Tag: opinion

Update on Elliot Lake

An update on reposes to my article on the situation at Elliot Lake yesterday

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Projects in Provincial Parks

I’d like to preface this post by saying I’m not against either of the following projects, neither am I a proponent. I do however have some observations. Recently two projects have reached the”public input” stage. A Gondola! The first is

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On Blaming the Victim

A lot of people, including those that should know better, insist on blaming the victim of a backcountry search or rescue.

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BC Changing laws regarding “Natural Resource Roads”

The BC Government is changing the laws regarding logging roads. Send feedback to ensure roads into recreation areas are not deactivated.

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The ACC requires digital avalanche beacons

I’m a member of the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC), Vancouver Section, so I get their monthly “Alpine-E-r” newsletter. For the past several months I’ve noticed the following message in the newsletter: NEW BEACON POLICY The ACC has a new

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Why SAR members are tough on gear

What, do you think, is the primary difference between a SAR member on a task, and a person undertaking a hiking, backcountry skiing or mountaineering trip? On the surface they look to be the same thing. We use the same

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On Outdoor Responsibility

I found an interesting site the other day: Leave No Trace (there is a Canadian offshoot as well). It’s a site that promotes outdoor ethics and offers guidance on the best practises to preserve wilderness values, and reduce the impact

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VOC Group size: a response

Phil Tomlinson, the current president of the VOC, composed a detailed and thoughtful response to my previous post. He had some trouble getting it into the comments, so I thought I would reproduce it here. Hi Michael, As the current

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The UBC VOC and Group Sizes

This post is a bit of a rant, so please skip it if you’re not in the mood. A few years ago a friend and I travelled into the Cerise Creek area for some mountaineering. We were surprised to see

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On ski widths

Some musings on ski widths

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