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Monthly Archives: January 2007

He probably is but that’s not enough to sequester my vote. The environment, sure its a hot topic. For anyone that has been outdoors for the past few decades you would have to be blind to not notice changes. Climate, ozone, intensity of the sun, the onslaught of pests taking advantage of environmental stresses are and have been impacting flora,fauna and eco-systems negatively.

When Kyoto was ratified in the 90’s a change could have been enacted then. Maybe it would have slowed down some changes, who knows….another decade has past and now climate change has become very topical. At least the word is out and the average joe might now be able to enact his vote to make change happen. Will there be a positive impact who knows.

Dion supports trade with China so is inadvertently supporting everything from pollution to social injustices. What we need is to use our own resources mental and physical to put Canada on the map. China wants Canada’s banks to become more involved in investment. Once that happens withdrawal from that sphere will become very difficult.

Canada’s manufacturing industry is devastated….the once thriving Canadian apparel industry, for example, has almost been totally nuked. The Liberal’s could have changed that but they did not.

I will not vote Liberal or Conservative, they are not forward thinking enough for me, they will jump on any current bandwagon to get a vote, a positive change has to be made.

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Fish Lake South Chilcotin

For anyone that does not know about this area…. it’s amazing. Hiking, fishing, mountain climbing, wild pristine, wildlife profuse, high scenics, high eco-values bio-diverse etc,
Go there, hike the Yohetta, ocean kayak Chilko Lake, ski-traverse glaciers unreal beauty land. Relatively untraveled but easy to get to if you want to. GO…. its Heart and Soul wilderness country. It takes about 10 hours from Vancouver.
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On a mountain traverse a few years ago from Goldbridge, north of Whistler, we ended up near pristine alpine Fish Lake very near Chilko Lake in Ts’ylos Provincial Park and just North of Big Creek Provincial Park. I could not believe the amount of fish in this little alpine lake. They were jumping like I had never seen before in any lake. Since, I have talked to helicopter pilots that have literally seen schools of trout in this lake.

Now, it is poised to be on the forefront of a precedent setting environmental issue that has nothing good for British Columbia’s future.

Now industry actually admittedly wants to destroy a productive natural entity for short term economic gain. Where does it stop? Is this right. Sacrifice a lake for economic gain?
Is that OK?

“Taseko’s plan for the Prosperity site is to build a dam from waste rock and tailings
just above Fish Lake on Fish Creek, effectively killing both.”

Unbelievably that is their actual intention. What’s wrong with this picture? It is not ethically or morally right…… is it???

“Kate Glover, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Environment, said last week the ministry would make no public comment on the two mine applications while they are in the process of an environmental assessment.
She did note that Fish Lake is home to an estimated 85,000 rainbow trout, of which 4,100 to 4,900 are caught annually.” Vancouver Sun Dec06

Precedent setting is this action to actually admittedly destroy a natural entity for short term economic gain. What of our children? Prosperity is for the developer and not for what is left behind.

In a hundred years, if we last that long, people will have nowhere to go that’s pristine and unsullied by industry. Most people in British Columbia do not realise what we have in pristine natural environment is actually a resource and years down the line people will be want to come here to experience it. WE will be lauded for saving it now for that future. Do you care?
If you do let this guy know how you feel.
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Paul Sproat, Regional Director General,
Major Projects Division, Fisheries and Oceans Canada,
200-401 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C.,
V6C 3S4.

Contrasting headlines in todays Globe and Mail. China’s military hardware spending 37.5 Billion dollars US. Research and development to put China on top in digital warfare likely double that amount 80 Billion.

China destroys satellite via satellite.

China wants Canadian Banks to invest more.

What does this mean to you?

A Few Winter Shots from my structure series. Last week I mangaged to get out and scoop a couple photos with the snow …wandering through Surrey on my way to Cloverdale. Changing envrronments impact and modify the landscape. How do these non-natural structures affect you?

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Road trips are great ….. dharma running…. Eat is another landscape structure photo. This impacts the visual landscape. Do you take it for granted or does it make you ask questions.
Eat is so big does it typify the people in Idaho. Could the sign be bigger? Why is the orange truck in the image? Does the truck have anything to with economy? What about the colours are they significant….who is Joseph Albers. What is colour theory? How does it make you feel?

Been out shooting some pixels, you sure do not need to be the conservator like with film. Its fast maybe too fast sometimes, you have to challenge yourself to slow down compose and think, still….. use a tripod.

Spent a couple of hours on Indian Arm checking out the ice and some of the winter storm damage, lots of debris in water, a few docks nuked. A chilly day but didn’t really need gloves….. bit of breeze on the way back pretty excellent day.

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This photo was over-exposed to get beyond 18% grey that the meter reads. You want white snow not grey snow. So it is OE 1.5-2 stops. This was a raging blizzard but a must travel day with sleds on a 2 week + trip we were late on this one. Storms came off the pacific one after another. The Monarch area is up near Bella Coola. We topo ed and GPS ed luckily avoiding cracks that would swallow you whole and not spit you out until the finality of global warming brightens some anthropologist’s day.

MONARCH SKI TRAVERSE

Storms this week have dumped mega snow all of it powder so go out and enjoy it. Kayak in the morning and go for a ski in the aft or evening. I was skiing the Powdercap a couple of years ago, of course carrying an inordinate amount of weight… the shot here is taken witha 5lb lens that I woofed for 4 days and god knows how much elevation gain…but it was all worth it….the composition here a sliver of light crested a ridge and gave this fleeting view for less than 5 minutes… then it was gone. My friend Mark and I were winter yaking in I Arm when the snow was down…and we’ll be doing the same this weekend…..get out and enjoy if you are on the coast of British Columbia…..and see some light.
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New recent glacial/hydro data confirms that glacial ice in the Canadian Rockies is now melting 24 hours a day everyday. This is the first time it has been documented in living memory that ice is melting during the night. There are 1300 glaciers on the east side of Canadian Rockies supplying water to the east and north, all are receeding. What will happen to water supplies in Calgary, Regina and Edmonton?

Here are a few shots to get you outside later this week the light will be great so take advantage of it. Skiing should be good too. If you are in the backcountry take beacons and probes and never ski alone.

One fellow on our Powderdap Traverse broke through the ice while getting water for dinner. So we lit a fire to dry his stuff out. It was a great trip skiing up Brandywine Creek and heading north into the high country below the Vulcans Thumb and across the vastness of the Powdercap icefield then down to Cahalghan Lake then down to the Sea to Sky. A good trip to for an intro to multi-day ski traversing relatively not as dangerous as other areas in terms of avalanche exposure.

Lillooet what a great trip more extreme 3 weeks climbed the east ridge of Monmouth with super views all the wayout to Wahoo Tower – Waddington – Chilcotin – etc.

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This photo was taken in the Adamant Range in the N. Selkirks Mountains of British Columbia
With the highest peak of that range in the background Sir Sandford Smith
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We Over nighted here one February years ago. Inversion trapped the fog in the lowlands below…sunny above 1000m.
Best to everyone for 2007.Climbers ready for the winter ascent of Blanchard’s Needle