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Len Zedel #1741
(St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)  
On ridge leading to Blow-me-down Mountain Newfoundland,
I started hiking in high school doing mostly established trails (Strathcona Park, the West Coast Trail). While doing a B.Sc. (1982) and M.Sc. (1985) at the University of Victoria, I acquired a taste for climbing mountains. I spent a year in Tasmania where, now working and with a lot more free time, I spent every weekend hiking and climbing. I returned to B.C. to the University of British Columbia for a PhD (1991) that allowed for some more adventures in B.C. mostly on Vancouver Island as I was working at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney. I'm now working at Memorial University in St. John's Newfoundland and have to satisfy myself with rock climbing on the weekends. But every summer I find time for a pilgrimage back to B.C. and some sort of mountain expedition.

I really like going on trips with limited route descriptions because I love the challenge of route finding. Of course, the price of that preference is that I have spent a lot of time thrashing around in the bush not getting to a destination (three attempts on Maquilla Peak and never really got close). These days my time is at a premium, Liz and I have two daughters, four dogs, and I make some effort at having a career. I now rely heavily on Bivouac to find trips that I know will work.

On any trip the thrill for me is the sights and views, the mix of ice and rock in the sunlight. Those are the things that form the memories but I am also very goal oriented so I have to keep telling myself to stop and smell the flowers. I have realised over time that I really hate camping but you do what you have to do to get to the destination. I have developed an obsession with carrying the minimum of weight on a trip so that my friends all learn about how many calories you need for a meal, what calories various foods contain and how much fuel it will take to cook them. Taste is a secondary consideration.

I can no longer shoot pictures using Kodachrome slides: that medium has been discontinued and my old camera broke. I have been plunged into the digital world and I have still not yet made peace with it. So far, I have better pictures using a Nikon point and shoot than with my Pentax D20. I might still buy a used film camera through ebay.

Trips that I would like to do in the future are in the area of Mount Tinniswood, some North Island multi-destination extravaganza, and some more adventures in the Chilliwack Valley.

Trips Insert
49 1986.08.17 Sutton Peak Air Mattress Expedition
48 1996.07.10 Elkhorn Mountain by the Northwest Ridge
52 1987.08.04 West of Woss and East of Eden: Rugged Mountain
28 1980.05.15 Warden Peak, West Ridge
27 2009.02.14 Winter Climb on Kelly's Mountain with a Two Step Ending
46 1994.07.26 Elk River Ramble - Climb Rambler Peak, Mount Devoe
59 2009.03.14 Climb of Gros Morne in Winter
59 2001.07.27 Newfoundland Railway By Bicycle
29 2006.03.14 Blow-Me-Down (in winter)
39 2006.05.09 Blow-Me-Down (in spring)
59 2009.08.15 Rugged day, Rugged Mountain
Photo Essays Insert
9 1979.09.01 Mount Moriarty from the North
9 1996.07.12 Rambler Peak and Upper Elk River Valley
5 1999.09.01 View of Nomash Slabs
10 1987.08.05 Mount McKelvie from the North
4 1987.08.05 Merlon Peak from the South
4 2009.05.18 Butter Pot Mountain (North Side)
6 2009.05.18 Butter Pot from the Southeast (with Style)
8 1980.05.15 Kokummi Mountain
7 1980.05.15 Sutton Peak from the East
6 1980.05.15 West Ridge of Warden Peak
8 1980.05.15 Summit Block of Warden Peak

Road Bulletins
7 2017.08.18 Washout at 4.14 km G51.6 Emma Lake Branch
7 2015.06.06 Road in good condition W380
12 2012.08.01 Bannock FSR just 2wd driveable Bannock FSR
5 2006.05.09 Hiked part way up to get to Blow Me Down Blow Me Down Trail
4 2001.07.27 Drove this road to Howley Highway 401
5 2009.03.14 Used trail to get to summit James Callaghan Trail

Equipment Reviews Insert
2012.12.28 Stihl MS 192T Chainsaw
2011.04.24 Primus 96 Stove (Historic Kerosene Stove)

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