

Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Dec 14, 2008 - 10:03pm PT
Erik - It really duzzin't look like Garibaldi. Or around there... Looks more like Cayley & the volcanic stuff on the *other side* of the Cheakamus valley.
Got other pix ? ( she typed in anticipation )
Cheers, Tami
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 15, 2008 - 01:03am PT
Erik's photo looks like Mt. Fee and area, on the Squamish-Cheakamus divide.

As there is a nearby climbing area that is sometimes called "Chek" (an abbreviation for Cheakamus), I should mention that the word is pronounced "Chey-ack-a-muss". More Coast Salish, I think, but no glottal stops this time.

So Chek should be pronounced something like "Cheyk".
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Dec 15, 2008 - 02:25am PT
whadidisay?!
dickcilley

Social climber
A cova Dos Nenos
Dec 15, 2008 - 09:24am PT
Heres to the 70s Toronto crew led by the late George Manson.Rob Rohn,Mike Tchipper Sp?,Steve La Belle,Dave Lanman,etc.Really good climbers and good friends.
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Dec 15, 2008 - 09:34am PT
I'll 2nd that, Dick. Overall, I'm kind of mad at Canada for not letting me in a coupla years ago.
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Dec 15, 2008 - 01:42pm PT
Erik's is Fee from near Rogue's Gallery.

Tami - that was not a very good guessing ratio.

1) Wadd from near Queen B.
2) Athelstan, the Salal Creek side
3) Steinbok cirque from Gamuza
4) Bella Coola
5) Slesse....not in Winter but in May. Road was snowfree, no snowshoes required... I admit I did get flown in for work, but I walked out :D
6) In-SHUCK-Ch aka Gunsight
7) Old Settler's north face.
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Dec 15, 2008 - 06:33pm PT
oplo -
dang.
I'll go sit in the car now.
Captain...or Skully

Gym climber
Where are YOU from Holmes?
Dec 16, 2008 - 12:52am PT
Yowza!
MH2

climber
Dec 16, 2008 - 01:42am PT
Seems like a Full Vancouver should have more sports than skiing and swimming. Mountain biking, for sure.

Without too much blathering I will spell out what I consider a full day. The main thing is to hike the Grind. I used to think those people were pathetic but it turns out I’m one of them. Unless we have done the Grind we feel subhuman. OTOH we may dodge all responsibilities of any adult import but still feel alright if we did the Grind.

Then do the traverse or go to Lighthouse.

Then sauna at West Van Aquatic Centre.

All images from 24 Jan 2007








Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Dec 16, 2008 - 01:49am PT
eMaitcH twooooooo -

Yah think the Grind wuz closed ? I dunno. I'm not getting a clear pic from yer pic.

I still think the Full Vancouver hasta have something with cold seawater involved. After all there is quite a bit of it around here.
And I wouldn't DRINK it ...........
jbar

Ice climber
Russia with love.
Dec 16, 2008 - 03:03am PT
TAMI - there is always

dickcilley

Social climber
A cova Dos Nenos
Dec 17, 2008 - 08:31am PT
Why didn´t they let you in Greg?The border is a real drag and its no better coming down to the states.
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Dec 17, 2008 - 10:09am PT
Dick, it was because of a misdemeanor on my record. That and the pompous customs guy who had the disgression to let me in but just didn't like the way I answered his questions.
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Dec 17, 2008 - 11:49am PT
Greg you always have to have your YESSIR and YES MAAM out ready for the thugs at Customs. I don't think I've told the truth but for once in the last 30 yrs of crossing that border. The one time I was entirely honest about my intentions going to America was when my Mum & I took the kids ( they were both toddlers at the time ) for a 2 day camping trip to Mt Baker. Could'a been a good ruse to cross with a K or more in the diaper pail.......

But, yah, I always have on hand my most obsequious self - either that or I dress like a Hutterite.

LOVE the orca shot. Magnificent animals. I"ve never seen 'em from a sea-kayak but have seen 'em many times from the BC Ferries ( BITD when I lived part-time on the Island ) and also from shore.

Riley - it's "Salt Spring Island" - which is part of the sthrn Gulf Islands. In WA state they call these islands the San Juans.
I realize it's a "fine point" but the locals do care. 'Specially SS Islanders. They get right testy if you get it wrong. Why? I dunno. I live in Vancouver :-D

There's also surfing in Tofino ;-D
OoOooOOOOOOOOoooooooo surfing in Tofiiiiino.



Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Dec 17, 2008 - 05:50pm PT
Riley, sorry, I wasn't clear enough.
Salt Spring Island is one of the southern Gulf Islands belonging to BC. The "gulf islands" belonging to WA state are known as the San Juans. The line between Gulf Islands & San Juans is the international frontier.
Northern Gulf Islands are typically thought of as Denman & Hornby Islands & further north from there.

The islands tend to be resident to some very interesting people. The lack of jobs on them means they are artists, artisans, independently wealthy or total dirtbags. Or they work for the BC Ferries.

Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Dec 17, 2008 - 08:46pm PT
... or growers.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 17, 2008 - 09:02pm PT
MH2:
All images from 24 Jan 2007

One helluva day, dude.
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Dec 17, 2008 - 09:19pm PT
oplo - use yer inside voice
MH2

climber
Dec 17, 2008 - 10:03pm PT

The islands tend to be resident to some very interesting people.



All climbers are interesting but some are very interesting.
MH2

climber
Dec 17, 2008 - 10:06pm PT

One helluva day, dude.

A good day. A helluva day would be a personal best on the Grind, a hard scary new problem, and the Icelander lady in the sauna.
MH2

climber
Dec 17, 2008 - 10:12pm PT

I was gonna specifically appreciate a bit of Squamish rock-climbing but it got too crazy. Maybe a separate thread. I couldn't find a previous one.

Other than the 70s which I don't directly relate to.

Squamish-wise.

(I did notice MrE post a pic of U Wall here.)
Jim E

climber
Dec 19, 2008 - 03:38pm PT
OK, so I love Canada and have deep Canadian roots.

But you know what? You can fukin' keep Celine Dion! Oh my achin' ears!!! I just had over an hours worth of Xmas music inflicted upon my senses! Damn! Have you Canadians no mercy!
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 19, 2008 - 04:19pm PT
Andy - is this what you're looking for? A work in progresss.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=668163
MH2

climber
Dec 19, 2008 - 04:54pm PT
Andy - is this what you're looking for? A work in progresss.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=668163

Yes, Mighty Hiker, that is what I'm looking for, what I found, and the trap which has sprung and caught my foot until I use that pocket knife.

I did reference you. "Other than the 70s..."

I might not last until you get to the Squamish I know and appreciate.

I am going to do a Climbing at Squamish in the 2008s.

Then work back, probably meeting up with you around 1982.


JimE, remember for every annoying Canadian the US has 10 equally or more annoying.

Jim E

climber
Dec 19, 2008 - 06:15pm PT
"JimE, remember for every annoying Canadian the US has 10 equally or more annoying."

Can't argue with that. But Celine definitely holds her own.
Captain...or Skully

Trad climber
North of the Owyhees
Dec 31, 2008 - 12:21am PT
Canada bump, eh?
Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
Dec 31, 2008 - 12:46am PT
Great kicking at Cypress trails today and only a 2 hr. wait at Aldergrove to get back home... grrr!
GDavis

Trad climber
Dec 31, 2008 - 12:58am PT
apogee

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2009 - 10:57pm PT

bump
Ezra

Social climber
WA, NC, Idaho Falls
Jan 4, 2009 - 09:52am PT
[img]http://snarkerati.com/movie-news/files/2008/08/mike-myers.jpg[img]


isn't this guy canadian?
Captain...or Skully

Trad climber
North of the Owyhees
Jan 4, 2009 - 09:20pm PT
Northern Bump!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 4, 2009 - 10:40pm PT
isn't this guy canadian?

Well, he would be if his picture actually showed up.

But this guy is not only Canadian, he's one of the most prolific mountaineers in history.


Yeah, I know, I posted this in some other thread, but this is about as Canadian as it gets.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 4, 2009 - 10:45pm PT
Just to be persnickety, John was Irish - I don't think he ever became a Canadian citizen. Though he lived here almost his whole life.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 4, 2009 - 10:48pm PT
Yeah, yeah, yeah, be persnickety. Who gives a flying f*#k what it said on his passport, he was Canadian to his core. Ain't nobody ever had Canada's mountains more in his heart than John did. So take your persnickety and put it back in the basement where it belongs.
Captain...or Skully

Trad climber
North of the Owyhees
Jan 4, 2009 - 10:55pm PT
You're lucky, Mighty H, Tami would make you go wait in the car........
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 4, 2009 - 10:56pm PT
The person to whom David and Tami and I are obscurely (to many of you) referring is John Clarke. A good friend of all of ours.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Clarke_(mountaineer);
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Jan 5, 2009 - 12:02am PT
David I think John finally got his citizenship when he married - he had to c'os she was a German citizen & , in order for him to sponsor her, he had to Do The Deed and get the little maple leaf tattooed on his bottom. But, I am not certain on this , JohnB would know for sure.

And Anders prolly is sitting in the car. Glad to have shovelled it out.......aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagain.

Haha!!!
apogee

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2009 - 01:17am PT
I never had the honor of meeting John, but I remember first reading about him and his explorations of the wildest areas of Western Canada. Whenever his name comes up, I hold the iconic image of him in his trademark white dress shirt, picking the plums of the Coast Range for weeks and months at a time, solo. In my mind, Clarke has the mountaineering purity of spirit that has only existed in a handful of climbers.
MH2

climber
Jan 5, 2009 - 12:05pm PT
As so well illustrated by Ghost's picture, John did not require a whole lot of fancy-shmnancy gear during the months he spent outdoors. Among his many failures to concede to excess, or even what many of us would consider adequacy, his food on his long trips was famously spartan. Maybe not quite parched corn, but perhaps just a bag of rice.

A movie was made of John. It included a scene of him in his tent or under his tarp, or just huddled under a tree trunk, eating his gruel, a huge smile on his face.

That movie was shown to a class of High School students. Afterwards, they were asked to describe their impressions. One student said, "What impressed me the most was how much he seemed to enjoy his life, even though he didn't really have one."
apogee

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2009 - 02:17am PT
Bump because Ed posted this vid of Joni Mitchell and it reminded me how much I appreciate Canadians:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q4foLKDlcE
Climbing dropout

Trad climber
Vancouver, BC
Aug 27, 2009 - 06:47pm PT
Sharing some scenic shots of BC ....

Chehalis Range




Fernie Backcountry skiing




Hamish helping building the Kieth Flavelle memorial hut @ Joffre




Sunshine coast BC




Thormanby Island BC




Mt Cayley - (now a snowmobilers hotspot - I am guilty as charged)






Down Harrison Lake




More Harrison Lake




Virgin rock in the Powell river area




Rain Forest in Sechelt Inlet




apogee

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2009 - 07:02pm PT
Very nice, cd. More, please?
kinnikinik

Trad climber
b.c.c
Aug 27, 2009 - 07:10pm PT
virgin rock? Is that the north face of slide mt. from Jim Brown divide?
Short4Bob

Trad climber
Morgantown, WV
Aug 27, 2009 - 07:10pm PT
I lived there for a while. I miss it.

Hi, Canada...
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 27, 2009 - 07:15pm PT
Hi Bruce

Did you do much climbing on those Eldred River monsters? We only got up there once, and had just half a day of actual climbing, but I sure would like to get back.

David
Climbing dropout

Trad climber
Vancouver, BC
Aug 27, 2009 - 07:31pm PT
as requested - a few more from the summer and an oldie from the Chehalis ..

Boom Bay on Jeddiah Island in Georgia Straight



Jeddidiah homestead




Homestead on Texada island




Mt Baker as viewed from Sidney harbour, BC




Bedwell Harbour on South Pender island




Mighty Hikers brother Peder and Tim MCallister in the Chehalis Range




August Sunset in Georgia Straight looking towards Lasqueti and Texada islands from the Flat tops at Silva bay




Climbing dropout

Trad climber
Vancouver, BC
Aug 27, 2009 - 07:35pm PT
My Eldred adventure ranks as a scratch. That Powell River pic is actually taken in Powell Lake of the mountains on the island in the middle of Powell Lake last summer.

Photographing in the Eldred would be difficult due to the massive foreshortening because everything is of an El Cap scale and too close to the road.
kinnikinik

Trad climber
b.c.c
Aug 27, 2009 - 08:19pm PT
cd-Too bad it was a scratch, Many good adventures await in the Eldred.
Keeper of Australia Mt

Trad climber
Whitehorse, Yukon , Canada
Aug 30, 2009 - 05:08am PT
A few reasons to hang out "Up Over" rather than "Down Under":

1) H20 and lots of it.
2) Squamish and " The Brewpub"
3) Mt Aasgard, Thor, et al - Big Granite in a Big Land
4) The Vampire Spires (NWT)
5) Good Health Care - climbers included
6) The Montreal Canadians (24 Stanley Cups and counting)
7) The Cirque of the Unclimbables (now in an expanded Canadian
National Park)
8) Skaha (amid vinyards, beaches, good brewpub, nice gneiss and
at least one vegemite-free displaced Aussie)
9) MEC - financial launch pad for up and going climbers - Tami,
The Mighty Hiker etc.)
10)An enticing exchange rate - more beer.
11)Blue Rodeo
12)Michael Buble for the Yosemite "Flower Power" generation.
13)Unlimited First Ascent (and descent) potential just about anywhere other than Saskatchewan
14)Good buildering, even in Saskatchewan eg. grain elevators
15)Ice climbin' in -30C (leave your beer coolers at home)
16)Home of Canadarm Robotic Arm (combined with the Dolt Cart it
could revolutionize aid climbing and big wall bivies)
17)Atlin, B.C. - a hidden Canadian gem - refuge of Wayne Merry
18)Stompin Tom
19)The Yam (otherwise known as Yamnuska - where Canuck climbing
dynoed out of the cradle)
20)Climb On (Squamish) - Czech out George for the beta on the
rock - he likes to run up Deidre for after dinner exercise -
sans rope.
21)Golden Canyon (way up there - a wee bit of granite in a trad
crag for something to do en route to the Alaska Range and a
a hike up the Infinite Spur)
22)Canmore - quiet little mountain town with hordes of deeply
embedded insurgent Kiwi mountaineers for local color - lots
of honed and Brad Pitt-like ACMG guides for lonely climbing
babes from Alabama and Kansas
23)No low flying Marine jets to rattle your gear placements as
at JTree ( our military mostly flys rusty Sea King
helicopters - those which haven't crashed yet - and Aurora
patrol craft - props - we would rather sink our cash in new
rinks and pay off our Expo 67 building debt than contribute
more jet stream pollution.
24)Access to banned (by Homeland Insecurity) and unexpurgated
literature on Canadian climbing eg. Vicious Lies and Heinous
Slander - From a Supremely Demented Little Corner of the
Coast Range. Dangerous to any youth under the age of 19.
25)Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians - at the core of l940
and 1950s social climbing in backwoods Canada eg. ottawa.

26)Sneezy Waters
27) Paul Anka
28) Steve Nash (NBA MVp X2 - albeit there is little water in the
Phoenix area - the lad is keeping the Suns afloat). Single
handedly demolished the Aussie team at the Sydney olympics.
Oh, Canada.
29) Trailer Park Boys - stay tuned for their upcoming episode
where Bubbles takes up bouldering (and camoflagged grow-op
down in Land of Confusion, south of Halifax.
30) Crazy Canucks - rad skiers gone wild on the World Cup
circuit awhile back
31) The Victoria 8 rowing team - they take no prisoners on top
of or under the influence of any competition
32) Shania Twang - big in Lubbock, Boise and East LA
33) Zambon'ehs outnumber Hummers
34) Twin Otters (by De Haviland) - made for climbers and Mugs
Stump funded epics in wild and heinous locales
35) Banff Mountain Festival - beer, cool dudes, ripped babes,
tall tales and a lot of procreation recreation in a little
quiet, unassuming Canadian mountain town
36) Donald Sutherland
37) Tim Horton's - not for the squeamish but they prefer the
Starbucks at Sqaumish
38) Dependable climbing bros -"Whenever I'm facing long odds in
a hostile land, I like to have a Canadian on my team. Lots
of people aren't afraid to die, but Canadians, in
particular, aren't afraid to live!" the late and great Todd
Skinner
38) J. D. Fortune (lead singer for INXS - a little Aussie rock
band)
39) Curling - If the only ice you find ain't climbable - throw
some rocks on it and then retire to demolish very old single
Malt Canadian liqour
40) Photogenic Red Serged Mounties who accomodate all photo op
requests from swooning climbing babes from the Gunks.
41) The Royal Tyrrel Museum, Drumheller, Alberta - likely
retirement estate for Steven Harper and other saurian
entities in Ottawa
42) Thunder Bay - ice climbers gone wild
43) Mt. Logan - a little chunk of ice and snow with attitude
44) Australia Mt - gnarly, iconic and sacred Aussie test piece
- even without vegemite overdose
45) The Blue Jays - fishing bait for the Phoenix Coyotes - if we
could only get Bettman to bite!
46) Former Canadian Iran Embassy - Hotel America a few years
back - a bit of a belay from those Crazy and sometimes
sly blokes du nord
47) Handy translators for unexpected interesections with roving
Aussie climbers - we have their language figured out
48) A land with no carrot bolts.
49) Home of Arcteryx
50) We tried to burn Washington in 1812 which at least gets us A
for effort in Louisianna, South Carolina, Virginia, North
Carolina etc. In compensation we sent Celine Dion, Alanis
Morrisette, and Rich Little.


sac

Trad climber
spuzzum
Aug 30, 2009 - 09:51am PT
Micheal Buble?
Donald Sotherland?

How about Niel Young and Cap'n Kirk?
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Aug 30, 2009 - 01:12pm PT
sac - my publisher - from B/ham AL - asked me once if "Spuzzum" was somethin' that came out of the end of a penis.

HAHAHAA!!!!

160km east of Vancouver ITS ALL BEYOND HOPE

Keepr of OZ - LOVE yer robust list hahahaha....yahooooo..... wheee.....snicker guffaw.
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Aug 30, 2009 - 02:37pm PT
Yeah! Eh?
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 31, 2009 - 12:52am PT
We could, of course, make a list of reasons why the US should invade Canada and pacify us, if only to still the self-righteous patter we indulge in, prevent Canucks from posting on SuperTopo, and keep Russ happy. Including some of those listed - exporting Paul Anka, Celine Dion et al to the US is surely an act of war.
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Aug 31, 2009 - 12:59am PT
Anders remember who is writing your profile for Grimped.

My brother&wife today saw you puffin' & pantin' under some load the size of Prince Edward Island up to the Apron for a what?Project? Whut you got going............a bolt ladder ?

HAHAHAAA

Having a little senior moment are we ????
Keeper of Australia Mt

Trad climber
Whitehorse, Yukon , Canada
Sep 5, 2009 - 10:43pm PT
Some reasons why the US Should Invade Canada:

1) Toxic waste could be stored in the nickel mine shafts at Sudbury.
2) It would prevent a reoccurence of the Salt Lake City gold
medal hockey games at Vancouver this February 2010.

3) REI could absorb MEC - thereby creating a conglomerate with
mucho pesos and Ms. Knight and the Mighty Hiker would take on
permanent executive management functions allowing them the
financial resources to either road trip in perpetuity or gain
US Senate positions.
4) NORAD headquaraters at Colorado Springs could be switched to
the Diefenbunker - somewhere in the wasteland of Saskatchewan
and the North Koreans would never be able to find it.
5) The Blue Jays could be moved to Boise, Idaho there by freeing
Torontonians from an oppressive inferiority complex - surplus
pyschologists then could be moved to Baton Rouge and have
more successful careers.
6) The Maple Leafs could be moved to Lubbock, Texas to provide
evening distractions for the local farming community.

7) Pentagon could be moved to Ellesmere Island thereby reducing
the stress on the DC population derived from terrorist
threats.
8) Dick Cheney could become Minister of the East Coast seal hunt
and resolve all issues relegated to primordial harvesting
techniques - his experience with M-1 tanks, rock launchers,
etc could bring an efficient end to the seal problem just
like Islamic terrorists.
9) New jobs as American entrepreneurs develop new products from
used hockey tape.
10)Dell computer production could be repatriated from third
world countries to B.C. where unemployed loggers could be
deployed to new pursuits.
11)Could avoid the political strife of creating an effective
health care system by simply tagging onto the Canadian one -
re-labelled of course.

12)Doug and Bob Mackenzie would become anchormen for aging
US tv late night guys like Litterman, Leano.

13)Yosemite Park could be expanded up through Oregon, Idaho, Saskatchewan, Alberta and to Squamish allowing Peter Jackson
to avoid high New Zealand corporate taxes and facilitate Peter Jackson
launching - Lord of the Rings - the TV series.

14) US music industry could be revived with new talent similar to Celine Dione, Guy Lomardo and his Royal Canadians, Joni Mitchell, Rich Little, Hank Snow, Paul Anka, April Lavigne (very hot in Kansas City), and Skinny Puppy.
15. Direct access to the potash deposits of Saskatchewan to
sustain the LA and Yosemite grow ops.
16. Would acquire the Canadian Navy for use as wartime decoys.
17. Would acquire world class architecture such as a bunch of
used grain silos which could be use to cunningly disguise
Montana ICBM sites from prying Venzuelan and North Korean
eyes.
18. An expanded world class submarine fleet - tough to get that
amazing British technology through alternate means.
19. Farley Mowat - could support Gettysburg public programming
by playing Robert E. Lee in battlefield play scenes.

20. With Gilles Duceppe and the Bloc , Homeland Security could
really have a mission instead of worring about threats from
the Montana or Idaho militias.
21. New Minister of the Interior dude - David Suzuki - would
keep George and his Dallas oil barons in line.
22. West Edmonton Mall - could be dissambled and moved to
Yellowstone to boost park visitation numbers and serve as
NPS western headquarters.

23. Anne of Green Gables - Disney could wrest this from
Canadian Parks Service obscurity and really take it to
another level.

24. PEI - practice island for the big invasion of Cuba - ex
pat Cubans in Miami could be relocated to ease urban
drift and reduce crime stats in Florida = Al Pacino could
be designated Governor at Large for PEI.

25. Stephen Harper - potential successor to Oral Roberts,Pat
Roberts or Billy Graham or any other aged or jailed TV
evangalist preacher. The future of America would be
secured (like the Titantic).


26. the Access (to Canadian Beer) Society would take on a
whole new look. Camp 4 would never have to suffer in the
future and memories of the Yosemite plane crash would fade
into the fog of time(hangovers).
27. Declining snake population in the shrinking Everglades
could be boosted by transplant of designated former
Canadian politicians (BM?)
28 Unlimited Walmart store possibilities.

29. Great place to use all those SUVs being produced annually.
30. Lost of gas to run those SUVs hither and yon.
apogee

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2009 - 11:14pm PT
Keeper of Australia Mt

Trad climber
Whitehorse, Yukon , Canada
Sep 6, 2009 - 01:59am PT
Oh my god! I'm ripping up my US citizenship application immediately! Have to paint maple leafs all over my truck and some on my tent with big arrows!! Got to get my carcass down to the local tattoo parlour and get a nifty little Maple Leaf secured on an attractive asset to sustain these ladies gone wild over shy, innocent, Canucks. Long live the insurgency! The Aussie lads are going to be besides themselves and really warped - will have to ensure a few Kiwi babes head over to the vegemite islet to keep them under control and out of harms way.
Guess I better pack my climbin gear and head out on a road trip into the lower 48 pronto. Oh Canada, we use right guard for thee, from far and wide, we see it rise, it stands on guard for thee. Oh Canada, how much better is it going to be! Rock on.
sac

Trad climber
spuzzum
Mar 27, 2010 - 12:16am PT
f*#kin' a rights!!

my boys...

PROUD CANADIANS!!

W+A... basement style!!
W+A... basement style!!
Credit: sac
Credit: sac



kinnikinik

Trad climber
B.C.
Mar 27, 2010 - 12:24am PT
yah, f'in eh! super climber boys.
Chief

climber
Mar 27, 2010 - 01:08am PT
thanks apogee, very neighborly of you and much appreciated.
Best to you and our southern friends.

PB

Credit: Chief
apogee

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 27, 2010 - 01:12am PT
My pleasure, Chief.

And I mean every word of it, and many more that I can't articulate.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 27, 2010 - 01:36am PT
LOVE the ^^^ photo Perry. Saddle between Atwell & Garibaldi !? Late in the day. Where were you staying ? The cabin ? IT's a long way from there !
A recent pic ?

Cheers, Tami
coastal_climber

Trad climber
British Columbia
Mar 27, 2010 - 01:45am PT
Asulkan Glacier
Asulkan Glacier
Credit: coastal_climber

Vancouver Island (West Coast)
Vancouver Island (West Coast)
Credit: coastal_climber

Rockies Ice
Rockies Ice
Credit: coastal_climber

Coastal Interior Limestone
Coastal Interior Limestone
Credit: coastal_climber

Chief

climber
Mar 27, 2010 - 01:59am PT
Good call Tami
Ms Chief and I on a date a few years back.
Bivied in a snow cave up high, went light and froze my ass off.
Very romantic!
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 27, 2010 - 02:12pm PT
I like that Eric Clapton song about Canada.
willie!!!!!

Trad climber
99827
Mar 27, 2010 - 02:41pm PT

Homeland Security Canadian Powder Assessment Operative #420

Duty Status: Active

Current Activity: Standby, awaiting visibility increase

photo not found
Missing photo ID#143434
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Mar 27, 2010 - 05:07pm PT
Here's to Canadian Bums!
Credit: survival


Er...I mean Bumps!

Credit: survival


Er..........I mean Canada Bump!




Chief

climber
Mar 27, 2010 - 05:18pm PT
Thanks survival. You know how we feel about beavers up here.
Kinda like why those guys call themselves Nickleback.
Cozzy will attest that when he signed his Canuck papers a few years back they made him promise to always apologise right away, line up quietly, say thanks even to ATMs, save queens and be nice to beavers at every opportunity.
MH2

climber
Mar 27, 2010 - 07:58pm PT
Obviously there is much about Canada to be impressed by.

What impressed me most, after moving to Toronto in 1987, after many big-city years in the US, was the little old lady getting off a street car, walking up to the driver's window of a car that had impolitely pulled into the lane reserved for pedestrians, rapping on the window and telling the driver not to do that, again.

And she didn't get punched or shot.
KyleO

Ice climber
Calgary, AB
Mar 27, 2010 - 09:05pm PT
Alberta, alberta
Where you been so long?
Alberta, alberta
Where you been so long?
Aint had no loving
Since youve been gone

Alberta, alberta
Whered you stay last night?
Alberta, alberta
Whered you stay last night?
Come home this morning
Clothes don't fit you right







Big Rock

Credit: KyleO
Credit: KyleO


Credit: KyleO

Mt. Wilson, Banff National Park
Credit: KyleO


Back of the Lake
Credit: KyleO
Credit: KyleO
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Mar 28, 2010 - 12:53pm PT
wow skipt. your intelligence is shining through like a big red hemmoroid....
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 6, 2010 - 05:46pm PT
Hey hosers, ya gotchya a new world record, eh? Way to go! :-)


World's biggest beaver dam discovered in northern Canada

OTTAWA (AFP) – A Canadian ecologist has discovered the world's largest beaver dam in a remote area of northern Alberta, an animal-made structure so large it is visible from space.

Researcher Jean Thie said Wednesday he used satellite imagery and Google Earth software to locate the dam, which is about 850 metres (2,800 feet) long on the southern edge of Wood Buffalo National Park.

Average beaver dams in Canada are 10 to 100 metres long, and only rarely do they reach 500 metres.

First discovered in October 2007, the gigantic dam is located in a virtually inaccessible part of the park south of Lac Claire, about 190 kilometres (120 miles) northeast of Fort McMurray.

Construction of the dam likely started in the mid-1970s, said Thie, who made his discovery quite by accident while tracking melting permafrost in Canada's far north...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100505/sc_afp/canadascienceenvironmentanimalbeaver
Tami

Social climber
Canada
May 6, 2010 - 05:50pm PT
Dam that's huge.











BEAT YA TO IT , ANDERS !!!!!!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
May 7, 2010 - 02:41am PT
My usual flood nay torrent of witticims, sadly stopped, corked, stymied, scuppered, set adrift on the tidal current of Tami's wit.
MisterE

Social climber
Across Town From Easy Street
May 7, 2010 - 02:55am PT
As a life-long (until recently) northwest Washingtonian: I love Canada too!

Some of the coolest moments of my climbing life were hanging out with the Fire Marshall for Squamish, sharing a few stories and laughs and him leaving us feeling trusted as upstanding citizens even though we were from another country, albeit 100 km south...

Thanks Canada, for Squamish, your own version of sex appeal, Old Style (and reluctantly) Wildcat, and just being able to drive 50 miles north and see what other cultures are up to.

Oh, and at 18, hitting the strip-bar across the border from Western Washington State College was love at first sight.

;)
Tami

Social climber
Canada
May 7, 2010 - 03:08am PT
Tidal BORE of Tami's wit.



Gettit rite Anders. Sheesh.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Nov 28, 2011 - 10:42pm PT
gotta like this one ehh.
Stewart Johnson

climber
lake forest
Nov 28, 2011 - 11:07pm PT
lacy gibbet
lacy gibbet
Credit: Paul Teare
the nordegg style. two teams of three side by each.
the nordegg style. two teams of three side by each.
Credit: Stewart Johnson
gf

climber
Nov 29, 2011 - 01:51am PT
bonus points for the movie name and 2 actors tossing off the lines noted up thread
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 29, 2011 - 11:57am PT
We gotta do something about that border: TheNotSoStraightStory
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Nov 29, 2011 - 05:07pm PT
HAHAHAAAANKSTER!!!!

Interesting that during the riot here in town post-Stanley Cup the fuzz were excoriated for NOT doing MORE.



But, of course, we have also had fuzz pepper spray protesters some years ago at a G8 summit (I think it was ) . To this, our Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, dismissively said "Pepper? I like it on my steak."
gf

climber
Jul 2, 2012 - 01:14am PT
Bump for a consensus of canadians!
Impaler

Social climber
Berkeley
Jul 2, 2012 - 04:33pm PT
I love Canada!

Alaska Highway
Alaska Highway
Credit: Impaler

The Calling
The Calling
Credit: Impaler

High Planes Drifter
High Planes Drifter
Credit: Impaler

Joffre Peak
Joffre Peak
Credit: Impaler
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2012 - 04:36pm PT
Splitter, splitter, splitter, splitter!
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Jul 2, 2012 - 04:45pm PT
Credit: FRUMY
gf

climber
Jul 2, 2012 - 11:18pm PT
Great shots impaler
Did you climb or ski or both on the N Face Joffre?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 2, 2012 - 11:35pm PT
Did you climb or ski or both on the N Face Joffre?

North Face? Joffre has a north face? I thought the north side just gradually subsided. If that is Joffre, it looks like the South Face, shot from Matier.

Don Serl and Corina and I missed bagging the big route on the E. Face by a couple of weeks. Got halfway up and blanked out in a gully because we somehow chose the wrong rib to start on. Scott and ?? came in a little while later and got the plum.
gf

climber
Jul 2, 2012 - 11:50pm PT
Ghost is correct and I am humbled!
David -was that the flavelle-lane you refer to? The route to the left of the big gulley?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 2, 2012 - 11:58pm PT
David -was that the flavelle-lane you refer to? The route to the left of the big gulley?

Yes. Scott and Dave Lane.

Don and Corina and I came in and scoped the wall, agreeing that "if we just go to the top of that left-hand snow lobe, we'll be at the base of a rib that shoots right to the top." But in the morning when we trudged uphill we somehow got to the top of the right-hand snow lobe. Five or six pitches later we were forced into the gully and a couple of pitches above that we blanked out below a section of vertical kitty litter.

The gully itself was full of kitty litter and the first couple of raps were on the scary side. Interestingly, Don later told me it was the first mountain route he'd ever backed off because of difficulty. Which is kind of misleading, because up until we hit that step of crap rock it hadn't been all that difficult. More like a really cool route on which you suddenly entered the red zone.

And a couple of weeks later Scott and Dave came in, picked the right start, and waltzed up a real gem.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jul 3, 2012 - 12:25am PT
Also there is the standard route on Joffre that includes a 15' 5.10 slab if the snow is gone. It's a cool peak and can laugh robustly !
gf

climber
Jul 3, 2012 - 12:45am PT
Cool story david -i think bruce kay and i climbed that route right on the last day of winter in 1992 -but if felt like spring climbing, perfect weather-although there was enough snow covering the stone that i remember sweeping it away to do a couple tied off cruton moves when a bit of aid seemed in order. All in all a good one.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 3, 2012 - 01:04am PT
What IS the easiest route on Joffre anyway ? I was with an ACC party on that thing in the late '90's and got spanked . We tried some ridgey-thing from the Matier-Joffre col , got to that horizontal break and entered the crap zone. Bailed.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Jul 3, 2012 - 01:11am PT
Excuse me, Apogee.

Impaler he may be

But keep it unto thee.

Gosh sakes.

It's Canada.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2012 - 01:12am PT
Splitter!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 3, 2012 - 01:18am PT
I'd like Canada more if they stopped hassling me at the border.

Jeez, it's been fifteen years now, let it go.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 3, 2012 - 01:20am PT
We're just doing what your department of homeland insecurity tells us to do. Really. Paranoia loves company.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 3, 2012 - 01:25am PT
Anders, you are ST's official 'Legal Canadian'.

You should do something to remedy this affront to my lifestyle.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 3, 2012 - 10:49am PT
Were it not for the vast Canadian prairies we would have marauding Polar Bears in our suburbs.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jul 3, 2012 - 12:15pm PT
we've got a north slope


that leaves off where your other west facing coast heads north
Impaler

Social climber
Berkeley
Jul 3, 2012 - 01:52pm PT
Did you climb or ski or both on the N Face Joffre?

The picture of Joffre is taken looking at it from the south - from the summit of Matier. You can see the top of Aussie couloir pretty clearly. I was just out for a weekend of ski touring around Keith's hut last January and decided to tag the summit of Matier. Joffre isn't exactly the type of climb I'd want to do, but it's a beautiful peak and ripping down the anniversary glacier at full speed with 1/2 meter of fresh snow was one of the best skiing days I've ever had.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 3, 2012 - 02:28pm PT
Mt. Matier was the scene of one of the more badass bits of climbing I've seen. Four of us went in with the plan that two (Don Serl and Manrico Scremin) would try a new route on the west buttress (or ridge or face or whatever) while I'd head up the north face with Suzanne Serl (although she might not have been Mrs. Serl at that point, can't remember).

But when we got to the point of going to our separate objectives, and started to put on crampons, we discovered that in some complicated mix-up that I never fully understood, Suzanne's crampons wouldn't fit the boots she was wearing. So, a swap was worked out, I think with Manrico taking her crampons while she took his. They didn't fit very well, but what can you do?

So off we went, traversing in above the crevasse field and then heading upward. Not all that steep, but since I thought she didn't have much ice experience I suggested we should rope up. "No, I'm fine, it doesn't seem too bad." So on we went. As the face continued to steepen I'd suggest bringing out the rope, and she'd repeat that she was happy without it.

Sure, it's not all that steep, but it was definitely two-tool territory, and over 50 degrees in the top section. And it was an absolute, guaranteed death fall. The ice was fairly hard that day, and there was no runout. Come off, and you rocket down the face until you hit the far wall of the first crevasse at about 100 miles per hour.

And then one of her slightly-too-big crampons rolled under her foot. I bloody near died of a heart attack myself, but she didn't even slow down. She'd felt it coming, was ready, and it didn't even make her blink. I got fairly insistent about the rope at that point, but she wasn't interested.

She rolled the crampon around to the side of her boot a couple more times, but was in absolute control. No problem. And definitely no rope!

We topped out in a fairly stiff wind, so trudged down the descent ridge until we found a little depression to snuggle in while we waited for Don and Manrico. It was then that she told me this was her first ice climb.

Thank god she never got serious about technical climbing, or she'd have made us all look like gumbies.
gf

climber
Jul 3, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
I'm having coffee with sue tomorrow on a work related issue -i'll pass that one on!
bit'er ol' guy

climber
the past
Jul 3, 2012 - 04:03pm PT
I like canada fine.

I don't like canadians who move to cali then blather on nonstop about how great canada is and how much they hate the USA.

what?

sorry,

can't really think of a solution to that problem.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 3, 2012 - 05:08pm PT
I'm having coffee with sue tomorrow on a work related issue -i'll pass that one on!

Give her a big hug from me. I miss her.
sac

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
Jan 30, 2014 - 06:56pm PT
this just in...

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 20, 2014 - 12:43pm PT
CANADA BUMP!!!!



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Credit: survival
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 20, 2014 - 09:57am PT
Credit: survival
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Apr 20, 2014 - 10:18am PT
that's the Kenora dinner jacket
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Apr 20, 2014 - 10:27am PT
A great place with many fine people, much appreciated Canada!
Northern Valhalla Mountains, BC
Northern Valhalla Mountains, BC
Credit: Charlie D.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Apr 20, 2014 - 10:34am PT
Those Canadians sure like to ski and sure like to have fun:
The hut cook
The hut cook
Credit: Charlie D.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:00pm PT
What the hay are those things he is on? Are those canadian skis?
Obviously his outfit is.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Apr 20, 2014 - 01:23pm PT
Here's to Canadians!



My favorite city on the planet is Vancouver, B.C.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 20, 2014 - 01:37pm PT
It's nice to have a 3 million sq. mi. buffer between the US and Alaska.
locker

Social climber
"Sh#t shack across from the city dump"
Apr 20, 2014 - 01:39pm PT

Though the '64' Worlds Fair in NY was way MORE exciting and COOL than 'EXPO 67' in Canada...(HAD to toss in a PLUG for America... LOL!!!)

during that summer I was VERY impressed with the beauty of the place...



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