Miscellaneous

Non buildering related drivel.

Freight Across Canada

pass In the hole. Unity, Sask. km 1612. In 2002 I retired at the age of 26. The company I was working for was sold, and I made enough from the sale to put a significant down payment on property in Vancouver -- but instead I retired. I knew it wasn't enough to retire permanently and I would have been much better off investing in real-estate, but there's something about telling people you are retired in your mid-twenties that is priceless. I squandered most of my time on semi-useful things like learning to DJ, building a website, and playing a shit-tonne of video games (entirely not useful). The highlight was the traveling around Canada, Mexico, and Europe. I hopped a freight train from Vancouver to Jasper fulfilling a life-long dream to ride the rails, and vowed to attempt a larger cross-Canada trip in the future. In 2005 I headed back to work and it wasn't until the summer of 2009 that I made good on my promise to myself. ...

Longhike ’09

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Ard. Focused. Buck Buck. (p) Tawcan

by Ard. photos by Tawcan Every year the UBC Varsity Outdoor Club begins the school season with a weekend rock climbing school and party. It's called Longhike, borrowing from the early roots of the club when the big kickoff event was in fact a long hike. At some point in the 1970s people figured out that long hikes weren't nearly as fun as rock climbing, so the objective changed but the name stuck. Having been the club's DJ for over a decade, I've probably been to more Longhikes than anyone, except Roland who has been an active member since the '60s: "I believe I went on Longhike 1960. We chartered a ferry and went from downtown Vancouver to Woodfibre, where we were served spaghetti and then got to party in the school gym before sleeping there. My air mattress went flat. Sunday we hiked up Sedgwick or one of the related peaks (Roderick?), which have fallen out of favour since the Woodfibre Ferry shut down." The rock school always takes place in Squamish. The location of the party traditionally has been at the VOC Whistler Lodge, now known as the UBC Whistler lodge after the Alma Mater Society appropriated the property from the club. Yes, the VOC built that lodge. Yes the AMS took it from us. Yes we fought in court over it. Yes we lost -- something about the VOC being a club of the AMS. Pfft. Anyway, for years the AMS kindly allowed us to have our Longhike party at the lodge, but then one year they claimed we were too rowdy and that was the end of that. Read more... ...

North Gully Slackline

north gully slackline
I spent last weekend helping haul gear for the Extreme Ginger kid, aka Robin Avery, for an impressive 38 m long, 240 m high* slackline over the North Gully between the Second and Third Squamish Chief peak. I was hoping to give the line a try. I've dabbled in highlining in the past, but as it would turn out, I've still got a long way to go before I'm in the league of the Gingers. I'm not gonna front, I was way the fuck outta my element. My "attempt" consisted of tyrolean-ing across just for kicks. Read more... ...

POTW: Cokering

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cokering.

If climbing boulders is bouldering, climbing buildings is buildering, climbing Jello sculptures is foodering (according to the late great Guy Edwards), then climbing giant stacks cocaine would be cokering. This week's pic is the Jan 14th, 2005 cover of Life magazine. One could argue that those are stacks of coffee, but as the title alludes to, and as anyone who's ever watched an 80's movie could tell you, smuggling coke in coffee bags is standard Columbian modus operandi. Click read more for bigger pic. ...

Poem Of The Week*

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C. Bukowski, 1976

In a buildering.net first I thought I'd share a poem with you. Its from Charles Bukowski titled Pulled Down Shade. I could pretend that I know all about "Buk", that I've been reading his stuff for years, that I actually READ. But no, my reading is limited to LP liner notes and the occasional '70s Iron Horse -- which is why I love this poem. Read more for the goods... *THIS week. Chances of future Poem Of The Week not good. ...

Ascension to Bumdom

This dude gives me a boner. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie of homelessness. She's the one on the left. I often dream...

Bouldering amongst the buildings.

John Frankland boulder

It's big. And it's down the road.

A few months ago, I was chatting to a guy called John down at Mile End Climbing Wall (London, UK) when he mentioned that he was planning on bringing two massive boulders all the way from Cornwall, and putting them in two parks in east London as part of an art project. Part of me assumed that this was probably some grand, over-ambitious idea and would never happen - but what an idea. Read more... ...

Cats with Hats

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I found a great sushi place near La Villa called Applause sushi. Nobody knows about it, and unfortunately their location isn't conducive to random passer-bys (welcome to Marpole). I eat there almost every night, partly because I feel bad that them, but mainly because the food kicks ass. I'd go so far as to say it's on par with Tojo's, the famous $100 a head sushi joint. Read more...
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