Written on July 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm, by Scott
Written on June 20, 2014 at 8:30 am, by Scott
Jim had electric lines, water lines, septic pipes and propane all in the same trenches. One day Patrick came upon an outdoor electric socket with water pouring out of the plug. He found out that a join in a nearby water line had separated. Because the electric line had been threaded through cheap pipe, the water got into that pipe. The circuit breaker had shut the power off and the plug coming out of the ground was done properly. Patrick repaired the leaking water line and all was well
A more serious event happened and Patrick almost got electrocuted. The furnace in the Annex had frozen pipes. He walked up the hill with a propane torch to thaw the pipes. Because he didn’t want to go back down to get Read more
Written on May 30, 2014 at 8:30 am, by Scott
TIM RIPPEL 1983
I was accepted in the 4 month Guide program at Strathcona Park Lodge in March of 1983. After the course I was hired and worked six seasons instructing and guiding school groups, and led the COLT -Land based program teaching survival,search and rescue, climbing and mountaineering courses. My first High Altitude climb took place while on an expe- dition with Rob and Laurie Wood from Strathcona, with a group to Mt. Waddington.
I left Strathcona to I work winters as the leader of the Pro-Patrol team at Powder King Ski Village in the Pine Pass, mountain safety and eventually also ran outside operations. It was here I met Becky who was running ski tours up to this area from Prince George. Working winters allowed me the flexibility to get out into the mountains in the spring and summer and climb in other parts of the world.
Becky had two children so we had to pull out ￼￼￼￼￼from northern ski post and move to a community for school. We chose Nelson, B.C. We built a log home in the woods together and I worked winters as a Heli Ski Guide with Kootenay Heli Ski, now CMH. I trained for my first Everest expedition while working at Powder King. Becky joined me to ￼climb Everest in 1991, my first Everest climb Read more