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October 22, 2016 To recap, on August 9th of this year, 2020 wrote to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations regarding the obligation of Whistler Blackcomb to restore public parking and vehicular access to the Singing Pass trail head at the park boundary. See the news blog here: 2020 presses minister to make good on Singing Pass parking Read more about the Singing Pass Trail fiasco here: Singing Pass Trail Fiasco Summary On September 30th, we received a response...

Mamquam Mountain - 2588 meters/8491 feet - Location: 49.77528, - 122.85083 Mamquam Mountain is the highpoint of the sprawling Mamquam Icefield massif in southern Garibaldi Provincial Park. The approach is fairly long and is often done on skis via Skookum Creek or Elfin Lakes. The standard summit route is along the easy northwest ridge. "Many parties routinely fail to climb this summit" according to Anders Ourom in the Fairley guide.  It was first climbed in 1911 by B. Gray, C....

The following maps pertaining to the Garibaldi Park Wilderness Conservation Zone and the Whistler Heli-Ski Park Use Permit are constructed from BC Park's own map of the wilderness conservancy posted at the Elfin Lakes Trailhead.  The BC Parks map of the Wilderness Conservation Zone suggests that the conflict between Heli-Ski Operations in Garibaldi Park and the Wilderness Conservation Zone is much worse than previously mapped and understood by Garibaldi Park 2020. The blue line...

September 17, 2016 2020 wrote to Honourable Mary Polak, Minister of Environment demanding that the Whistler Heli-skiing park use permit for the Spearhead Range not be renewed in October 2016 when the current permit expires. We have uncovered significant irregularities with the current permit that cause us great concern.

September 12, 2016 2020 raised concerns about the commercial heli-skiing permit in Garibaldi Park in our June 23, 2016 blog article entitled BC Parks approves heli-ski landing zones in Garibaldi Park's wilderness conservation zone. In the blog article, 2020 contends, Mapping by 2020 reveals for the first time that a commercial recreation park use permit for helicopter landing zones inside Garibaldi Park's wilderness conservation zone was granted to Whistler Heli Skiing Ltd. by BC...

Trail Daze 2015 Trail work by Heathens Mountaineering Club at Crest Creek Crags Vancouver Island B.C. Some British Columbians are still under the illusion that BC Parks is the underfunded white-knight protector of our parklands.   While this was once true decades ago, a growing number of experiences by groups such as the Heathens Mountaineering Club and Garibaldi Park 2020 (amongst several others) suggest that the BC Parks Organization of the 21st...

August 22, 2016 Journalist Jennifer Thuncher of The Squamish Chief newspaper interviews 2020 co-founder Chris Ludwig about the perception there is a double standard employed by the Ministry of Environment. The one for commercial interests allows trespass by mechanized park users into the wilderness conservation zone, the trammelling of park values and the extirpation of mountain goats from their ungulate winter range. Read the Squamish Chief article here:...

This page contains links to quality websites that feature Articles and Photos pertaining to the history of Garibaldi Park: Hollyburn Heritage Articles: Explorations in Garibaldi Park (1930) http://www.hollyburnheritage.ca/hiking/garibaldi-provincial-park/explorations-in-garibaldi-provincial-park-1930-s/ Garibaldi Park Historic Photo Gallery: http://www.hollyburnheritage.ca/hiking/garibaldi-provincial-park/garibaldi-provincial-park-around-garibaldi-lake/ Elfin Lakes and Diamond Head...

Government Annual Reports

The following list of Annual Reports comes from the Provincial Government's Website at: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/library/annual/annual_reports.htm The documents listed below are hosted on the Government Server.  Of particular note is that British Columbia once had a Ministry of Recreation and Conservation.  These reports reveals the early BC Parks organization to be one focused on recreation, trail construction, and productive consulatation and collaboration with volunteers....

Garibaldi Park 2020 letter to Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations on private vehicle access along the public road to the designated parking lot at Singing Pass trail head, vicinity of Harmony Creek adjacent Garibaldi Provincial Park boundary at Fitzsimmons Creek. Response from Mr. Norman Lee, Executive Director, Mountain Resorts Branch with assigned reference no. 224595. August 9, 2016 The Honourable Steve Thomson Minister of Forests, Lands...

August 9, 2016 Research by the organization Garibaldi Park 2020 has found compelling evidence that Whistler Blackcomb is in violation of the Land Act by restricting public vehicle access up Fitzsimmons Creek to the Singing Pass trail head adjacent the Garibaldi Provincial Park boundary. The 1982 Master Development Agreement between Whistler Mountain and the Province of British Columbia clearly shows the Fitzsimmons Creek road as "public access road" and "park access right-of-way"....

Monster in the Woods

MONSTER IN THE WOODS Words & Music by Frank Ludwig Performed by “Buck ‘n the Trailblazers”     There’s a monster in the woods. – Say Watt! There are monsters in the woods, and it’s “Parks” – Say who? And they lie and they threaten, change the laws as a weapon Hikers better watch out where you’re steppin’ ‘cuz there’s a monster in the woods Monster in the woods like Helipads and skiing Monsters in the woods back condos,...

Glacier change in Garibaldi Provincial Park, southern Coast Mountains, British Columbia, since the Little Ice Age Authors: Johannes Koch a, Brian Menounos b, John J. Clague a a Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5A 1S6 b Geography Program and Natural Resources Environmental Studies Institute, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC, Canada V2N 4Z9 GlacierChangeInGaribaldiProvincialParkSinceLittleIceAge.pdf Dr....

Report on the historical use and development of Garibaldi Provincial Park with emphasis on the Black Tusk and Diamond Head areas, by Katie Bell in 1984. GaribaldiParkCulturalHistory1984.pdf Of interest is a paragraph on page 2 that summarizes First Nations use. The local Indian tribes did not establish any known camps or set up any structures in the Black Tusk and Diamond Head areas of Garibaldi Provincial Park. The only known use of the park area by Indians was for obsidian which they...

July 11, 2016 Via the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC list server and originally from the Vancouver Island Climbing and Mountaineering Group comes this information on the Crest Creek Crags climbing routes in Crest Creek Crags Provincial Park on Vancouver Island maintained by The Heathens club. On January 26, 2016, the Parks branch issued a stop work order to the Heathens Club regarding their maintenance projects at Crest Creek. The club has officially maintained the trail network at...

June 23, 2016 Mapping by the organization Garibaldi Park 2020 reveals for the first time that a commercial recreation park use permit for helicopter landing zones inside Garibaldi Park's wilderness conservation zone was granted to Whistler Heli Skiing Ltd. by BC Parks. The map is on the Backcountry Access BC web site here: Spearhead Heli-skiing Custom Map If that is not bad enough, harmful noise from Decker, Trorey and Tremor landing zones (LZ) blankets virtually the entire ungulate winter...

2020 is probing the troubling inconsistencies arising from the alleged mineral lick "discovered" by Officer Watt on Darling Ridge. 9000 years ago Squamish indigenous people establish first habitation in the vicinity of present day Squamish. The then shoreline of the inlet is near the locality of Cheekye, which is above Brackendale near the confluence of Cheekye and Squamish Rivers. (Source: Squamish historian Ander Ourom.) The Cordilleran ice sheet that blanketed all but the highest points...

Spearhead Heli-skiing Park Use Permit Map  Note: This map shows the permit that expired in 2016. A new permit was issued with significant changes in the permit area. See our blog article: Whistler Heli-skiing park use permit area significantly reduced In summary, Whistler Heli-Skiing has reduced their permit area to remove areas of high use in the vicinity of Decker Mountain, as well as runs in the Iago and Quiver areas. Showing Garibaldi Provincial Park and Blackcomb Glacier...

May 28, 2016 Cypress Mountain backcountry access closure due to parking not public safety The wintertime enforcement of Cypress Mountain Resorts' backcountry access policy is parking related. Quite simply, early snowshoers are taking up parking spots meant for paying customers. How this works is that there is a short section in the controlled recreation area that snowshoers and other backcountry users must cross to reach Black Mountain, Yew Lake, Bowen Lookout and Howe Sound Crest...

May 12, 2016 2020 submits Darling Lake Heritage Trail Proposal to the Honourable Mary Polak This follows the discussion of Darling Lake Heritage Trail with Mr. George Heyman, NDP MLA in the legislature on April 25th. From the covering letter to the proposal. We are greatly encouraged that you and your Government is seriously considering righting the wrongs of the past by expanding hiking opportunities in Garibaldi Provincial Park by offering to fully restore the Darling Lake Heritage...

May 9, 2016 2020 receives FOI responses for alleged Darling Lake mineral lick and communications with First Nations The material received regarding communications between government employees and Squamish First Nation, or any other first nation pertaining to or mentioning the Darling Lake Trail, Darling Lake or Darling Ridge was almost 100% redacted. The information content was close to zero. What does that suggest? Is there something to hide? The FOI response for the alleged mineral lick...

May 8, 2016 Victim crossing creek in Lynn Headwaters dies after striking head on rock - BC Coroner http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/norvan-falls-hiker-cardiac-arrest-north-shore-rescue-1.3573000 2020 Commentary In summer of 2015, BCMC volunteer trail maintainers restored access to the heritage Darling Lake Trail. As a safety requirement, a steel handline was rigged above a log spanning the east fork of Skookum Creek (the so-called Paranoid Creek). In August, park rangers...

Heli-skiing in Garibaldi Park has been around since the 1970s. Whistler Heli-skiing Ltd. operates under a park use permit. Whistler Heli-skiing Ltd. is owned by Whistler Blackcomb. The most recent permit was issued in October 2016 through 2026. The previous permit was for five years ending in 2016. Ski Area Management magazine reported in September 2006 that Whistler Blackcomb (which itself was then owned by Intrawest): Intrawest Corporation acquired Whistler Heli-Skiing in a transaction...

April 26, 2016 Garibaldi Park 2020 and 2020 issues discussed and debated in the Victoria Provincial Legislature NDP Environment Critic George Heyman brought several key 2020 issues to the legislature, including the Garibaldi at Squamish Resort Proposal, The Darling Lake Trail, and other important 2020 concerns.   Read the transcript here: https://www.leg.bc.ca/documents-data/debate-transcripts/40th-parliament/5th-session/20160425pm-House-Blues Today was a very promising day for the...

April 26, 2016 These are informal comments made to Garibaldi Park 2020 a week after the April 26th meeting. It is not a minutes because it only summarizes the recollections of two groups in favour of the option to park at the IPP site. AttendanceSpearhead Huts: Manrico Scremin, Jayson FaulknerFMCBC: Brian Wood, Michael FellerACC (Whistler): Rupert Mehrer, Bryce LeighWB: Doug ForsethMRB: Tori Meeks and assistantBC Parks: Katy Chambers, Chris Platz, Vikki HaberlSport Legacies: John...

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