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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
72 2018.09.01 Big Dog Shulaps Circuit
6 2018.08.10 Pacific Spirit Park
60 2018.07.28 Marriott Basin - Academy to Rancherie Traverse
64 2018.07.07 Mount Davis via Sowaqua Creek and HBC Trail
38 2018.05.26 Classic Seymour Bicycle Loop
42 2018.05.19 Saint Benedict Crossover Loop
41 2018.04.22 Puma S1 Spring Ski Ascent
39 2018.03.23 Circumnavigate Tumalo on Skis
50 2018.03.18 Ski up Castle Peak (Donner Summit)
38 2018.03.06 Saddle Mountain via King Range Road
56 2018.03.03 Vancouver to California Road/Hiking Trip
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Feature Photos Insert
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 Final Summit from Silvern Peak
7 2017.08.12 Hudson Bay and Toboggan Creek Road
10 2017.08.12 Refuge Peak from Silvern peak
10 2016.08.05 Ethelbert from our Shangri-La Camp
7 2016.08.05 Shangri-La and Tiger Pass
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Road/Trail Bulletins
2 2018.10.14 Blueberries and a bear Mount Steele Trail
2 2018.10.15 Trail Clearing finally done Mayne Lake Trail
4 2018.09.05 Followed trail part way Noaxe Lake Trail
8 2018.09.01 Drove up road past mine, parked Y34.2 Blue Creek road
9 2018.09.05 Nice walking thru woods and meadows Quartz Connector Trail
9 2018.09.05 Trail quite scenic Quartz Mountain Trail
3 2018.09.02 Road mostly paved Bridge River Road - Section 1
4 2018.09.05 Waterbars require high clearance Noaxe Creek Road
7 2018.09.02 Road now cut off, does not continue Y37.3 Old North Connector
6 2018.09.06 Distance Posts versus Bivouac distances Yalakom River FSR
7 2018.09.08 Eastern Gate Locked Cerise Main
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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 Koflach Degre Plastic Mountaineering Boots
4 Garmin Oregon 450t Touchscreen GPS
3 Nikon Coolscan IV ED Slide Scanner
3 Garmin eTrex GPS
2 Camp XLA 210 Aluminium Ice Axe
2 Garmin GPS 12
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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?
ATV Users Campaign to use all of Kettle Valley RR
Background Maps For Your GPS
Bivouac Community Features
Bivouac GMap Issues
Bivouac Hosting Issues
Bivouac Trip Difficulty Levels
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