Frosty Mountain Summit

The summit silent movie.. volume up!

At the peak of Mount Frosty, Elevation 2408 meters.

Mount Frosty, E C Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia.

Evening on the Canada Line

Evening on the Canada Line – Waterfront Station – me & the gents..

The Lamar Transit Advertising team: Dan Maure (Sales Manager), Byron Montgomery (General Manager), Iwona Erskine-Kellie (Lead Production Coordinator), and Jay Sharpe (BC Operations Manager) was invited to participate in the Canada Line pre-opening reception last Thursday August 13th 2009.

The new Canada Line was officially launched today, months ahead of schedule and under budget at a cost of $2 billion. The new Canada Line skytrain will connect downtown Vancouver and YVR International Airport in Richmond. The ride from downtown Vancouver to the YVR is expected to take 25 minutes. It is also expected that Canada Line will help to relieve traffic congestion during the 2010 Vancouver Games in February.

The service will officially start today, August 17, and will be free to use 1-9 PM PST. Regular fares will apply starting Tuesday. Celebrations are scheduled at new skytrain stations. City officials will be in attendance.

More photos from the Evening on the Canada line can be found on my Flickr.

School fire in East Vancouver

East Vancouver Khalsa School is being consumed by the fire. This is all the smoke that could be seen from the SkyTrain window when I’m on my way to work in Burnaby on this sunny and very hot Thursday morning. This photo was taken just before 8am this morning as the train was passing the Holdom SkyTrain station. Apparently there was not much left of the building.. luckily no one was hurt. The fire crew got the fire down by about 9:30am.

red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet..

On my way back home, from one full day of hiking the Garibaldi Park trails and mountains, I’ve experienced this gigantic beautiful rainbow spread out over the Sea-to-Sky Highway..

Descending Liberty Bell

There are three ways to safely descend a steep slope: turn sideways and step with your knees bent; dig you heels into the earth; or flex your ankles and walk down slowly.. well, there is also the ever ‘graceful’ descending backwards option, which I highly recommend for descending the ever so steep and rocky Liberty Bell’s approach gully..

Mountaineering Gear

My Mount Shasta mountaineering gear:
– Backpack
– 4 Season Tent
– Sleeping Bag (-9C rating) & Two Sleeping Mats
– GPS & Maps
– Waterproof Mountaineering Boots
– Crampons
– Snow-Shoes
– Helmet
– Mountaineering Axe
– Ankle Gaiters
– Trekking Poles
– Backcountry Shovel
– Rented from MEC the Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon
– Headlamp
– Handwarmers
– Soves, Fuel & Pots
– Food & Water
– Water Purification Tablets (for melted snow)
– Sharp Knife
– First Aid Kit
– Sunglasses!
– Sunscreen!
– A Small Towel
– Change of Clothes
– Waterproof Clothes
– Down Jacket, Gloves x2 & Warm Hat
– Picked up a ‘poo’ bag at the trailhead

Rock Climbing @ Star Chek, Cheakamus Canyon

How to overcome vertigo?

Go climbing with Jason Wheeler:

1.  Be told (by Jason) that you can’t climb Star Chek.

2.  He’ll say he’ll take your friends climbing instead, so then later they can show you how this can be done.

3. Then, of course you’ll need to Prove You Can Do IT!

4. Rappel and climb Star Chek.. Under Jason’s watchful eye of course..


Rock Climbing @ Fern Gully, The Little Smoke Bluffs

Top Rope  Course with Jason Wheeler.

Course Content:
-Types of knots
– Using fixed anchors
-Using natural anchors
– Cleaning anchors
-Rappelling and rappelling back up
– Ascending, use of prussic
– Assessment of Hazards
– Common mistakes and what to try and avoid
– Discussion about safety procedures
– Climbing will not be the focus of this course, we will climb providing it is not raining but the focus is on rope work.


Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity – Tykocin, kościół Trójcy Przenajświętszej.

The Tykocin old town square, called a Rynek in Polish, is actually a rectangle and quite large for such a small village. As in Germany, most Polish towns were built around a central square with a Catholic Church and the town hall as the main features. In the middle of the Rynek in Tykocin is a statue of Stefan Czarniecki, a hero of the war against the Swedes in the 17th century. According to the tour guide, the King gave the whole town to him in gratitude for his heroism. The statue was erected in his honor by his grandson, Jan Branicki, in 1770.


Squirrel Proverb
by Stephen A. Peterson

A dozen squirrels one day were playing squirrel games in an Eastern Oklahoma forest when two of their fellow squirrels fell into a deep pit. Within minutes, the remaining squirrels gathered around the pit. When the other squirrels saw how deep the pit was and that they had no devices to help lift them out of the pit, they told the two-trapped squirrels that they were as good as dead.

The two squirrels, although trapped, ignored the other squirrels and tried with all their remaining energy to get out of the pit. Still the other squirrels continued to tell them that they were wasting their time and energy and that they would die.

Finally, one of the squirrels bowed to group pressure and gave up. He quit trying to escape and died. The remaining squirrel ignored the other squirrels and continued to do whatever he could to get out of the pit.

As before, the crowd of squirrels urged him to end his pain and suffering because he just did not have a chance. Rather than listen to their negative comments, the remaining squirrel tried even harder. To the other squirrels’ surprise the remaining trapped squirrel made it out of the pit!

When he joined the group of squirrels once again, they asked him, “say didn’t you hear us?” The exhausted squirrel simply looked and smiled. They soon learned that the lone surviving squirrel was unable to hear. The deaf squirrel thought the other squirrels were encouraging him get out of the pit so rather than just give up and die, the lone surviving squirrel tried harder.

This old Native American tale has several lessons. First, that the tongue possesses immense power though small in size. Second, when people do not submit this small organ to the Principles and Will of God, the tongue has the power to destroy. Therefore, great care should be taken when one speaks!

The proverb also says a lot about the value of being deaf to the wrong voice, eh?