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Paul Kubik
(Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
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Climb to stay fit
I first heard of the Internet in the late seventies when I was at SFU although then it was called a "community net" or something like that. A professor had actually experimented with a prototype which was just an e-mail and news server system with no graphics. You had to go to a special terminal to use it and it was probably only 300 bits per second which today is unbelievably slow. But the concept was the thing.
  I was starting to get more involved in back country trips around this time and I could see how the concept would work for reporting logging road conditions, new roads etc. Exactly the sort of thing guidebooks go out of date with rather quickly. Robin Tivy and I talked in the late 1980s about how it would work but this was when almost no one had a home PC. At the time I was thinking we needed sponsors such as MEC who would have a terminal in the store where people could go and put information in and get road reports out.
  Of course the technology took a long time before anyone could actually do anything really useful with it but many of us now have home computers or the libraries have them and thanks to Robin we have the Bivouac site where hopefully we can keep on adding maps, bulletins and road, trail and climbing reports for a long time. Climbing Resume In case anyone really came to this page to find out who I am here's a resume of my climbing background.
  • 1990-1992 President, BC Mountaineering Club
  • Spring 1996 Joint BCMC/Swiss Alpine Club (Rossberg Section) Dais Glacier ski camp organizer
  • Summer 1989 Southern Canadian Rockies climbing camp organizer
  • Summer 1986 Tchaikazan Valley climbing camp organizer
  • 1987-1989 Director, Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC
  • A serious climb (for me): Mount Robson; Mount Assiniboine
  • A serious ski traverse: Tantalus Range; McBride Range
  • Best vertical skiing: Pelion Mountain; Emmons Glacier on Mount Rainier; Mount Baker (either side)
  • Memorable bushwhacks: anything with slide alder and skis on the pack; the Lake Lovelywater trail after it was logged; the west side of the Squamish River, in general.
  • Trip Reports Insert
    53 2013.02.17 Sigurd Peak North Face Ski
    48 2013.01.12 Rainbow Mountain via Beverley Creek
    46 2012.07.14 Sigurd-Pokosha Horseshoe hike n bike
    27 2012.06.17 Tunnel Bluffs to the Yahoo cabin
    56 2012.04.21 Conroy to Clinker - Ski Trip up Conroy Creek to Clinker Peak
    39 2010.02.13 Mount Harvey Ski Tour (From South)
    68 2010.02.06 Stuyvesant Slot Tour, Ashlu Elaho Divide
    46 2009.05.09 Ipsoot Mountain on skis from Rutherford Branch 550
    44 2009.03.21 Frosty Mountain West Peak - Ski Descent to Flash Lake
    47 2009.01.17 Mount Windsor on Skis
    49 2008.11.09 Lions Trail Mayhem - Trail Repair Photos
    ..more
    Feature Photos Insert
    5 2015.11.20 Dreadnought (Crawford W2) Peak from NNW
    6 2014.09.15 Corteo Peak East Face
    4 2014.01.18 Deserted Peak from Blanca
    8 2014.01.18 Abandoned Peak from Blanca
    8 2013.09.16 Switchblade, Jackknife and Stiletto
    9 2013.09.16 Copper Benchmark from Copper Pass
    6 2013.09.16 Rainy Peak
    7 2013.09.14 Whistler Mountain from Cutthroat Peak
    8 2013.09.12 Cutthroat Peak South Side
    10 2013.09.11 Frisco Mountain
    4 2013.03.31 Little Diamond Head from Alice Ridge
    ..more

    Road/Trail Bulletins
    2 2017.06.24 Cleared, brushed out with Backcountry Horsemen work bee Similkameen Trail
    2 2017.06.17 Reconnaisance survey of disused trail Alice Ridge Trail
    7 2017.06.17 Stopped by snow at 1065 metres Alice Ridge road
    2 2017.05.31 This is now a road Furry-Downing Connector Road
    2 2017.05.31 500 meters of road reactivated north of Downing Creek crossing Downing Creek Road
    2 2017.05.08 Trail waypoints and description don't make sense North Creek Trail - Westside
    1 2017.04.25 Unloading at KM 9.5 Hurley River Road
    2 2017.04.20 Plowed to 5 km Rutherford Main
    2 2017.04.21 Not too bad for skiing and walking Ashlu A604
    1 2017.04.03 Snowed in to a depth of about 1 1/2 meters at the bottom Beverley Creek Winter Trail
    2 2017.04.10 Snowed in McDonald South Trail
    ..more

    Equipment Reviews Insert

    General Articles Insert
    16 Bump Wimp - Selecting a Backcountry Vehicle
    3 Backcountry zoning - contrary opinion

    Discussions Insert
    Blunder mapping Kallahne Creek
    Inexplicable vents on alpine summits
    Letter to Parks Re: Sigurd Master Plan
    Macintosh OS X and JavaMap/ZoomMap
    Origin of Spoon Lake, Cheam Range
    Parking fee poorly implemented
    Phantom Lake - the danger of keeping areas "secret"
    Proposed Swift Creek trail and Brohm Ridge ski development
    Station Rose vs. Sigurd Peak naming
    Trail Clearing invitation - Sigurd Trail and Sigurd Peak Trail
    Westside Road (Fraser Canyon) - regularly plowed?
    ..more