Nature Vancouver 2015 Summer Camp – Mount Renshaw
August 2 to 9 and August 9 to 16
The 2015 camp was located next to a pristine alpine lake near Mount Renshaw, just to the northeast of McBride. The location, which connects with the National Hiking Trail, featured spectacular alpine meadows and terrain suitable for rambling ridge walks and circumnavigation of Mount Renshaw on the NHT. Located at an altitude of 1890 m (6200 ft), the area had great botanizing, birding and photographing opportunities. See Google Map for the location of the camp.
The camps were fully catered from Sunday evening dinner to a packed lunch on the final Sunday by our wonderful cooks Mim and Dee.
Of special note for past campers, the 2015 camp offered an opportunity to connect with the ever popular former cook Jane McClinton who, with her husband Len, hosted a special pre-camp Saturday night feast at their farm near McBride. For a small number of lucky campers, Jane and Len offered B&B rooms before and after the camps to spend more time in the beautiful Robson Valley. Some participants camped at the farm. Len also accompined the campers and the supply truck along the decommisioned logging road up to the staging area. He provided wooden planks so that the trucks and cars could over the water bars. For the second camp he did this again and had to clear the road by sawing off the fallen trees at two spots.
To see camp photos click on Photo Album
Some of the participants have posted photos elsewhere. Click on the name(s) below to go to their galleries
Mt Renshaw—the Beautiful
by Lyn Grants
We all lax lyrical about our wilderness camps and determine every year to go again. We forget the bugs that bite and whine. We forget the ground that’s hard beneath our ageing bones. We forget…… What do I forget (and remember) about Mt Renshaw?
When I close my eyes to remember this year’s camp I see Mt Renshaw standing tall, paintbrush in colours I’d never seen before and gentian blooming inky blue and thriving— in the bog!
Yes—we of Week One not only had the best of the flowers (or so we thought), we had the best of the bog! We approached the cook and dining tents with care, pulling our feet out of the wet patches between the drier heather mounds, afraid that Mim and Dee would drown in mud that rippled under, over and around their feet. Those on higher ground kept watch each day over Art’s tent that threatened to slide a little closer to the muddy patch he was adjacent to.
Of course we had sun, and beautiful sunsets, (and fierce winds), and wonderful days—but we did have rain, we did have wet ground!
And so one afternoon, idling in my tiny tent while my wet and soggy goretex dried and I sought out drier socks for sodden feet, I summoned up the bard and with apologies to him (and with Portia in mind), I penned the following and that night declaimed it.
The quality of mercy is now strained
Rain droppeth as a flood upon the ground
Beneath our feet which squelch and sink
Into the mud
Mud moves relentlessly unto the site of Art
Who labours mightily to disperse the mire
Threatening to suck into the bog
His very tent.
And ah! our chefs, our Mim and Dee who cook
With skill to fill our quaking guts and raise
Our spirits high
Whilst we of them think much as many days
Of wet and spongy feet are still to come
Dear God of rain and sun we beg for mercy
Command the threatening clouds to break apart
Reveal to us again that mighty peak
Of Renshaw which so had us in its thrall
That caused us to exclaim when we arrived
What joy it is to be upon this marvellous, stupendous, flower filled plain
Now wet and boggy, miserable, soggy, cold and foggy
Marred by never ending
I have spoke thus to plead our case—have mercy!
And oh to what effect! The rain stopped, the skies cleared and Campers for Week Two had clement weather!
|NV 2015 Mount Renshaw camp application||215.01 KB|
|Bird Checklist for McBride (by local resident Elsie Stanley)||76.62 KB|
|equipment list||46.77 KB|
|Safety precautions for hikes||65.44 KB|
|Lightning and Cougars and Bears (oh my!)||51.93 KB|
|Roadlog to McBride||94.63 KB|
|List of potential hikes at Mt Renshaw||19.57 KB|
|Mt Renshaw trail map||564.04 KB|