Presentation for the Red Cross Air Mercy Service (where I am a regular volunteer flight doctor) today. One of these days I will get around to narrating all these Prezi talks. My friend a colleague Jo Park-Ross from AMS and #badEM has made a video podcast of the talk – will post the link when it is up and running.
I originally made this list to help my family keep track and contact me during the NWAC 2015 Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre, but realised they may be useful for anyone visting the area and planning a run or two in Stanley Park (think Central Park, only muuuuuch cooler) or looking for some adventures in the British Columbia wilderness. Enjoy!
I stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel while in Vancouver, which was fantastic and right across the road from the Convention Centre, albeit somewhat of a stretch for many budgets. Several good runs, some geocaching and a visit to the Vancouver Acquarium were well worth while. See:
For the three days/two nights from 26-28 April I did a backcountry hiking/skiing to the Elfin Lakes Hut in Garibaldi Provincial Park, near Squamish, due North of Vancouver:
- Garibaldi Provincial Park (British Columbia) official webpage
- Garibaldi Provincial Park PDF Map (poor detail)
- Garibaldi Park downloadable trail conditions report (latest version in PDF)
- Elfin Lakes route guide and info on Whistler Hiatus page (snowshoeing but good info)
- Elfin Lakes route description with GPS waypoints on ClubTread
- Elfin Lakes route description and skiing areas on BackCountrySkiingCanada.com
- Sea-to-Sky region avalanche risk status
- Online booking of trail and accommodation permits in Garibaldi Park
- Downloadable Garmin (GPX) file of Elfin Lakes Waypoints
- Black Tusk Snowmobile Club webcam (next ridge over, similar elevation)
Hopefully some more photos to follow here soon, otherwise check my Instagram feed!
NWAC 2015 is in New York…are we getting excited already?
I’ve been tweaking the aesthetics of the blog to improve the user interface and make things, well, prettier. Have a look and tell me what you think! It is now integrated to include more images, including my Instagram feed. I am finding Instagram a very handy way of expressing photographic creativity:
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Let me know in the comments if you like the new interface and/or images!
“Humans are the most dangerous animals in the world; and in the wilderness there are far fewer of them.”
Definitely worth a read. I’m currently following Carrot as she hikes the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), after my father recommended her stream-of-consciousness book “Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart” to me, leaving me to consume it in a couple of days. This essay on The Toast captures the spirit of hiking.
Seems a bit out of place to be celebrating World Penguin Day as I fly north to the NWAC congress in Vancouver, but any excuse to think of penguins! One of my bucket-list items is seeing every species on Earth in the wild. I’ve done all of these and am about 70% through the list. Check out the infographic or watch this quick video if you are curious about these charismatic birds:
As must be apparent by now, the Hofmeyr clan is quite fond of the occasional long stroll…if by stroll you mean expedition far and wide in as much wilderness as we can find, preferably carrying our necessities on our backs. Franelise and I both grew up hiking and camping, albeit in very different environments, and have been able to enjoy some great wildernesses together, culminating in our off-season circuits in the Falklands and Patagonia. My brother Stephen was well on his way through the 2650-mile Pacific Crest Trail in the USA when he had to return to SA unexpectedly, and plans to return with his new wife Kristen to complete it. Now my dad David and step-mom Jane are about to depart to walk the Camino Frances (Camino de Santiago, or Way of St James) across Spain to Santiago de Compostella over the course of the next 6 weeks. They have started a blog, “Midlife Meanders,” to allow us all to track their progress and read about the experience. Check it out!
I’m off in the bush having a break, but here is a random chameleon for you.
I’ve been waiting to see this kind of application! Now just to get Glass in SA…
Such a pleasure to watch anaesthetic audiences getting into using Twitter to enhance conference experiences. Check out #pacsa2014 during the current congress: