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    Dec 2005
    Out on the edge of the bell curve

    Mt. Niselbaum

    With snow crashing everywhere and bad weather forecast, we ran for the border
    and new adventures in British Columbia. We planned to stay. Visit Roger's Pass,
    Banff, the Bugaboo's but decided to start in the Valhallas.

    This area is less known and the locals, in the town of Slocan barely know the
    mountains surrounding them. You could make a sitcom about the place, in the
    Northern Exposure mode. Everyone does 2-3 jobs to make ends meet and everyone is
    a character and everyone knows everyone. In fact, within 2 hours of us poking
    about, everyone knew we were in town, many seeking out the strangers and
    welcoming us. We followed the logger/baker guy to his house and he gave us a
    map. "return it when you done" he says. The cafe was buzzing with folks trying
    to guess, mostly wrongly, at what kind of information we might want. The river
    guide tracked us down and told stories of climbing adventures yore, while his
    wife rolled her eyes. They took bets on whether our Impala rent-a-car would make
    it up the hill. (odds were about 3-1 against). The dirt roads were not marked
    and we stopped everyone for directions, including the rangers we met on the side
    of the road, taking a drink of water from the waterfall there. Treating water?
    We don't treat no stinkin water!

    We would make it up the hill in the Impala and the towns folks came to see the
    car 4 days later ("that made it up the hill?). Four peaks in 4 days. We do the
    hike in, set camp and climb Niselbaum, 3 pitches of 5.7 and an engaging backside
    descent. My first international peak for me, eh? Goats were around, hot for our
    urine and added to the black fly problem, as we enjoyed a lovely sunset.
    Pictures eh?

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