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Chic Scott Patron of the 2016 Mountain Guides Ball Thank you for your ongoing dedication to alpine culture and mountain literature. Chic Scott on an early attempt of the esat face of Babel . {Photo: Urs Kallen , from The Bold and Cold) Le Club Alpin du Canada Gazette hiver 2016 13 people access to multi‑day hikes on the island is a terrific idea," Brown says. "Anything that promotes hiking on Vancouver Island and helps give access to some of our most beautiful areas is great." Brown also feels if anyone can make such an ambitious project happen, it's Parker, a former VI Section Chair. "Gil has an ability to turn visions into reality, whether it's developing solar energy or leading climbing trips to Russia," she says. To learn more or to donate, visit In the south, the trail will get a major boost in 2017 when the two southern regional districts, Capital Region and Cowichan Valley, complete a section over the Malahat, resulting in a continuous, combined Trans‑Canada Trail/VI Spine Trail from Victoria to Lake Cowichan. ere, the TCT heads north to Nanaimo while the VI Spine Trail turns northwest to connect with Port Alberni. North from Alberni on the historical Log Train Trail, the VI Spine Trail winds along the crest of the Beaufort Range to Cumberland, where it will climb into Strathcona Park, then follow a ridge east of Buttle Lake and Upper Campbell Lake to Strathcona Dam west of Campbell River. Further north, the VI Spine Trail passes Schoen Lake near the village of Woss, then over the spectacular Bonanza/ Ashwood Ridge to Port McNeill and Port Hardy, finally reaching the North Coast Trail and popular Cape Scott. Led by VI Spine Operations Director, Terry Lewis, this year's efforts focused on an area west of Campbell River, adding 63 kilometres of trail. Considering newly‑ built trail, plus existing trail and passable connectors, roughly half the VI Spine Trail's length is now walkable. Funding efforts have raised roughly $100,000 to date, much of it coming from contributions by VISTA members. Much more is needed to complete the trail. VISTA is registered under the B.C. Societies Act, and Federal charitable regulations, allowing tax‑deductible contributions. And we welcome financial support! e ACC's Vancouver Island Section has been a big supporter, con‑ tributing $1,400 over past years, which helped build the Tuck Lake Trail west of Cowichan Lake. Mike Hubbard, VI Section Chair in 2014/15, met Parker in 1981 after mov‑ ing to Victoria from Invermere, B.C. Parker led Hubbard's first ACC trip on the island, a six‑day trek on the West Coast Trail. During his tenure as Chair, Hubbard and the VI Section's treasurer, Colleen Kasting, attended the Vancouver Island Trails Network Conference put on by VISTA in 2014. "I was much impressed by the diverse participation from other outdoor groups and the scope of the proposed VI Spine Wilderness Trail, which was another of Gil's enthusiasms," Hubbard says. "As a result of that conference, our section made a financial contribution to VISTA and also joined as a member. Our section continues to be totally supportive of the trail and many members are participating in its development." Current VI Section Chair, Catrin Brown, has known Parker for more than 20 years and recalls climbing Mount Shasta and some of the other West Coast volcanic peaks with him. "Creating a corridor that will give

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