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Robin Tivy
(Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
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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
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
51 2018.02.10 Clinker West Peak via Conroy Creek
37 2018.01.28 Mount Sproatt Ski in the Drenching Snow
44 2018.01.20 Elfin Hut via Winter Ski Route
52 2017.12.03 Hanging Lake - Beverly Creek Loop
51 2017.10.15 Tonic Peak via new Trails
40 2017.10.08 Sea to Sky Gondola - Evac Trail then Habrich Ridge
47 2017.08.14 Mount Forster attempt via Grizzly Lakes Road
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Feature Photos Insert
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
8 2016.07.27 Gregorio Peak and Gwillim Lakes
9 2016.07.26 Upper Urd Peak (300m)
8 2016.07.25 View of Mulvey Group including Gladsheim from Mt Buri
8 2016.03.18 Lynx Peak from Dakota Lookout
8 2015.10.04 Darling Peaks from NW ridge of Manic Peak
10 2015.10.04 Paranoid and Crawford Peaks from Manic Peak
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Road/Trail Bulletins
4 2018.03.06 Hiked part of this trail in snow King Crest Trail
9 2018.03.07 Hiked north to Timber Point Lost Coast Trail
9 2018.03.05 Hiked South from the Mattole Campground Lost Coast Trail (Mattole)
3 2000.01.01 Road plowed to within 1 mile of Mendocino Pass Mendocino Pass Road
4 2018.03.04 Road Smooth and level Lighthouse Road (Mattole)
3 2018.03.08 Very little traffic California Highway 1
4 2018.03.06 Road steep and winding Mattole Road
9 2018.03.07 Road steep but in good shape Usal Road
3 1982.12.30 Avalanche on Isolated Col Bow-Isolated Col Ski Route
5 1976.04.15 Glorious trip Bow-Isolated Col Ski Route
8 2018.02.10 Continuous snow cover, zero alder Conroy Creek FSR
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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 too many categories of surface?
ATV Users Campaign to use all of Kettle Valley RR
Background Maps For Your GPS
Bivouac Community Features
Bivouac Trip Difficulty Levels
Boots coming undone while bushwacking
Carbon Tax Discussion
Catalog of Stupid Arguments (and their answers)
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