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Robin Tivy #1
(Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Email Status: Good  
In Bivouac Headquarters, April 2001
OK, here's my life story: I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in the Maritime provinces of eastern Canada. I graduated from Engineering school at University of Toronto. While working in Toronto I took my motorcycle on a trip to Newfoundland and a girl there introduced me to the mountains. About a week later, while driving back through Maine, I suddenly experienced epiphany and realized I should dump my life in Toronto and go west to the mountains. so I sold my motorcycle and house, and bought a 1966 Econoline van and headed west. When I arrived in Calgary, I learned this new word "bivouac" which I really liked the sound of, and so I took on the name of "Captain Bivouac". A year later I moved to Vancouver to go to back to school, something to do while going to the mountains. After getting an MBA, I went tree planting. I wanted to be a writer. So I was a technical writer, but all the jobs were on computer projects that were out of control. (that's why they try to hire writers). Eventually I decided it made more sense to design the messes rather than document other people's messes. So I was a database programmer.

But every job I had was temporary, and I wanted to do something more permanent. When the internet came along, I was so excited, and that is what started Bivouac. In the next couple of years I spent most of my savings on operating a money losing company to make internet databases. But eventually I stumbled on a practical technology, and that became Bivouac.com.

Bivouac became something because of volunteers. It wasn't just a guidebook written by one person, it became a guidebook written by dozens. Through the website, I met numerous new contacts, and some pretty talented programmers. I try to get to know something about each of the key contributors personally. Between 1995 and 2000, we tried various ideas with Bivouac, but things really started working in 2000 when it turned into an Encyclopedia. Don't ever believe that MBA stuff about the need for formal "business plans". The real way small businesses work is by evolution. You never really know how events will unfold.

My own trip reports soon faded into the background of the great guidebook like collections you see today. But I still keep writing new stories, every time I go somewhere new. I'll look in bivouac, and find a peak or area for which there is very little information, and that will be my motivation to go there. I always wanted to be a reporter.

Trip Reports Insert
55 2019.03.09 Almost too tough - Conroy-Swift Ski Loop Again
41 2019.03.03 Metal Dome South Ridge, and snowmobile confrontation
48 2019.02.17 Puma South via Marvellous ramps Again
37 2019.02.11 Rainbow Mountain via Hanging Lake in Frightful cold
18 2019.02.09 Skating and swimming at Brohm Lake amid Fantastic winds
45 2019.01.27 Metal Dome via Edna Creek - the Micro-terrain Experience
44 2019.01.20 Mount Mullilgan Ski with Breakable Crust
46 2019.01.13 Mount Sproatt Loop down Hanging Valley
50 2018.12.30 Dakota Peak on skis
44 2018.12.02 Skyline Divide Early Ski - Mount Baker
51 2018.11.11 Dilly Dally Loop (Buntzen Lake)
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Feature Photos Insert
8 2018.10.21 Ring Mountain from the South
11 2018.10.21 Trooper Peak and Crevasses
10 2018.10.21 Detective Peak Final East ridge
9 2018.09.04 Blue Peak Northeast Ridge from Subpeak
9 2018.07.28 Academy Peak from West Col
11 2018.07.28 Academy Peak from the West
11 2018.07.08 Mount Davis East Face
7 2018.07.08 Palmers Pond
9 2018.07.08 Mount Davis from the North
7 2017.08.12 Hudson Bay and Toboggan Creek Road
7 2017.08.12 Hudson Bay Final Summit from Silvern Peak
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Road/Trail Bulletins
3 2019.03.09 Road has fabulous skiing Conroy Creek FSR
5 2019.03.09 Skied length of road coming out from Old Growth valley Swift Creek FSR
3 2019.03.06 New Contact Info for Gray creek Road Gray Creek Road
5 2019.02.25 No parking meter, not much snow Harvey Creek Spur
5 2019.02.17 Used this route to access Beverly Trail and Puma S1 Peak Biathlon to Beverly Access Route
3 2019.01.27 Broken trail, some by ski, some by snowmobile Edna Main (E)
3 2019.01.20 Driveable to 600m or so M_6.8 Mulligan Spur
5 2017.08.19 People have difficulty crossing Racing River even with ATVs Old Churchill Mine Road
5 2018.12.29 Road plowed down to hard pack Dakota Ridge Road
5 2018.12.02 No snow in forest, but ski from half way Skyline Divide Trail
5 2018.12.02 Slow travel due to potholes Deadhorse Creek Road
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Equipment Reviews Insert
11 Suunto Altimax Altimeter Watch
9 Suunto MC-2 and M-3 Compasses
7 Camp XLC490 Aluminium Crampons
6 MSR Hubba Hubba HP Tent
6 Pentax Optio 33WR camera
4 Garmin Oregon 450t Touchscreen GPS
4 Koflach Degre Plastic Mountaineering Boots
3 Nikon Coolscan IV ED Slide Scanner
3 Garmin eTrex GPS
2 Garmin GPS 12
2 Camp XLA 210 Aluminium Ice Axe
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General Articles Insert
20 Randy Stoltmann and Richard Nixon Obituary
19 Managing and Testing Rechargable AA and AAA Batteries
14 Tricks for Improving GPS Reception
9 Garmin eTrex and GPS 12 Comparison
7 How to Compare Different Maps for Accuracy
7 Brian Waddington, John and Janet Pearson die in Avalanche Tragedy
6 Configuring your GPS for Position Co-ordinates and Map Datums
6 Fill Flash for Summit Shots
6 How to Make Your Own Canoe Spray Deck
6 Interfort And Beyond (Notes on Illegal Interfor-IWA Blockade)
5 National Parks Fees and Permits
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Discussions Insert
Accuracy of Google Satellite View
All about new Parking fees machines
Amalgamation of Short Old Roads into Trails
Are there more Ticks than 30 years ago?
Are there too many categories of surface?
Armchair Analysis - Train Wreck at Spiral Tunnels
ATV Users Campaign to use all of Kettle Valley RR
Background Maps For Your GPS
Bivouac Community Features
Bivouac GMap Issues
Bivouac Hosting Issues
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