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Jan. 22, 2015, 8:33 a.m.
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Golden Ears Park 2015 conditions

With a bit of exploring, Golden Ears has a surprising variety of trails. The local hiking group punched in some new trails around the Mike Lake area and extensions to existing trails - all unsanctioned by BC Parks but that's another story - that can make for some pretty good loops.
Not much traffic and no having to share space with horses.

Nov. 5, 2014, 9:28 a.m.
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Golden Ears Park Management Plan

Bro, do you even do bikes anymore? Am I talking to a ghost?

Well I still have a bike, trail running mostly at the moment. I dressed as a ghost at Halloween but I never made it to your house.

Nov. 3, 2014, 10 a.m.
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Golden Ears Park Management Plan

I'm under the impression that the equestrian groups were well represented at all of the public meetings

I went to the open house in Maple Ridge and there was definitely a large contingent of horse people. Can't say how much leverage they had at the meeting as it was really for information only supposedly.
The horse groups would really prefer to have the whole of Golden Ears to themselves so they can continue to clean their horse trailers for free at the Corral parking area, and destroy trails at will.

May 14, 2014, 11:17 a.m.
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The Running Thread

So….buy over built shoes one can get injuries. Buy minimalist running shoes and one gets a different type of injuries. Buy running flats and get different type of injuries as well.

Hmmm…… so no matter what type of shoes one buys you have the potential to get injured? The horror.

I suffered through a knee injury last year partially from trail running but also from bootcamp - lots of side loading movement - and age I suppose.
The specialist I saw said there wasn't much that could be done and he suggested taking up biking. I smiled.
What I did do was purchase the Hoka One One trail runners and while they have seemingly lessened the impact that my knee was subjected to they also haven't proven ideal on technical terrain. They feel decidedly unstable when cornering on descents particularly at the heel. Somewhat tippy feeling.
So my knee feels more protected but there are apparent trade-offs.

March 22, 2014, 7:35 p.m.
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Do Trades Really Carry a Stigma? (I need life advice from the great NBR)

Stigma indeed . . .

March 12, 2014, 9:25 p.m.
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Do Trades Really Carry a Stigma? (I need life advice from the great NBR)

A top end supervisor whether plumbing, electrical, etc. in construction is 6 figures non union.
I know as we have a couple that are worth it.
The trades are so much more now because even if you stay at an installer level, as in non supervisory, you earn a very good wage, benefits - depending on the company they can be pretty significant - and you get to do so many different types of work, rarely the same thing twice and you don't stay more than say a couple of years on one site depending on the project.
There are a large number of P3 projects out there ready to hit the street and there will be more demand for more [HTML_REMOVED] better people.

There's no time like now to get your apprenticeship years behind you so you can really learn and earn.

Dec. 6, 2013, 2:49 p.m.
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replacing a hot water tank

If you look at an on-demand unit, you'll need to ensure you have line voltage electrical available.

In the interests of economy, there is nothing wrong with replacing your existing tank with the same. If you can even go from a 40 gal to a 50 gal that's a huge increase in capacity for a small investment, plus any new tank is going to be more efficient.

Don't forget the gas permit if you have a gas unit. It's required even for replacement tanks.

Nov. 13, 2013, 12:16 p.m.
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music - full album awesomeness

Fun thread. Some random choices, all great to listen to start to finish.

Blue Oyster Cult - Fire of Unknown Origin
Little Village - Little Village
Led Zeppelin - Presence (flawed but awesome)
Dave Alvin - Romeo's Escape
Translator - No Time Like Now.

Sept. 10, 2013, 9:18 a.m.
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Good Restaurants that Accomodate a Gluten Allergy

Big Feast in Maple Ridge. Unbelievable it's in the Ridge, very awesome.

Zena's Gluten Free Bakery in the Ridge too. Not a restaurant but great bread, cake, cupcakes, etc. They do dairy free too which to me tastes better and is way less sweet.

Aug. 9, 2013, 12:41 p.m.
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Any Project Management Professionals (PMP)

Depends entirely on the "project".

Project management in a construction field is vastly different than say project management of an advertising campaign.

I find the designation PMP super useless as the process is set up as if all project management in all fields is the same.
The individual in my office who has his PMP is no better a project manager than previously and likely even less effective as he now has stars in his eyes because of his new wall plaque.

Feb. 15, 2013, 11:11 a.m.
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Golden Ears Park Management Plan

Bump.

Last day for comments.

Feb. 6, 2013, 8:48 p.m.
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Golden Ears Park Management Plan

you know what? we don't have to deal with horses on Seymour, Cypress, Fromme, Eagle, Sumas, Vedder, Red, Bear, Woodlot, Squamish…

(well, maybe we do occasionally in the valley, but you gotta admit we have it pretty good)

Just saying, maybe there's a place for everyone, and everyone can have their place.

Admittedly, it's not going to matter to everyone, but I have supported or do support mountain biking in most of the areas you have mentioned so I think it's ok to ask for a bit of support back.

Feb. 6, 2013, 3:05 p.m.
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Golden Ears Park Management Plan

Bc Parks has presented a draft management plan: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/mgmtplns/golden_ears/golden-ears-mp-public-rev.pdf

A comments section for public input due on Weds. Feb. 15th: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/mgmtplns/golden_ears/golden-ears-draftMP-comments.html

I urge any [HTML_REMOVED] all mountain bikers who have an interest in expanded single track opportunity (Everyone??) to read the draft plan and provide comments in support of expanded mountain bike opportunities within Golden Ears Park.

If the mountain bike community stays too quiet with regard to this plan, expect lots more of where this came from (taken from the Horse Council of BC website):

Fabulous turnout at the open house on Jan.31st - thanks to everyone who was able to be there in person to voice their support!

Now that we've got their attention, it is time to SHARE YOUR WISH LIST for equestrian use at Golden Ears Park.

Fill out the online form at the BC Parks web site and list your ideas/needs in the "General Comments" section.

Here are some thoughts from other riders - if you like these ideas, please fill out the online form and let the park planners know, because NUMBERS COUNT!
- horse camping at Gold Creek
- horse camping at east side of lake
- another place for trailer parking deeper in the park
- sign in 'corral' parking that it is for horses only
- horse trail conditions updates on Park website
- provision for horse groups to do volunteer work in the park, e.g. work on campsites, build corrals, put in hitching posts
- expanded horse trails (variety, longer, more loops)
- tell BC Parks how you currently use the park as a rider
- tell BC Parks the ways you would like to use the park over the next 10 years:

Nov. 21, 2012, 10:06 p.m.
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Sheet metal on the North Shore

Try Menzies Metal in Surrey. They will make you anything sheet metal wise.

Failing that, maybe Ecco Heating in Bby.

Nov. 1, 2012, 8:32 a.m.
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NBR Reno Hotline Question #2 (Gas fireplace insert)

I'll get someone to install the gas line and gas fireplace as I'm sure there would be insurance issues with someone without a licence installing a gas line.

I'm hoping to install the surround myself.

The venting will be more of an issue than the gas piping as you will very likely need to use a liner if the existing chimney is stiil serviceable. You cannot use a masonary chimney with a gas appliance unless it is lined.
If you are on an outside wall you may be able to direct vent it.
Whoever you choose to do your fireplace installation will have to look at this closely with you to determine the best solution.

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