Christmas Extension Cord Safety

by: Rich Weare
Posted on: December 5, 2016 2:53 pm

Everyone loves a house that decorated with lots of Christmas lights, but there’s some safety tips that you need to be aware of before you start. Each year, holiday lighting contributes to injuries caused by electrical shock, falls and fires. Holiday lighting fires annually cause property damage in excess of $16 million. Consider the following to av …


Winter Boots

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 4, 2016 7:54 pm

We hike and snowshoe all winter using our regular hiking boots.   This is how we do it. We have good hiking boots – vibram-type soles, leather and goretex, a gusseted tongue, proper bootlaces, and good coverage above the ankles.   These are boots we can backpack in, climb up steep slopes, do long days in the alpine, and so …


Nicola River

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 3, 2016 8:46 am

The Nicola River’s source is in the highlands west of Okanagan Lake on the west side of the divide, north of the Bear Creek Recreation area and south of the Shorts Creek watershed.   The meltwaters of the mountains and high plateau at about 1700 m (5580 feet collect in many streams to become the Nicola River which runs for 3 km sout …


Frog Lake and Crab Creek Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 1, 2016 4:52 pm

Just south of Potholes Reservoir is the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, an area of lava flow cliffs, lakes, ponds, grasslands, and canyons.   It is part of the channeled scablands, scoured by the release of an ice age lake, an eroded and complex terrain.   We drove into the middle of the Refuge to hike the Frog Lake – Mesa L …


Reconciliation requires recognizing rights-based fishing

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: December 1, 2016 5:30 am

(Photo Credit: Nick Thompsonvia Flickr) Fishing is as emblematic to Canada as ice hockey. It’s also a way of life with a long tradition in coastal Indigenous communities. But since European contact, it’s been all but eliminated as an economic development opportunity for them. As Canada struggles to come to terms with reconciliation, court cases are …


Into the Charlotte Alplands

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 29, 2016 4:54 pm

There are no trails or roads into the Charlotte Alplands.   Access is mainly by floatplane from Nimpo Lake or for a few, by rough horsepack routes from Charlotte Lake.  We flew into Fish Lake and hiked around the Fish – Frog Lake area then hiked out past Cowboy Lakes.   There are other ways to get into the Charlotte A …


Tranquille River

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 28, 2016 8:01 am

The source of the Tranquille River are the meltwaters of the southern end of the Silwohiakun Plateau.   A dozen streams flow down the slopes below Porcupine Ridge (6000 feet) and end up In Tranquille Lake.   The river really starts at the lake, but the log starts at the longest stream that flows into the lake. Km 0.0 – Por …


Dewdrop Traverse

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 27, 2016 11:35 am

The Dewdrop Traverse is a route that spans 19 km one way from the Red Lake Road to Hardie Hill,  across the top of Red Plateau.   It follows old double tracks, the Dewdrop Trail (single track), and some new single tracks on the west end set by motorcyclists, mountain bikers, and hikers.   Only the middle section (the Dewdro …


Cantilever Range

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 25, 2016 4:52 pm

The Cantilever Range is a part of the Lilloet Ranges on the western side of the Freser River.   None of the peaks are easy access.   Hikers go up the Stein River but the peaks are too far below the treed valley to be visible    We do see them from the tops of hills and mountains in our area, though.   Fr …


Better discourse for a kinder world

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: November 24, 2016 5:30 am

(Credit: opensource.com via Flickr) The U.S. election was a chilling illustration of the atrocious state of public discourse. It doesn’t bode well for a country once admired for leadership in education and science. As public relations expert and former David Suzuki Foundation board chair James Hoggan writes in I’m Right and You’re an Idiot, “pollut …