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Andrew Wong #152
(North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)  
Life Beyond Tennis: Brandywine Mtn, South Ridge, 1999
Now approaching middle age, it's time to update the story for you young'uns. I started hiking in 1993, a bug sparked by various friends and the North Shore Hikers. Always with a camera in hand, I usually found the journey more interesting than hitting summits. Since photography and speedy hiking are mutually exclusive, I eventually dropped out of club trips and struck out on my own.

In the late 1990s, Paul Kubik (name dropping) mentioned Bivouac to me. Its decidely quirky/seriously outdated user interface hid a treasure trove of useful data and information. To me, it's still the best backcountry database anywhere. Editing and improving its road database satisfies my obsessive compulsive nature.

In the summer I hike. In the winter, I snowshoe. Thoughts of backpacking, mountaineering, skiing, and other serious backcountry adventures are tempered by my preference for hot and cold running water, fear of heights, and a slightly bum knee.

Constant obsessions: keeping the Sigurd Trail clear of salmonberry, wondering how to keep the Athelney Pass route viable, film photography.

Trip Reports InsertFeature Photos Insert
4 2015.03.28 Kalkalilh Caldera
5 2013.07.07 Limelight Creek
8 2012.10.25 Dione South Face
5 2012.10.25 Jim Haberl Hut and Serratus Mountain
4 2012.08.12 Stress testing the Sigurd Creek footbridge v2.0
3 2011.06.12 High Falls Trail - Upper viewpoint of High Falls Creek
3 2011.03.20 Paul Ridge and Round Mountain
4 2010.09.24 Sentinel Range and Nonda Creek Valley
4 2010.09.24 Mount Saint George from Summit Lake
4 2010.08.22 Wedgemount Glacier Changes - Ice Cavern at Toe (2010)
3 2010.08.22 Wedgemount Glacier Changes from Wedgemount Lake (2010)
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Road/Trail Bulletins
1 2019.10.05 Road closure mid-October 2019 to spring 2020 Cheakamus Lake Road
1 2019.10.04 Helicopter operations on Skookum Road, October 5 Mam13.2 Skookum Dam Road (Sco)
3 2019.10.04 Helicopter operations at Watersprite Lake on October 5 Sco6.7 Watersprite Lake Trail (W)
1 2019.09.19 Closed at Mud Creek 21km Squamish Main (Sq)
1 2019.09.16 Vehicle thefts at 10km parking area Blowdown Creek Road
1 2019.08.29 Nails in Watersprite Lake trailhead parking lot--see a nail, pick up a nail. Mam13.2 Skookum Dam Road (Sco)
3 2019.08.27 Bear aware - grizzly sow with cubs in area East Tricouni Trail
1 2019.08.10 Sea to Sky Gondola closed due to cable incident Sea to Summit Trail
3 2019.08.07 Travel advisory issued, no closure but confirm before you go Upper Lillooet - Section 1
1 2019.07.28 Trail conditions and maintenance observations Mount Outram Trail
1 2019.08.02 Road flooded, no access to Squamish / Elaho / Ashlu on BC Day weekend Squamish Main (Sq)
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Equipment Reviews Insert
4 Florian 7" folding saw curved blade
1 ICOM IC-F3011 VHF two-way radio
1 Motorola RDU4103 two-way radio
G3 240 Tech Avalanche Probe

General Articles Insert
6 BCMC 2007 Centenary Celebrations
3 Rick Collier killed in climbing incident
3 Leaf-Tracking Websites
2 Halvor Lunden, In Memoriam
2 New website for BC snowpack and weather data
1 Squamish Nation Buys TFL 38 from Interfor
Fred Beckey, passing of a legend
BC Off Road Vehicle registration begins November 17, 2014
BC Resource Road radio channels
BC Parks reduces park services for 2009
Recall notice for Maxim Pinnacle and Maxim Apogee climbing ropes
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Discussions Insert
BC Ministry of Transportation Sea-to-Sky Highway Open House
Car vandalism and theft at trailheads
Change to Cypress Mountain Backcountry Access
Garibaldi Park lecture by Dr. Bob Turner on Sept. 27
Garibaldi Provincial Park Management Plan amendment open house
Heli-Skiing in the Tantalus?
Looking for Hiking Clubs in Italy
Mount Outram Summit Register - Who Archives It?
Mt Outram Trail Maintenance Day
Natural Resources Canada to stop printing maps?
Serratus Closes
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