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Aug. 14, 2016, 3:25 p.m.
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Nice pics Syncro! that makes me happy.

I'd like to share yesterdays experience with you all.

I went up Kings peak yesterday with some friends, and it turned into a sobering experience I'll never forget. As we were coming back down from the summit a lone orange dot near the top of Kings peak north ridge cliff caught my eye. We were on the north west side of queens peak ridge probably 1 Km away from the north ridge of Kings. The ridge the guy was on is probably a good 100M - 150M high and he was within I'd say 10 M of the top. My first thought was "Oh cool there's people climbing up over there that's awesome."

So I wait and watch for a while and the guy wasn't really moving anywhere and I couldn't see his climbing partner. Then just as I start to clue in to what's happening he must have seen us and started yelling. At first I thought he was yelling at his climbing partner but weren't sure, then we hear it. "Help! S.O.S Help!" Our hearts sank, this guys completely fucked. We quickly call Search and Rescue because to our disbelief we had spotty cell coverage at the spot we were at. Cant get through to SAR, call 911 and get through explain our situation to the best of our abilities and they say OK someone will call you shortly stay where you are. Now 15 Minutes have elapsed since we called 911 and still no phone call, the guy is still periodically yelling for help clearly in shock and distress, we've repeatedly tried to yell back to him that we are helping they are coming but we don't think he can hear us because of the way the wind was blowing or perhaps the other cliffs are bouncing our echoes. The wind stopped shortly after and we all heard him yell "I think my friend is dead" We then called 911 again gave them an update on whats going on and told them we had to head down now for our own safety as we did not want to hike 5 hours out in the darkness and there really wasn't much more we could have done. We finally were able to communicate with the stuck climber that help was on the way by yelling as loud as we possibly could and one word at a time. We hear back a quiet "Thank you" and we made our way off the ridge back into shade and down off the mountain.

It was probably two and a half hours after we called that we heard the first helicopter approach to do a reconnaissance flight of the situation. I have just found out from the RCMP that phoned me they did get the stuck climber off the mountain later that day, so at least he's safe, but his friend not so much.

I feel really terrible for this poor guy and what he had to live through and now undoubtedly the guilt and pain he has to live with for the rest of his life, even worse the family of his fallen friend. It's a terrible feeling hearing such distress calls, being right there, so close yet so far and completely helpless. Makes me think how we all say it won't happen to me, accidents happen to other people who are careless… How do you rationalize the risks we take for fun? I like to tell myself "Hey at least he died doing what he loved and not at work or some other stupid reason to die." Is it worth it to continue doing what I'm doing? I never want to put my friend and family, or even complete strangers through that type of an ordeal..

Heavy stuff. Im also torn on the appropriateness of posting the pictures from the hike before all of this went down I think I'm going to because it's probably now my mountain views and hiking I've done on the island and I don't think it would be disrespectful of me to post them up. Maybe this post was more for me to help understand than for you to hear.

Stay safe out there folks, and tell everyone you love them.

Kings is probably the most rewarding easy (nice trail) day hike on the island in terms of views. Good thing you spotted buddy in distress and investigated and didn’t just push on past. There is usually enough cell coverage on the higher central island peaks to at least get a text out from the summit, but I will be picking up a PLB soon.

Accidents can happen to anyone anywhere. I’ve definitely dialled down the risk factor the last little while having had a few close calls myself, both on my bike and in the mountains a number of years ago. I take every step possible to minimize and manage the risk including proper route planning, the appropriate gear, experience, right weather, etc. and if you get over your head turn around. Still I could make a mistake, but I’d rather not sit on my butt the rest of my life afraid to leave the confines of my home. Know your limit, play within it.

Aug. 14, 2016, 3:28 p.m.
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Nice pics of Kings Pk Adam West.

I managed to get out for a quick one nighter, sadly back to class on Monday in North Van, fortunately only two weeks left!

Summit day 1 - Marble Peak.

Not a bad view.

Buttle lake.

Destination day 2 - Mount McBride.

Morrison Spire. Summited it about 7 years ago in my first trip to the meadows.

Golden Hinde.

Nice view.

Rule #1. Get home safe.

Aug. 14, 2016, 3:40 p.m.
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You did Marble peak and Mcbride in a single overnighter?!? did you start at Phillips creek?

Ha Ha! Made you look.

Aug. 14, 2016, 3:52 p.m.
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Joined: Aug. 8, 2012

You did Marble peak and Mcbride in a single overnighter?!? did you start at Phillips creek?

Left CR day 1 arrived back in CR day 2. I was surprised my knees held up seeing I have not done any hiking since May long when I did my right knee cap in, then did my left knee in a month ago on the bike. Couldn’t have done it without poles, they make a big difference when doing lots of up and down.

Aug. 14, 2016, 7:18 p.m.
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Stunning photos. Thanks for sharing. :)

It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.
- Josiah Stamp

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
- H.G. Wells

Sept. 5, 2016, 7:51 p.m.
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Due to the less than great weather forecast it was decided a trip in the mountains was not ideal. The Tahsish Kwois has been on my list for a while so this was the chance to explore it. Due to heavy rain the first day and several days prior the river was three feet higher than normal. This made travelling upstream more difficult. Overall it was a good trip, but we didn’t see any elk or bears, although that was probably because a chopper with a couple of fly fishing guests from Nimmo Bay buzzed the entire valley about three times.

Rainey paddle down the inlet.

Approaching the estuary.

High tide.

Heading up river.

The confluence of the Kwois and Tahsish.

Morning after the deluge of rain.

Good fishing spot.

Foam means turbulence…

Wedged log.

Cool rock walls.

Up the Kwois.

Good sized tree.

Mossy forest.

Kwois Valley.

Headed down river.

Sept. 18, 2016, 10:07 a.m.
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Way cool Fraser!

Ha Ha! Made you look.

Oct. 3, 2016, 5:08 p.m.
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Way cool Fraser!

Thanks. Looks like you had great weather for your trip, I’ve only been all the way to the Cape in December…

Took a few friends for an adventure this weekend. After consulting the forecast we went with Plan B and headed north to do our best at avoiding the rain. It was an excellent trip and an eye opening experience for one guy who had never hiked off trail in his life. There was some solid bushwhacking, snow, ice, deadly slick steep heather slopes and scrambling.

End of the logging road where we parked.

Wasn’t long before we were in the cloud.

Little bit of ice.

Frozen wasteland with zero visibility.

Summit views.

Pretty steep terrain. Should’ve brought the helmets for this one…

Biggest cave I’ve ever been in.


New day, new summit.

Views were in and out.

West Coast.

Descent out of the intermittent cloud.

The Horn.

Lots of rock.

Oct. 4, 2016, 6:53 a.m.
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awesome pics as usual Fraser! Thanks for sharing

Ha Ha! Made you look.

Jan. 1, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
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So I went to Finale Ligure for a few days of riding in the sun, in retrospect I really scratch my head wondering why I have not done this before, eleven hours of driving and I am sitting at the Mediterranean sipping Cappuccino after a great day of riding great singletrack.

I basically just experimented with the camera, since it has been quite some time that I took photos with a camera where you can change the settings.

"You don't learn from experience. You learn from reflecting on the experience."
- Kristen Ulmer

Jan. 2, 2017, 7:23 p.m.
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Joined: Oct. 23, 2003

Well today didnt suck..happy new year ya fucks.

Ha Ha! Made you look.

April 18, 2017, 8:50 a.m.
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Lets see if we can revive an old post.. anyone do anything cool over the winter?

took a 2 week trip with the gf to check out some more national parks I hadn't seen in the southwest USA.  Back to Zion for the 3rd time now, Bryce Canyon,  Capitol Reef, and Arches National Park.  Highlight was Bryce Canyon for sure but they all have their own appeal.  Mostly just hiking and sightseeing; I kind of lost interest in bikes a while ago and it's much easier to travel and live in the back of a van when you don't have $10k in gear hanging off the back.

Let's see if I can figure out how to post an attachment or two.

April 18, 2017, 11:55 a.m.
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Have a shit ton of back country ski pics. Was hard to leave the region with the snow conditions so great.
Still can't figure out how to post them here without a URL

April 18, 2017, 12:38 p.m.
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We'll work on streamlining image attachments so they automatically show inline in the message and clicking the link will open the image instead of downloading it.

In the meantime, you can also upload to our photo gallery. Just click on 'Photos' at the top of the page, then 'Upload your photos'. To use any of your uploaded photos in a forum post, right click on the photo and copy the image URL ('Copy Image Address' in Chrome). In the forum post use the image button in the toolbar and paste the image URL.

April 18, 2017, 5:17 p.m.
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Joined: Oct. 23, 2003

So like.. who is buxbux?

i should update my thread even though nsmb doesnt shower me with likes like Instagram and facebook does

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