The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia

November 2022 NEWSLETTER


     Cloudburst Fall/Winter 2022 is here!


Included in this issue:

• Biking Vancouver Island and the Kinsol Trestle •

• The historically notable Swiss Edelweiss Village •

• A tribute to Jay MacArthur – Outdoors advocate •


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Mountain Matters

In Remembrance: Bob Nelson

Dr. Bob Nelson, a founding member of  two FMCBC’s clubs, died on November 1st following a 20-month struggle with cancer.

Bob was an avid hiker, explorer and mountaineer who helped to found the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club in 1974, and soon afterwards compiled a list of trails that would form the basis of a trail guide put out in the club's name.

Bob also helped to establish the notoriously steep, yet beautiful Erg Mountain Trail which he and a group of his students named after a unit of energy. Bob taught physics at the College of New Caledonia for 30 years, and he also started the Prince George Astronomical Society, built two observatories and studied the skies with his backyard telescope as well as a remote telescope in Arizona.

After retirement, his love of travel took Bob and his wife Lois to many countries throughout five continents. He particularly loved Maui, and enjoyed hundreds of scuba dives over the years. He leaves his wife, Lois of 55 years; his children David (Jodi), Dennis (Sonja), Jennifer and four grandsons: Justin, Jared, Oscar and Sullivan.

Mike Nash (Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club) remembers Bob Nelson.

Leave No Trace Canada and Explore Magazine Announce Partnership

Leave No Trace Canada announced that a new partnership has been formed with Explore Magazine to help promote the message of encouraging responsible outdoor recreation as visitor numbers increase dramatically to our many natural areas in all regions of Canada.

Moving forward, it is the hope of both parties that our many, favoured wild places in all parts of Canada will endure and thrive as our population continues to enjoy and benefit from these positive experiences. Visit their websites to find out more about Leave No Trace Canada and Explore magazine.

Avalanche Skills Training - Prince George, BC

Dezaiko Alpine Adventures have been avalanche educators since 1999, providing Avalanche Canada’s Avalanche Skills Training courses. They have helped hundreds of backcountry enthusiasts learn how to be safe in avalanche terrain.

The Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST1) courses are introductory level and are open to skiers, boarders and those traveling on snowshoes.

The Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 (AST2) course is intended for those who already have developed some avalanche safety skills and are looking to take their training to the next level.

  • AST1-snowshoe December 17-18
  • AST1-ski/board January 7-8
  • AST1-ski/board January 14-15
  • AST2-Ski/board January 21, 22-25 at Red Mtn Cabin
  • AST2-Ski/board January 21. 25-28 at Red Mtn Cabin.

Join the VIMFF online in November!

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is excited to bring you an adventure packed program that offers both in-person and online options.

25+ films about snowsports, climbing, cycling, exploration, the environment and more. There will be numerous premieres, showcasing powerful stories that will inspire your next adventure!

Invermere Film Festival

Fall is in the air! That can only mean one thing, pumpkin spice, everything nice and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, brought to you by Wildsight Invermere!

They are showing 13 films from around the world that will leave you feeling inspired and thinking about what more you can do can do to advocate for and protect our natural world. There will be lots of great door prizes, a cash bar, pizza/salad, popcorn and cookies to enjoy while the films roll on!

Prince George building boom extends into the backcountry

The Prince George Backcountry Recreation Society (PGBRS) has led the charge – thanks to an army of volunteers and contractors, new cabins have been built, old ones have been renovated, new trails have been cut and existing ones improved over the past few months and years.

Forest Practices Board (FPB) Strategic Priorities Survey

The Forest Practices Board is seeking your help to renew its vision and define strategic priorities.

Over the next 6 months, the Forest Practices Board will be developing a strategic plan to guide the organization for the next 3-5 years.

They are seeking input from members of the public and organizations that are interested/involved in forest and range practices in BC. 

In the News

Join the FMCBC and Make a Difference!

The FMCBC is looking for volunteers!

We are seeking volunteers with expertise in insurance for our Risk Management Committee and general members for our Trails Committee.

Contact or fill out our online form to tell us about yourself.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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